Tag: beach


Adventures in Andalucía Andalucia / Spain / Travel

We were so impressed by our visit to Barcelona last year, that within seven months we found ourselves back in Spain once again, this time beginning in the southern part. Brandon gave Emily some fun new trip planning and navigating responsibilities as well. Since we planned to stay a night in Bangkok to break up the journey, he put Emily in charge of working out the logistics...

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Menjangan Island, Bali Bali / Indonesia / Travel

Just off the Northwest coast of Bali, Indonesia lies Menjangan island. Surrounded by clear water, colorful coral, and incredible numbers of fish, it’s a spot we’ve been wanting to visit for some time. So we invited our friends, Brian and Scottie and their 5 year old son, and spent a few days there together. Well, actually the island is uninhabited, except for some monks. But there are several lovely hotels on...

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Lombok Gili Islands / Indonesia / Lombok

Living on a beautiful island like Bali doesn’t mean that life is always a vacation. We get into routines, meet with friends, take classes, work, and study. I recently gave a piano concert at my house (so much fun!) and the kids are learning and creating much in homeschool. We enjoy our lives so much! But sometimes, it’s nice to leave it all behind and...

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Recent Activities in Bali Bali

We first came to Bali over six months ago, and are now feeling quite settled, despite leaving every month or two to renew our visas. We’ve developed some routines, made some friends, and gotten a bit busy with life. And we absolutely love it here! Every day is an adventure in some way, but we like to get out and do different things every once...

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Settling Into Bali Bali

We’ve spent the past few weeks getting settled into our home in Bali, where we’ll be living for at least the next year or so. It’s so nice to be back here in the town of Ubud with the terraced rice fields and tropical climate, the low cost of living, the diverse and delicious food, and the community we’re getting to know. I think I...

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Wrapping up Japan Osaka

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our time in Japan. It’s now Emily’s favorite country. Jen wants to live here, at least during the warm months. And we all love the food, the nature, the feeling of safety, and the interesting cultural aspects that make Japan unique. Despite the high cost, it’s pretty safe to say we’ll be returning here at some point, provided Fukushima doesn’t make the...

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Ke'e beach Family / Hawaii / Travel

It’s been two weeks since we left Costa Rica for our new home in Malaysia, and even though we’re not there yet (we’ll be there in a few hours) we’ve been loving the journey. After leaving Costa Rica, we stopped to visit friends and family in Utah, Washington, and Hawaii. Here are some recent pictures and a summary of the past two weeks. First, before we...

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Rainy day Costa Rica / Productivity

Last week we went with some friends to the Osa Peninsula — a very remote part of Costa Rica accessible only by boat where there is no Internet access, no cell phone service, and no electricity unless you have your own power source. And we had a fabulous time! Below, I’ll be sharing some photos and videos highlighting our trip. But first I’d like to...

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River cruise Costa Rica

Last week we enjoyed a fun visit from my wife’s parents who came down for nine days. This is the third time we’ve had family visit since we’ve lived in Costa Rica, and while we really like having visitors, we’ve gotten kind of tired of showing the same sites over and over again, especially when they’re expensive tourist spots. Yes, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Monteverde...

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