Wow, 150 posts, how awesome is that!
And yes, I am being self congratulatory.
So, while I work this weekend on a back-end redesign of the website, I thought I would pull out some of my favorite posts and a few of my favorite pictures from the last eleven years of traveling as a family.
When going through the blog I realized there are a few reoccuring themes in my posts. Kuala Lumpur is one. Singapore, where we live is also frequently featured. Pictures on my Flickr account also feature trips back to the United States, trips from my youth (and Jeff’s too), and pictures of places and people we love.
Of course there are lots of posts about food on this blog.
There is the post about the Wild Fern of Borneo.
And the post about Weird and Wonderful Food of Asia.
Or there is the picture of my infant son, eating squid, on a stick in Taiwan (okay he wasn’t really eating it, but he did mouth it quite a bit).
There are posts about why travel with your family is something you should do.
Probably one of my most meaningful posts was on The Reason I Travel With My Kids. This was one of those posts that I thought about quite a bit before I wrote it. While some of the writing is clunky, it was heartfelt.
Or the post about Traveling in Asia with your Kids.
And then there are some of the trips we have taken.
Like the trip we took to attend a wedding in Kerala India. The kids loved the boat ride through the backwaters. Read Kiera’s story about the boat ride.
Or the trip we took to Cambodia with our neighbors-the one where we tried to give back doing a bit of “Voluntourism“- by donating our luggage space so that we could deliver basic hygiene kits to the orphanages in Siem Reap.
We have seen some amazing things. Like the Orangutan in Borneo. Or the world’s largest flower in Kota Kinabalu.
We have been to the beaches of Thailand and the beaches in Oregon
Oh, there has been Disneyland in the States. Like the post Disney or Die: How to Ride 16 Rides in 8 Hours .
And Disneyland in Hong Kong. And of course our trip to Tokyo Disneyland this year.
We have seen Amber Waves of Grain and Temples in Cambodia.
We have plans too- We plan on visiting Turkey this July and the Great Wall of China in December.
The summer of 2013 finds us back in the United States, with planned trips to Montana
and Oregon I am sure.
Perhaps back to Chicago or even the East Coast to New York or Washington DC.
Places I want to visit, like taking the kids back to Taiwan to discover where they were born and where they lived the first few years of their lives as well as to Australia.
There are mountains to climb and ski. There are oceans to swim and surf. Bikes, trains, street cars and trams waiting for us. Flights and long car rides in the future. And there will be Roller Coasters for sure.
And, if we are lucky, very lucky, we can continue to share our stories with you. And if luck continues to hold, you will enjoy our stories as much as we love to share them. Thanks for coming along on my trip down memory lane.