Avoid Separation Anxiety

November 4, 2009

photo courtesy of sectionz on Flickr “Oh, God! No! Somebody HELP!” As we walked up to the train station after our fun day at the State Fair,  we noticed a middle-aged couple frantically yelling & beating on a departing train in a vain effort to stop it. The woman was on the verge of hysterics […]

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The State Fair of Texas

November 2, 2009

Every autumn, Dallas plays host to the State Fair of Texas, a 3 1/2-week celebration of Texas culture that we’ve seldom managed to visit in the past. But since it’s just a 10-minute train ride from our new home, the girls and I couldn’t resist making a field trip out of it this year. Visitors […]

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What is “Real Travel” ?

November 1, 2009

I know it’s been a long time since we’ve posted anything – we’ve been busy adapting to life back in the States, and sorting through the lessons we’ve learned while trying to figure out how to turn this simple journal of our travels into a valuable resource for other families and aspiring travelers. For me, […]

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Thoughts on Packing

September 30, 2009

I never used to be a big supporter of the pack lightly club.  I was always a believer in the “I would rather have it and not need it than wish I had not left it at home” method.  No awards are given to the ones with the smallest bags.  However, airline weight restrictions and […]

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What’s Next

September 2, 2009

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything – the last couple months since we returned have been a whirlwind of adjusting to life back in the States and planning our next steps. Time definitely moves faster here! We’re certainly not settling back into the same life we had before – working from a […]

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Best and Worst: Places We Stayed

August 5, 2009

I’ll do this one countdown-style, starting with the best: Best Places We Stayed: Of the 46 different beds we slept in, these were our 10 favorites: 10. Kool Hotel – Siem Reap, Cambodia With super-friendly service, spacious rooms, strong A/C and a swimming pool, the Kool Hotel made a great retreat from a day of […]

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Best and Worst – Tourist Spots

August 4, 2009

OK, in keeping with the theme of best parts and worst parts, we thought of a few more specific things to add to the list. Best Tourist Attractions: Though most of our favorite moments of the trip had nothing to do with the famous tourist attractions we saw, some were well worth the price and/or […]

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The Worst Part

August 3, 2009

I know this may be disappointing to read but we don’t have any great horror stories. Lots of little things didn’t go the way we wanted, but since we never had a strict schedule or specific expectations, it was easy to say  “eh, whatever.” Still, I do have a few things that don’t make the […]

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The Best Part

July 28, 2009

“What was the best part of your trip?” That’s probably the question we’ve been asked the most since returning last month. It’s hard for us to pick any one part of our trip as “the best”, which is probably a sign we did something right. But I’ll do my best to answer it anyway. In […]

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Being “Back”

July 21, 2009

I can’t believe it’s been a month since we returned to America, and how much faster time seems to move here! After similar journeys, other world travelers have told us how quickly it began to seem as though they never left. I see what they mean – as you slip into all the familiar routines, […]

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