I regretted the words the minute they were out of my mouth.  No, I hadn’t been snippy with Dale, or snapped at the girls.  I’d done something much, much worse… I had tempted fate. The day before heading to China, our final stop on our ’round-the-world (RTW) adventure, Dale and I were reminiscing over the […]

What in the world are they making? I ask myself as we approach a young Balinese man standing atop a ladder, with two other young men assisting him.  The man on the ladder appears to be sewing the final touches on a larger-than-life bull piñata. With a quizzical look on my face, I ask “What […]

When we pulled up to the beach my first impression was how different it was from any other beach I’d ever been to.  There was trash EVERYWHERE.  We were here to surf, not to drown in litter. I then learned how all of the trash accumulated on the beach.  Don’t blame it all on the […]

If you’ve ever been to Sedona, Arizona, you know what it’s like: filled with yoga classes, high-end spas, and a Zen vibe.  Well…Asia has a Sedona, too.  It’s just under the name of Ubud, Bali.  The bonus about Bali is the ridiculously cheap prices. In this post I will compare prices for yoga and spas […]

One of the best parts of having a baby is getting to choose the name, right?  While it may be for us Americans, the Balinese have a special naming system in which only four names are used! They don’t even get to pick from the four choices, because the Balinese and people of the nearby […]

You may or may not know that there are more sheep in New Zealand than humans.  The ratio of sheep to humans is 9:1 in New Zealand.  New Zealand has 34.2 million sheep and 6.2 million cows.  Kiwis love their sheep–everywhere you look you see a pasture overflowing with sheep.  You can’t come to New […]

If you look back on history, it seems like most countries were colonized or settled by either the British or French.  With each country settled by one of the two superpowers, wars with the natives took place.  The early American colonists fought with the Native Americans, the Australians took over the Aboriginals’ land, and the Kiwis […]

How bizarre, I think, as we approach the beach.  Even from far away, I know this is no ordinary beach.  Instead of playing in the surf, or basking in the sun, bikini-clad women and bare-chested men furiously dig in the sand.  It looks like a scene from the movie Holes, except the diggers are vacationers, […]

We all had requirements for our ’round-the-world trip. For Dad: a road trip around New Zealand.  In progress. For Mom: New Year’s Eve in Sydney.  Check. For Delaney: a week in London.  Done. And for me… A meerkat encounter in Wellington, New Zealand. “It tickles, it tickles!” I quietly shrieked.  Meerkats scurried underneath the sack that […]

Every city has that one street either nobody wants to live on, or everybody wants to live on.  In San Francisco, Lombard Street, or the World’s Crookedest Street, is that desirable street.  Halfway across the world in Dunedin, New Zealand, Baldwin Street is the dreaded opposite.  The complete reverse of Lombard Street, Baldwin Street is perfectly […]