Gratuitous Wish Solicitation

What’s been going on since we last communed, dear reader?

Well, most importantly, cat sitting! We’ve started a period of near-continuous and full-time house sitting, which has been incredible so far. The hosts are all so gracious and kind, the homes are warm and welcoming, and the cats are SO! DAMN! CUTE! ๐Ÿ˜ป

Forgive me if I sound like a skipping record, but if you’ve considered house sitting, just do it! It’s possibly the best way for animal lovers to travel โ€“ especially here in the U.K. where boatloads of new sits are posted daily. I’m so grateful for these amazing opportunities.

Of course, this time hasn’t all been roses. A big reason why I’ve been a bit scarce lately is the intense grief that’s accompanied the first anniversary of my dad’s death. I’ve done a lot of writing and ruminating in private to work through some of this stuff, but I just want to thank everyone who’s held me up during this time. You’re all stars. ๐Ÿ’•

On a lighter (and existentially related) note, my birthday is coming up! Forgive my gratuitous wish solicitation, but if you wanna put an easy smile on my face year after year, all you have to do is add January 28 to your calendar. You’re welcome. ๐ŸŽ‚

Oh, and I’ve also updated our travel agenda if you wanna check it out.

I miss you guys! What have you been up to?

-Janice

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Where in the World Is Janny Sandiego?

One of the hardest parts of living out of a suitcase โ€“ besides actually lugging around said suitcase โ€“ is keeping my friends and family up-to-date on my whereabouts. The most common question I get after “How are you?” is: “Where in the world are you?”

Over the holidays, we were lucky enough to enjoy this incredible view in Minehead!

To help keep you guys in the loop, I’ve put together this schedule of our whereabouts over the next few months. I’ll try to keep it updated, so feel free to bookmark this post and check back.

  • Jan. 5 to 12 โ€“ Brighton* ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
  • Jan. 12 to 17ย โ€“ Southampton ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
  • Jan. 17 to 31 โ€“ Stamford* ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
  • Jan. 31 to Feb. 15 โ€“ Leeds* ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
  • Feb. 16 to 23 โ€“ Leafield* ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
  • Feb. 23 to 25 โ€“ Southampton ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
  • Feb. 26 to Mar. 8 โ€“ Brighton* ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
  • Mar. 8 to 10 โ€“ Southampton ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
  • Mar. 10 to April 7 โ€“ Edinburgh ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ
  • April 7 to 10 โ€“ย Scottish Highlands ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ
  • April 10 to 15 โ€“ Forfar*ย ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ
  • April 15 to 18 โ€“ Lake District ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
  • April 18 to 29 โ€“ Preston* ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
  • April 29 to May 3 โ€“ Wales ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ
  • May 3 to 19ย โ€“ย Leeds* ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
  • May 19 to 23 โ€“ Stratford-upon-Avon ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ
  • May 24 to June 2 โ€“ Brussels* ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช
  • June 2 to 3 โ€“ Paris ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
  • Juneย 3 โ€“ Halifax ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Updated Feb. 8, 2019.ย Asterisks = house-sits.

We have organized house-sits and places to sleep right up until it’s time to fly back to Canada via Paris. But there’s always room for improvisation, so I’d love to hear your recommendations for places we should visit!

-Janice