Category Archives: Thoughts on Travel

One Year Later

We came home a year ago.  It hasn’t been an easy year.  It actually was harder than our year of travel.  Many things had changed by the time we got home.  The stressors in our lives had increased.  Cat began middle … Continue reading

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Road Schooling

The school year is ending.  It’s the last day of finals week for Hank.  Cat has another week and a half before she’s done with seventh grade.  Hank has spent the year adjusting to the rules a Catholic high school, … Continue reading

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Traveling Companions

We met the Dixons half-way through our trip.  We had dinner together at a local restaurant in Chang Mai, Thailand.  We pushed several formica tables together and gathered enough plastic chairs to seat us all.  We ate traditional Chiang Mai … Continue reading

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One of the big things that has changed now that we’re home is how much time we spend driving.  Bill and I are not happy about it.  Granted we don’t drive much.  We tend to bike to work and school. … Continue reading

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Hair Cuts

The day before we left for this trip I went to get my haircut.  I wanted to donate my ponytail.  I’d done this several times before.  It’s a really easy way to do good by somebody; the hair pretty much … Continue reading

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Home Again

We’ve been home a little over a month now.  We traveled for a whole year.  We left July 1, 2011 and came home July 1, 2012.  A leap year, 366 days. I expected some culture shock when we returned.  But … Continue reading

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Things My Mother Would Like

I just turned 50 on May 10th.   And what with the arthritis, the back pain, and the hemorrhoids I’m starting to think I’m old. But I’m not.  Not yet.  My mother will be turning 83 in August. I think of … Continue reading

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Three-Quarters Done

Our family has now been through: 9 months of travel 19 airplane rides 13 countries visited 21 SIM cards 5 long distance train rides 32 boat trips (including one paddleboat) 1 hot air balloon ride 1 paraglide trip 2 donkey … Continue reading

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One of the reasons we’re taking this trip

3 things I learned while my plane crashed: Ric Elias on We don’t want to have to learn this lesson the way he did.  Grab some tissues before you watch this.

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