If there's one thing that I must be grateful for thus far, it's my back. It's probably a gene I have inherited from Mom. All my life I have not heard her ever complain of sakit pinggang. Even now when she has spondylosis, the discomfort shows up elsewhere.
Recently, on a nine day trip to the UK for my son Azeim's graduation, we all ie. hubby, our two daughters as well as Azeim who planned the holiday, had to put our backs to the test.
Of the 7 nights on terra firma, we had the luxury of beds on only three. 2 nights on coach seats in the Glasgow-to-London sleeper train and back, and 2 nights in a rented car on a marathon Glasgow-Land's End-Andover(Stonehenge)- Brighton-Dover-Glasgow road tour.
Which made the three nights at an inn near Inverness, a hotel in Glasgow and a B&B in Andover like god-send and thoroughly appreciated.
I had wondered loudly if I would ever get to go on a luxurious holiday, flying first-class sleeping on recliner seats, checking into a classy six-star hotel, being chauffeured here, there and everywhere in limousines and eating the finest cuisine.
BUT... that'd be the kind of holiday that spoils you rotten, that might actually weaken your muscles and may even make you suffer back pain actually.
And you learn nothing from not getting lost and finding your own way around a megapolis like London.
You might not quite feel the exhilaration of looking onto a beautiful Atlantic Ocean at the south-western tip of England they call Land's End, after a long overnight drive that is.
What more negotiating the scenic route along the sunny southern coast all the way to Dover and walking on it's white cliffs overlooking the majestic ferry port where in the distance you can even see France.
And how tremendous it was on the morning of your flight home which was at 1400 hrs you had your final shower at the motorway rest area outside Glasgow
and then you limited yourself to only one and a half hours shopping for summer bargains, which did not include kilts
Alhamdulillah, the old back held up.
Then again, a luxurious holiday might be very nice indeed.