The open entry into the tree house.
It’s interesting how perception and expectation create our comfort level and how stories of unfamiliar places become blurred. What is really an isolated incident, the small dot of paint is smeared by the mind’s palm across the whole map. Even knowing this, I fall victim to my own [...]
Doing the tourist thing at Cape Agulhas, standing on the southernmost tip of Africa, where oceans meet.
We’ve added another night to our stay in Hermanus. We just don’t really want to leave, and our days here were spent with too much driving around and not enough putting ourselves in the picture as we looked [...]
Several months ago, Marlie chose South Africa as her top choice of places to visit on our family trip around the world. As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, this is a child who dreams of a life as a marine biologist, studying jellyfish and sea slugs. Seriously. She has talked about this dream unceasingly for [...]
In Brussels, a constant crowd gathers in front of the small fountain statue called Manneken Pis, of a little boy peeing.
We came here not knowing much about Brussels or even Belgium. The land of chocolate, thriving, modern, historic; my vague thoughts. Not many of my friends have come home with stories, my open questions [...]
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, [...]
This has to be my favorite building in Omiš, irony in structure. The ultra modern Bank of Zagreb with mirrored windows downstairs, the typical concrete apartment building upstairs.
Omiš is the tidal waters where the uninspiring and beautiful collide in curious contrast. There is a lovely little old town center, topped by an ancient stone [...]
February 24th or 25th, Somewhere over the Atlantic, waking up. The low passenger count on this flight allowed me the best sleep I’ve ever had in flight, although I have no idea how long. Of course, the two and a half hour night before we left helped me sleep now.
The last few days were [...]
Breathe. The swarm of thoughts and details that buzz through my head include an important one which I keep pulling back to the surface. Breathe. I look through my countdown list several times a day, and try to keep myself working on something, anything, rather than stare at it in blind panic. As things have [...]
We have spent a good part of our vacation time on rivers. The restless water and remote places calm or minds as we follow the current. When we are away from rivers, they still filter into our thoughts and influence our views. These experiences impact the way we plan, including the big leap we are [...]
We were interviewed yesterday by a reporter for the Bend Bulletin, the local paper. They plan to run a little article about our upcoming travels. Alandra Johnson, the Family Reporter, came to the house to talk with us and our girls about our plans, thoughts, and hopes. It will be fun to see how it [...]
In the years that have passed since I lived with my Oma and went to school on Germany for a year and John spent his gap year after college vagabonding through Europe, things have changed on the visa front. Our tentative plan had us landing in Europe in February, and not leaving for Africa until [...]