A Little Norwegian Help On Taking A Vacation

My husband complained to me that it’d been too long since we’d gone on vacation. I thought he was being ridiculous since we last had a weekend getaway in November. Then I remembered ah yes, it’s the Norwegian in him.

The view of Lake Como.

Hubby was born in Norway and moved here when he was 19. In his “muthaland” as he calls it, the law requires that workers have at least 25 paid vacation days and there’s 10 public holidays.

In the U.S., employers are not required to provide any paid vacation and usually large companies allow for 15 vacation days and 10 paid holidays, according to Mercer Human Resource Consulting. The Center for Economic and Policy Research found that the U.S. was dead last when it comes to the world’s richest countries. Twenty of the richest countries require companies to provide paid vacation days. Not ours.

I don’t mean to bore you with statistics, but wanted to give some perspective on our different viewpoints. Our trip in November was the last hurrah as a family of three and my seven-month-pregnant-self rocked a bikini at a waterpark in Lake Geneva, Wis. (Me to hubby: “You can tell I’m pregnant and not fat right? <insert eye roll.>)

This past weekend we went back to Lake Geneva. We like the area because it’s close to our home, yet the culture is so different that it truly feels like a getaway.

Our cabin at Duffy's.

This time we returned to a privately owned batch of cottages steps away from Lake Como. It’s called Duffy’s and Hubby and I were excited to go back because we had a great time there with Logan two years ago, plus across the street from the cottages is Duffy’s pub, so being the lushes that we are, we were happy not to have a designated driver.

We left on Friday early afternoon and came back Monday afternoon. We didn’t do anything fancy, but we enjoyed ourselves. We grilled yummy grub, went on walks, stayed up late, played board games with Logan, and after the boys were down Hubby and I talked.

It felt so good just to talk about nothing with him. We’re so rushed with responsibilities and pressed for time that our conversations can seem task-oriented and feel more like a business meeting. “I’m working late on Wednesday and Thursday this week.” “I’m going to the store, what do you need?” “The bathroom sink is wonky again.” “It’s time for an oil change.” “Logan has soccer on Saturday…”

And it was a good vacation. We got away from our To Do lists, focused on our family and we’re all better for it. We all recognize the importance of getting away, but all of us can’t, won’t or just plain don’t do it. I’m glad I’ve got a Norwegian to help me to stop and enjoy life.

8 responses to “A Little Norwegian Help On Taking A Vacation

  1. I love the short trips like that almost more. You aren’t gone long enough for anything to really pile up, but the getting away is still, well, getting away.

  2. Glad to have been tweeting with you today. I totally get the itch if I go more than a few months without going somewhere, even for a weekend. Glad your husband influences you to get away and have fun, its always beneficial to regroup. Stop by my blog sometime if you get a chance – http://hungrigyrl.blogspot.com. Have a lovely day!

  3. Sounds like a fun vacation! I wish I could get away from my todo list:)

    • Funny thing about my To Do lists. My husband tells me to take mine for the day, cut it in half and then cut it in half again. He’s big on the whole enjoying life kind of thing and I’m so grateful for that. 🙂

  4. This sounds like heaven! Our camping weekend was really great, but camping in a tent is a LOT of work – and there are too many opportunities to bark at the kids over unzipped screens, unwiped shoes and unmanaged articles of whatever. The 3 day cabin retreat sounds like a wonderful compromise.

    • Lynn- I admire you in so many ways. I wish that I’d have the heart to raise my family like yours. Funny thing about the unzipped screens and unwiped shoes, in our cabin there were loads of lady bugs and stink bugs. I didn’t mind the lady bugs, but the stink bugs, they were a bit much. We had more bugs on this trip than our last camping trip, but still really, really, amazingly wonderful.

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