It’s been awhile friends! Last we spoke to you, we were well settled in Kathmandu, Nepal. Flash forward a year and half and our Yoda has traveled to 4 more countries and flown more than 10.000 miles. Not bad for a furry beast! Wanna know how he does it? Read on to discover how Yoda continues his adventures around the world.
Nepal was by far the wildest adventure we’ve had with our beast (especially riding on a bicycle with him) but it did not stop there. We are travelers at heart and while it’s not always easy, it sure is always exciting! After Nepal, we all flew back to the USA for the summer to say hi to the rest of the family before heading back to Europe. Yoda reunited with his “cousins” (Brittany’s sister’s pets): 3 dogs, two cats and a crazy macaw.
It’s always amazing to see this little world interact. All the barking, meowing and singing… I think we are quite lucky as they all get along very well and adapt so quickly to each other.
Summer went by fast and he soon had to say goodbye to his crew to start on a new adventure. I had to leave early to see my family in France so Brittany was the one who took care of bringing Yoda to the airport.
While she stayed a little longer in the US, Yoda flew on his own to Paris where I went to pick him up. I don’t know if you’ve ever had the chance to pick an animal up at the airport but it is quite a funny process (put aside all the paperwork).
To picture the scene, you need to imagine a gigantic warehouse, usually used for cargo goods coming from all over the world. The warehouse is looking quite empty at this very early time in the morning (it was 6am), making the scene even funnier and disproportionate. Here comes Yoda in his large crate on top of a big, powerful forklift that could probably carry 4000 pounds. He was delivered to me (although very gently) like some kind of construction material!
After a good laugh, we drove back together to the center of France to spend a few more weeks with family and friends before starting the next part of our journey to the Netherlands, where Brittany started her master’s program in humanitarian action.
Once more Yoda traveled by car for hundreds of miles to reach this new unfamiliar place, home of the gouda cheese, windmills, millions of bicycles, canals and so much more.
Not that Yoda interacted much with any of those, but he did have his share of adventures. We often say that cats are creatures of habits. That might be true for some, but Yoda shows us that an ever changing life can also be managed, even with a furry friend.
Think about it: while in the Netherlands, we changed home 3 times in less than a year. For most cats I believe that would be quite the challenge. Well for Yoda, that’s just excitement, other opportunities to put his nose everywhere and climb and run around…Overall, he seems to be a pretty happy kitty!
He even met a friend as we were cat sitting for our tenant in one of those places. Yoda the indoor, traveling cat met Peter, a black and white outdoor scaredy cat. At first we thought those two would never get along but after a week of slow introduction and positive reinforcement, they overcame their fear of each other and became not-so-close napping buddies.
As of today, we are in Brussels, Belgium. Our little family is enjoying winter here before a new start. Yoda enjoys settling down from time to time, just like his parents. In Brussels he hasn’t been able to go outside as much, but that doesn’t stop him from trying to escape out the window and scale the rooftops of Brussels for a better look at the city (yes that really happened and Brittany almost jumped out after him).
But all adventures aside, we’re also writing to say we’ve decided on our next destination! We think Yoda will be pretty pleased with it, too. Want a clue?
…Tacos and tequila! 😉