Monday, 19 July 2010

What not to do on holiday in Nova Scotia with toddlers

  1. Never point out the dangers of a jellyfish washed up on the beach. The only possible outcome is two 40 pound children clinging to your legs like little koala bears refusing to walk on the sand, followed by days of back pain for Mummy and Daddy.
  2. Never assume the travel cot is still big enough for your toddler. Poor Elliot spent his first night sleeping with his head and feet pressing against either end of the travel cot, and the following night shouting "no baby bed! no baby cot!" and trying to climb out.
  3. Never shuffle along in the grass in tevas during wasp season. I've discovered that having a wasp trapped under my toes inside sports sandals is really not a good thing, and neither was the kids overhearing my cursing from the nearby playground. 
If you can manage to avoid these 3 things, and the hundreds of horseflies, and a trip to the only walk-in medical clinic in town for treatment of infected bites from the horrendous aforementioned creatures on your 3 year old's eye, then I guarantee you'll love Nova Scotia. I'll write again soon with some recommendations on wonderfully child friendly places to visit, including a stunning beach with the warmest waters north of the Carolinas, a museum dedicated to a giantess, and a superb outdoor pool and splash park.

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