We’ve landed. Our world no longer consists of reservations and logistics, but is filled with boxes, dust, and leaking pipes. In returning home, we face so many transitions: possessing only what can be carried in a suitcase, to a houseful of belongings. Living in such close proximity as a family, to a life filled with [...]
White Christmas Dreams, or fun on the beach.
It is not that we’ve spent every winter holiday season at home. We even spent another white sand Christmas under the sun in Mexico. But, even in those years where we left home, we first had our own tree and our own decorations pulled out of [...]
A Gap Year Redux~
It was nice to be home, surrounded by friends for a few weeks. The sense of love and belonging I get from those I choose to surround myself with is such a central part of my life. Although the months spent just the four of us are not without love and humor, [...]
We’re on countdown, again. One week today before our departure when we lose ourselves in wandering; resuming our interrupted trip around the world.
I’ve been practicing some wildlife photography, and decided I really need a better lens. My Tamron super zoom with a teleconverter is just not very crisp.
This time is different, a blend of [...]
A Gap Year Redux
We are making our plans to head back out: South Africa in November. It has been nice sitting here for a time, surrounded by friends and family. Slowly, more things have been sifted out of storage, and we’ve been shopping, as well. Coming is the process of paring back down to the [...]
We go by our house from time to time, picking up things and dropping off others. Mostly in the extra garage that is not attached to the house, but sometimes inside as well. We make arrangements with our tenants to let us in. We’ve left quite a lot of our things inside, hastily packed in [...]
Internet. It has become such a central part of our lives, even more on this trip around the world than at home. Its reach is beyond the time spent in front of the computer at work or school, it shapes where we stay and our days when we are there. It is a love-hate relationship, [...]
The sisters sharing a view of Andorra
Sometimes it feels like living under a microscope, being in such close proximity to the family at all times. There is no independent life, when we explore it is together, everyone wants to go along to the grocery store, taking the car alone means someone else is left [...]
Storm Clouds gathering in Andorra
We spent nearly 12 hours underway, mostly windshield time in the car, driving from the tiny hilltop village of Pignona, Italy, in the hills above Levanto, to Andorra. We followed the freeways around the north shore of the Mediterranean, and cut inland as we approached Spain. We didn’t know much [...]
Looking at Corniglia from the trail through the Cinque Terre
We met up with the family of Hannah’s friend Noelle and hiked the Cinque Terre trail. Well, four of the five lands, anyway. We started on the southern end, the easiest route, the Way of Love. Named the Via dell’Amore, lovers place locks on the [...]
Sailboats in the harbor at Korcula
Don’t get me wrong, we loved most of Croatia, and were awestruck by the preserved history in Rovinj, Dubrovnik, Pula, and Korcula. That said, when Hannah and I walked into the first convenience store just out of Trieste, Italy for a bathroom break and to pick up something to [...]
Omiš, Croatia: a view from the Pirate’s Fort.
We’ve been missing home. Our doggie Sadie back at home got hurt and needed stitches yesterday. The couple who are caring for our house and animals are not sure how it happened; they came home and she had a big tear just behind her shoulder. We [...]
We ended our tour of Dalmatia in Hvar, an island with a city of the same name which has had a great deal of press as a destination. It’s known as a place to see and be seen, and comes complete with a sterile looking large resort hotel with a pool that made [...]
The family has grown more egalitarian; teamwork through travel. The lessons are very clear and obvious. Not a lecture from a parent about some abstract thought, but the reality that if we don’t all carry our own bags we will miss the train. Understanding that to figure things out, like how to weigh and label [...]
Yesterday we visited Mirabella, the pirate fortress above the old town of Omis.
Before leaving to wander, I spent hours researching online schools. Having the specific need of a child in high school who would be returning to the public school system at the end of our journey meant there were not a crowd of [...]