Dear Family

We’ve spent the past month travelling with my family and it has been an amazing experience, not always easy but always worth it. Mark and I had a total of 9 people meet up with us – my Mum and Dad; my three brothers, Chris, James & Oliver; Chris’ girlfriend Jess; my Aunty and Uncle; and another Aunty. This is an open letter to them all after we travelled through Rome, Bratislava, Prague, Ancona, Venice, Tuscany and Sorrento.

Dear Family,

Growing up I used to think we were normal and it’s not since I’ve gotten older that I’ve realised we are not normal at all. It’s like when they say “if you don’t know who your annoying co-worker is, then you’re the annoying co-worker”. Well that’s us, we are that crazy family you see out in public that can show up anywhere and just take over but not always in a good way. The past month stirred a range of different emotions in me.

You made me so happy. You travelled so far to see Mark and I. Of course I know you didn’t come just for us but the fact that you came because of us meant the world to me.
You made me laugh to the point it hurt and I made ugly snorting sounds.
You angered me when I watched you treat each other badly.
You reminded me of our old life by talking to us about life back at home.
You frustrated me because there were so many of you and it was so hard to make everyone happy.
You made me cry, both in good ways and bad.

I loved being able to watch your faces as you experienced things I had already experienced.
I loved having you there with Mark and me when we went to a new city and were able to experience it for the first time.
I loved being able to split taxi costs, which meant splurging on a taxi wasn’t as bad, as normal.
I loved watching you meet your relatives for the first time and getting to know them.

I hope your trip away was everything you imagined it to be. A month away is a long time but I hope it was worth it. It was worth it for me.

Dad, I’ll never forget listening to you talk to all of your family in Italian, smiling the whole time while learning things about your family you never knew.
Mum, I’ll never forget the smile you had on your face as you watched your family walk through unknown cities in foreign countries. You were watching us, but I was watching you.
R, S & J, I’ll never forget the heated debates and intense discussions we had after dinner some nights, the laughter and tears that came from them.
Mum, R & J, I’ll never forget the typical ‘mum’ comments that were made throughout the whole trip, giving us ammunition to laugh and to tease you about.
Boys & Jess, I’ll never forget being able to hang out with you like we did at home, laughing at each other and with each other.
I’m not sure when I will see you all again but it’s ok because this holiday with you will stay with me forever. Thank you for giving that to me.

And now to Mark, I’ll never forget what you did for my family and me. Thank you isn’t enough but it’s a start.

All my love,

B xx





8 Replies to “Dear Family”

  1. Bianca – this piece of writing is your best – it is what makes you so special to me. I love the way you describe your emotions in such an honest and gutsy way. Most of us would make it all nice and pretty while you – well you just say it as it comes to you. As I read this piece I could hear you saying it all in my head with the inflections in your voice and the smile on your face. I am so glad you had the month of love, laughter, tears and fun with your family and especially with Mark. Yes you are right it will never leave you – not just because it was a special time but mostly because your are one beautiful, caring and daring young woman who makes sure that what is truly important comes form the heart. Molti auguri e amore tutti tempo, baci e baci. Susannaxxx


    1. Susan, grazie mille per le tue parole generose! Oddly enough as soon as my family left I knew I wanted to write something to them and I thought it would be interesting for others to read it. I hope all is well and am still looking forward to the possibility of meeting you along this trip of ours.
      Bianca xxx


  2. Beautiful Bianca, Thank you for sharing with this outsider. Cheers and stay safe. BP

    Sent from my iPad Brian Pearson M: 0416 219 505



  3. To everyone that reads Bianca’s & Mark’s blog.

    I am one of the crazy’s in the family, B & Mark from the bottom of my heart I would like to thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey.
    You are both well traveled and “worldly”, I loved listening to your stories of where you have been in the world.
    You were both very accommodating, understanding and most of all selfless, you worried about us all first, making sure we were all enjoying ourselves.
    We are truly blessed to have the crazy family we have, our holiday wasn’t just a holiday it’s another story to add to all the other amazing holidays, function’s etc that we relive and retell over and over.

    You’re all the most treasured people in my life and I love my crazy family xxx

    Bianca and Mark continue to travel safe, enjoy the rest of your journey, see you when you return xx

    Just for the record I’m pretty sure I won most of the arguments (in my mind anyway) 🙂


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