Year of the Appliance

For the past decade we’ve shed most of our belongings to live abroad. We wanted to live more simply so that we could experience things rather than own them. We chose small apartments and systematically shed all of our belongings along the way. It was a bittersweet process of letting go and learning to appreciate…

Lockdown Culture Trip – Week 7

Morocco We visited in 2015 with our dear friends. A little city, sea and a bit of the mountains, it was wonderful! Tonight we made a turnip and prune tagine to celebrate this special place. It sounds strange, but was delicious! A beautiful broth laden with spices (cinnamon, ginger, cumin and saffron) and honey. Venezuela…

Lockdown Culture Trip – Week 6

Cyprus Today we made Louvi (black eyed beans) for lunch. A very traditional Greek and Cypriot dish that every family has their own recipe for. It so reminded me of the southern US cooking my dad made at home with black eyed beans, greens and a spicy vinegar. So good! Egypt We visited Sharm el-Sheik…

Lockdown Culture Trip – Week 4

It’s week 4 of staying put during the time of COVID-19 and we are still thinking of travel – places we have enjoyed and places we dream to explore. So we continue to study fun facts about each new country and learn to prepare a traditional meal. What a gift this time at home is!…

Lockdown Culture Trip – Week 3

Lebanon Lebanon – a more diverse and progressive Middle Eastern country with snowy mountains, delicious food and the first ever law school. Feasting tonight on fatoush which comes from the word “fatta” meaning crushed bread or crumbs. In the absence of pita bread we opted to fry up the end of a sourdough. Bon appetit!…

Culture Trip whilst in Lockdown – Week 1

We have been at our home in Melbourne now for a month during the Covid-19 lockdown. I’m happy we are all together, that we have a roof over our head, we are healthy, and financially stable – we are lucky. My daughter had a wonderful idea one night, to stage a Hawaiian themed dinner, and…

Travel Time Capsules

Kate and I have a general rule that in our travels we don’t return to the same destination. There are simply too many places in the world to justify a repeat, no matter how cherished the location or our time spent there. We visited Copenhagen six years ago for a long (but not long enough)…

A Year of Yes

Something I love about travel is stepping outside of my comfort zone. I wholeheartedly believe that through discomfort comes growth. Unfortunately, the day-to-day routine gets the better of me. Life feels stagnant. I encourage my kids to say yes to trying new things. They are all so good at it. They are joiners and so…

Cairns, Crocs and Companions

Airline: Jet Star Flight Time: 2.5 hours from Sydney Time Zone: AEST Dates: 4 July – 8 July, 2018 Thank god for good friends. They have your back when you need it the most, they don’t complain and they support you and your attitude when you are down. Just these sorts of friends flew over…