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Charming Victoria

Crossing the border from the US to Canada was the most painless land border crossing ever. We didn't even need to get out of our car. We just handed our passports to the man in the booth, answered 5 or 6 questions, and we were on our way. Such a contrast from those hectic Nicaragua border crossings! Good th... Read More

USA West Coast Road Trip

The good ol' family road trip. It's something we haven't done for a long time in this part of the world. And this trip, our focus was on meeting up with friends and family and being reminded of what it's like to live in a developed western country. On our way from Bali to the states, we had a long layover in the Seoul, Korea airport. I usually like to keep... Read More

Best of Both Worlds

We love many things about Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. We love the inspiring scenery and near-perfect weather, healthy and affordable food of almost any cuisine, an earth-conscious community of entrepreneurs and activists, affordable household help, amazing massages for $6-15/hour, and the genuine smiles of laid-back locals. It's a relaxed and thoughtful way of life that we've come to appreciate. But t... Read More

Beach Clubs, Projects, and Kids

Recently, thanks to some friends, we discovered the wonders of beach clubs. Typically, I'm not a big fan of beaches. I do love looking at them, feeling the sand under my feet, and playing in the water and waves can be fun, too. But I have trouble enjoying the aftermath of sandy clothes and a sticky body, and if there's no shade or food around, I typically don't want to stay long. Fortunately, p... Read More

Creative Projects and Productivity

When we came back to Bali a few weeks ago, we really hit the ground running. We've been very busy, but also creative and productive, and have been enjoying our time immensely. Within one week, we found a house we wanted to live in. It's a small 3-bedroom house near Ubud, but it's completely unfurnished and needs some renovation. We signed a lease for 13 years, and have been having fun playing arou... Read More

Sal Tlay Ka Siti

While the memories are still relatively fresh, I wanted to write and organize the thoughts, pictures, and videos surrounding our recent trips to Salt Lake City, the Western Caribbean, and New Orleans. I'll write one post on each of these. It had been about two years since we last visited our home town of Salt Lake City, Utah. We still have many family and friends there and it was wonderful to s... Read More

12 Tips for Raising Young Children Abroad

One of our blog readers recently requested to hear Jennifer's perspective on raising young children abroad, along with some tips she's learned in the process. The following post is her reply. Raising our young children abroad for the past three years has been more of a catalyst for learning than I ever would have imagined, and my expectations were already quite high to begin with. It's... Read More

Silence

Silence is blissful, distressing, revealing, and difficult to maintain. You may have noticed I haven't written on this blog for over a month. I think that's the longest I've ever gone. I've also been posting less on Facebook and Twitter. When we decided to settle in Bali, I wanted the next year to be one of contemplation, inner growth, and self-discovery. (Yes, even more than usual.) The deeper... Read More

She Walks

The day has come. At 14 months old, our baby has learned to walk! She still prefers crawling most of the time, but is now able to stand and walk on her own two feet. Congratulations Aysia! This post will mostly consist of photos and videos of her. ... Read More

A Different Kind of Christmas

Christmas has been very different for us since we moved abroad, in more ways than just being far from extended family. Even before we left, we became disenchanted with certain aspects of the holiday, ...

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