It’s been more than five months since we landed back home in the U.S. after six months on the other side of the world, and I have to say that the transition hasn’t been exactly what I expected. No judgment in that (that’s one thing I practiced on sabbatical-not judging, just being), but sometimes I … More Life After Sabbatical: Pop Tarts, Unemployment, and Mom
Our visit to Laos has been an unexpected adventure from the beginning. When we arrived in Thailand nearly six months ago, we didn’t have any plans to visit Laos. Heck, two years ago, I couldn’t have found it on a map (blame my US geography education or lack thereof), pronounce it correctly, or tell you … More Adventures in Border Crossing: Thailand to Laos
Sabbatical has given us the time and space to grow, learn, and be reminded of what matters. Special thanks to my husband, Trent, for his thoughtful reflections below on his own unique sabbatical experience. I am grateful every day that he is my life partner and that we are on this adventure together. I hope … More Sabbatical Lessons: a guest blog by my husband, Trent
The end of sabbatical draws closer every day like an approaching cargo ship on the horizon, packed with dogs and friends and family and good Mexican food, and also a whole lotta slap-ya-in-the-face reality. But until that ship arrives, we are happily enjoying every moment of every day. Our last two days in Cairns qualify … More Sabbatical Days 344 and 345: The Great Barrier Reef and Waterfall Loop
Townsville to Cairns We spent our last day in Townsville taking in the scenic views from the top of Castle Hill (just shy of being called a mountain). This glorious pink hill is smack dab in the center of Townsville and offers stunning 360 degree views. It was a nice way to end our time … More The Great Australian Road Trip part VII: Final Destination Cairns!
This is the day that I admit to y’all that not every day on sabbatical is all sunshine and totally awesome. Some days are boring or frustrating or disappointing or even sad. Sometimes Trent gets on my nerves, and many days I get on his and vice versa. The camper van leaves little space between … More Oz road trip part V: Desperately Seeking Sunshine
We awoke early in our makeshift free camp site south of Brisbane after falling asleep to the strangely coherent sounds of cars on the highway, someone strumming a guitar, and mobs of twenty-somethings laughing about things they won’t remember in 20 years (but they will remember the feeling of freedom they had). The guitar was … More Straya road trip part IV: A Bundy Time in Brisbane & the Sunshine Coast
It was here in Sydney that Trent finally perfected the Trent’s Beer Index, or TBI as we call it. It’s pretty simple. The TBI is a score that a country receives based on the cost of a draft beer. It’s obviously important, so you’ll read more about it in a future blog post. Let’s just … More G’day from Sydney!
Before arriving in Singapore, the sum total of my knowledge of the city was based solely on 1) spare snippets shared by my husband from his time working on assignment there ~13 years ago, 2) the recent commentary by a young Singaporean couple with whom we dined during a cruise through Vietnam’s Halong Bay a … More Singapore, you captured my imagination. And my wallet.
On our 8th day in Cambodia, we visited the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh. It was important to us to learn more about the disturbing history of the Khmer Rouge in this country. I am embarrassed to say how little I really understood before coming here. If you don’t know much, please google … More Reflections on the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh