Reflections

Lemonade as Our Teacher

Coming down the jetway trying to catch one of our flights in Hong Kong, I caught a glimpse of this poster and had to stop to take a picture of it. It summarized so many things we were trying to accomplish in our trip with Avinash. 1. We wanted him to be aware of the world we live in. To ...

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Laundry: The Surprise Travel Problem

There are a lot of things you have to think about and plan when traveling. Since we’ve been traveling about 8 months now, most of those things are easy. Need a hotel? Jump online, check TripAdvisor, narrow it down, look at pictures and reviews and “KAPOOW” book it. Not so with getting your laundry done. Unless you want to spend ...

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Bye bye comforts of a home base

Leaving Quy Nhon and Vietnam in a couple of days. These past few months have been about playing house, first in India and then Vietnam. About to resume the fun adventures. Heading to Beijing to stand on the Great Wall of China and then to the Harbin Snow and Ice Festival where we all plan to turn into Popsicles (-15) ...

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Pushkar Festival- Mission Accomplished!

Pushkar Desert Festival- Mission Accomplished! We have made it to the Pushkar Festival! I feel like it is a milestone of sorts of our trip. We didn’t plan much before starting our 14 month journey, but Pushkar was one of the few things we spent time dreaming and fantasizing about. Pushkar is an amazing desert festival in the middle of ...

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Amazing Day

September 27, 2013 Amazing Day Last night Avinash cried himself to sleep for the first time. He cried because he did not want the day to end. It was also the first time ever that he expressed that feeling. What was probably an average, maybe even uneventful, day for those around us may be one of the most significant days ...

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Bye Madagascar

Bye Madagascar As we sit at the Antananarivo airport to catch our plane to Nairobi I am filled with mixed emotions as I reflect on our stay here. If I am perfectly honest with myself, I am ready…in fact relieved, to be leaving. I am also not sure that I ever want to come back. Madagascar is a place of ...

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Customer Acquisition Specialist

We met a very interesting person tonight. We’ll just call him “Mike”. We couldn’t exactly come up with a good job description for Mike, so we made one up: Customer Acquisition Specialist. In my opinion, Mike’s talents are being wasted. Let me backtrack a little. So we are walking the streets of Istanbul and at every restaurant there is a ...

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Preparing for Africa

We are less than a week away from our much anticipated Africa portion of our trip. Since we have started traveling Avinash has had very little to no TV or iPad time. So when I suggested that we all start watching some travel documentaries about Kenya and Madagascar he could barely contain his excitement. A few nights ago we watched ...

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Acclimating and Adapting – 3 months on the road now

We’ve been traveling for exactly 3 months now. Last night I lay shivering under the covers of our hotel room in Istanbul. Just 5 days ago when we arrived the thermostat was as the same setting and I couldn’t stop sweating. It’s amazing how our bodies adapt to our new environment. How about our psyches? We’ve spent the summer in ...

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Italy musings

Italians need to discover skinny cappuccinos and carb free pasta! How come you guys don’t get fat???? Even the Italian skinny model types were eating double scoops of gelato. How??? How can Italians have shots of espresso into the night? All the kid friendly activities ( amusement parks, baby dance, etc. )STARTED at 9pm! When do your kids go to ...

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“I will Survive” my humiliating karaoke experience

Last night was our last night at hotel l’Esagono (aka Club Med). Avinash was excited to get the last bits of of our Bella Vita entertainment experience. We were eating in the dining room and baby dance hour started. He scarfed down the last of his food and literally ran to the dance area. All the kids were on stage ...

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Club Med for 3 year olds?!?!?

So, our trip to Sardenia from Florence was literally planned in a day. Nam luckily found us a place to stay at what we thought would be a sleepy seaside resort in San Teodoro where we would waste the day away swimming and building sand castles. Little did we know that Nam had discovered the Club Med for kids. We ...

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Cruisin’ to Sardenia- Who Fartin?!?

Italy has been amazing. Full of beautiful architecture, art and expressive people. But, the Vu’s are ultimately island folk. It’s the peak of summer and for days all we can think about is cooling down. Our first thought was drive north into Switzerland and find the highest peak with a glacier that hasn’t melted yet and lay on it till ...

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Phrases to remember

“Gud mortin, I fartin”- woke up to this German translation of good morning ladies and gentleman on ferry to Sardenia. “Sogni d’oro”- Dreams of Gold- Spannochia, Italy Posted from San Teodoro, Sardinia, Italy.

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How the iPhone has changed the way we travel.

This is the first time we are really travelling with the iPhone.  Sure we’ve taken some trips where having the iPhone has come in handy for looking things up on Yelp, of finding quick directions.  But this time around, it is an indispensable part of travels. Siri may make it Our World of 4. It’s been a while since we ...

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Rome, I am overwhelmed.

Rome, Rome, Rome. Rome is by far the most beautiful city I have ever been to.  Not that it is sparkling clean, or smells like roses everywhere.  It’s old, it’s weathered, it aged very well. It is so easy to become numb and overwhelmed by the beauty of this city.  If you were to take any of hundreds of buildings ...

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Ciao Bella Roma

I’ve got a pit in my stomach. We’ve decided to rent a car and road trip for a month. Part of me is sad to leave Rome, which I truly have fallen in love with. Part of me is nervous about not having the comforts of the long-stay apartments we’ve been calling home. It’s been great schlepping our way-too-many-bags into ...

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Avinash the Dome Climber

Avinash for the most part has been fantastic about all of the walking we have been doing in Rome. I haven’t had this much exercise since we trained for the triathlon and marathon. While Avinash can be very unpredictable with when he wants or does not want to walk, when he does put his mind to it, he shows surprising ...

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Hide and Seek at the Pantheon

We’ve been in Rome enough days that we are kind of ‘settling’ in. Part of settling in is looking for a place to kick back when the day is over. I think that we’ve made the Pantheon that place. We are kind of treating it like our back yard. We had just eaten dinner and decided to spend some time ...

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London Musings

London Why I Love it Best public transportation system!  The tube is brilliant.  I have no idea how they figured out this network of tunnels and webs but it works.  I love that we just showed up, bought an Oyster Card,  hopped aboard and were off to see any nook and cranny we wanted to.  It’s a level of independence ...

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Blog is up….kind of.

Not too many people know about this blog, but if you got here then I wanted to have a least something for you to look at.  We’ll be adding stuff soon, but right now still working on the layout and look and feel.  We’ve got to get it up and running soon before we forget stuff though.

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Our Journey

16 flights Over 50,000 miles 6 continents 2 times around the world 12+ months And that is only getting us started! We’ve only loosely planned the major hub flights for our trip. From these hub cities we will make side trips to other destinations. What kind of ticket did we get? Well, there are various “round-the-world” type tickets and they ...

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Why are we doing this?

Everyone we have talked to has asked us why we are doing this. Besides the obvious “Why not!” there are some very good reasons why we are doing this and why we are doing it now. Avinash is 3 years old and we realized that this would be the last year that we would be able to do a year ...

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