Marlie caught the bus to school today; her first day in a classroom in more than a year and a half. I think I was more misty than when she first left for kindergarten. This summer, since arriving home, has been far more of a roller coaster ride than we’d expected.
There were the [...]
As we arrived home after so many months of wandering, my blogging friend, Sunee from Sunee Sees the World, nominated me to participate in the 7 Links Game started by Tripbase, where bloggers make a list of 7 past posts, which might be favorites, or most commented, or most helpful. The timing seems fitting [...]
Sydney was never on the list. As we’d set off on our trip around the world, we had ideas of places we wanted to see, some specific and others rather vague notions. Although we knew we’d like to go to Australia at some point, we’d not included it on our “go lists” for this grand [...]
Ninjutsu demonstration in Japan at the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum
The Kansai region of Japan is well known for its historical significance. Visitors flock to famous sites such as Himeji and Osaka Castles. It boasts many superlatives: Hōryū-ji Golden Hall, the oldest wooden structure in the world, Tōdai-ji Main Hall, the largest wooden structure in the [...]
Our stay was full of crazy changes and false starts in Hong Kong. Sometimes, unexpected turns lead to magic. This week filled with roadblocks. Don’t get me wrong, we enjoyed Hong Kong and will probably go back some time to explore it more. But, little we did turned out as planned.
We began our [...]
We had to cut things from our list. If there is one thing our travels have taught us, it might well be flexibility. Reality is rarely a straight fulfillment of the vision we have ahead of time. So much so, that we usually don’t schedule everything, but allow time for a place to unfold to [...]
Our first day in Hue, we decided to walk from our hotel to the citadel, the old emperor’s castle. After crossing the moat bridge and entering the old walled city, the cyclo-cabs descended like crows surrounding carrion. Several followed us up the street, repeating the “one hour tour,” “very cheap” sales pitch as they pedaled [...]
We never did ride the elephants. While we were in South Africa, we’d seen advertisements for an elephant safari, where we could ride pachyderms through the bush. Somehow, we felt that the Asian elephant has a longer history of being a working animal than the African, and opted to wait until we were in Thailand. [...]
A long neck woman in Huay Pu Keng, near Mae Hong Son, Thailand
In Mae Hong Son, a little town in the hills near the Myanmar border, we took a boat ride down the river to a Karen village. This place was home to refugees from Burma, the hill tribe where the women wear heavy [...]
Sunday was mothers’ day in the US… still is back home, although it’s Monday here in Chiang Mai already. Yesterday, in honor of mothers day, the family went with me to Wat Doi Suthep. My destination picks usually involve some sort of history and architecture. We came across this dragon guarding one of the [...]
It’s all about what lives in the water. Whether it is the sea or fresh water, Marlie wants to experience what lies under the waves. The other day I took her to the Aquarium here in Chiang Mai, I think this is the tenth aquarium she has dragged me to in various cities around the [...]
We bought our final flight tickets yesterday. Home. We’ll land in late June; less than two months left ahead of us before we return to our stationary life we wandered away from a year and a half ago. As I sit in our apartment looking out at Chiang Mai, I can’t quite come to terms [...]
Bangkok, Thailand, and the Chao Phraya River from the Temple of Dawn
Colorful bows and umbrellas on a long tail boat.
Longtails lined up
Bow of the King’s boat at the Royal Barges Museum
Restoring the barge- a worker helping to restore the gold leaf on one of the royal barges
Figurehead on a [...]
Yesterday afternoon, we rented scooters to ride around Mae Hong Son. After a little time practicing turns and stops in the parking lot at the airport, we wove through town and around some loops into the countryside surrounding it. As we drove through town, the girls spotted a colorful little shop selling bags and clothes, [...]
This will be our fourth family Easter spent overseas, our third in a Buddhist country. Our two trips taking the girls to Japan while my brother and his family lived there both coincided with the spring festivities. Last year we were in Geneva, the Europe part of our trip around the world. We even dyed [...]