Mandatory blog post by child – Henry

I am forcing my children to write something.  Thought it might be good to brush off their visual cortex before returning to school next week.  Here is the final installment in a four part series. I had a great time.   The best place for me was French Polynesia, which included Bora Bora, and Rangoria.  They […]

Mandatory blog post by child – Owen

I am forcing my children to write something.  Thought it might be good to brush off their visual cortex before returning to school next week.  Here is the third in a four part series. MOST BORING PART OF THE VACATION WAS LONDON IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH, MUCH BETTER IF MY DAD HAD TAKEN ME […]

Mandatory blog post by child – Callum

I am forcing my children to write something.  Thought it might be good to brush off their visual cortex before returning to school next week.  Here is the second in a four part series. Vacation was like an adventure. First we were at the Easter Islands and we were like woah! Then we were at […]

Mandatory blog post by child – Georgie

I am forcing my children to write something.  Thought it might be good to brush off their visual cortex before returning to school next week.  Here is the first in a four part series. Georgie’s part This vacation was great!!!! I was just so excited for Easter Island but I was so bummed about all […]

Day 53 – day 61, Ireland

GM and I took a trip to Ireland 20 years ago.  We drove around, mostly in the West. We didn’t have a itinerary figured out, just flights in and out.    It was a great trip we even managed to get engaged on the Cliffs of Moher.   We were in Ireland several economic lives ago so […]

Day 48 – day 52, London or hitting the proverbial wall

I am not sure  if it was because we had been on the road so long, moving from winter to summer, or because of the huge crowds, but we really didn’t do London.  We had a cool house in Chelsea right on the Kings Road that made getting around on bus and tube a snap.  […]

Day 42 – day 47 , Capetown, South Africa

Of all the places we went on this trip,  Capetown was the biggest revelation.  We had always heard that it was a cool town but we had no idea how beautiful it was.  Its spectacular.  It is most definitely in my top three most beautiful cities I have been to (Rio, Capetown, San Francisco).  Along […]

Day 39– day 41 Odd Balls Enclave, Okavango Delta Botswana

We sadly had our last meal, a yummy protein laden breakfast with Brent and crew before we left camp one last time.  Brent drove us to an airstrip where we met our transfer (another light aircraft) that was going to take us to our next stop, a rustic camp on the delta, Oddballs. Oddballs is […]

An aside

A couple of random thoughts about this part of the trip.  I learned that my mothering instincts are intact and maybe I am not as lazy a parent as I thought I was. I was a bit nervous at times that one of these wild animals would harm my kid.  We got very close and […]

Days 38 – day 43, Mobile Safari in Botswana

We were driven early in the morning to the Botswana border where we cleared immigration leaving Zambia, ferried over to Botswana where we witnessed the smuggling of alcohol across the border as seen below. After we cleared immigration in Botswana, which was basically signing a guest book, we drove to the Airport in Kasane where […]

Day 35 – day 37 Livingstone, Zambia,

We had a perfectly civilized morning departure from Joburg to Zambia.  Our travel would have been seamless if it hadn’t been for the one hour and 30 minutes we spent in an immigration line at the airport in Zambia.  While we weren’t required to apply in advance as US citizens we still needed visas for […]

Where in the world is this? (Day 34)

Doesn’t Conde Nast do a feature like this?  It’s the N3 near Moii River in the East Cape of South Africa.  We knew that with 13 countries, 20 flights and various other forms of transportation that we couldn’t expect all our logistics to run without a hiccup.  After surviving benign delays due to volcanic ash […]

Day 29 –day 33, Johannesburg and the Drakensberg

We landed at the crack of dawn and were awaited by a very cheery Henry (not my Henry who is neither cheery or a licensed driver) who picked us up and delivered us to a  bed and breakfast that was located in a suburb nearby the airport (big fan of this, when staying for just […]

Day 28, Cairns, Ayer’s Rock and Perth

Today was a big travel day.  We traveled the length of Australia in order to board a plane for the much-awaited Africa part of the trip.  We left steamy Cairns early for a flight that was going to take us to the outpost of Ayer’s rock in the Northern Territories (this spot was more south […]

Day 23 to day 27, Cairns, Queensland

We left Sydney early morning to catch a three hour flight to Cairns (pronounced Cans) in Queenlsand . Queensland is the northeastern quadrant of Australia.  Brisbane, where there were the horrible floods last January and the Great Barrier Reef are the hotspots of this state.  Its tropical and its where the remaining rainforest that made […]

Day 17- 22 (with a day lost in there somewhere), Sydney

After another fab night spent at the aptly names Tahiti Airport Motel, we were cautiously optimistic about our chances of getting to Sydney as scheduled.  Air Tahiti Nui, our airline company from Papeete Tahiti to Auckland had been having labor issues for the last past week.  Some days it was the pilots striking, other days […]

Day 14-16, Relais de Josephine, Rangoria Atoll, French Polynesnia

We flew from Bora Bora where we had a 2 hour departure delay due to “Mechanical Problems”.  This was our first delay of the trip although the airport was perfectly nice place to kill sometime.  The plane, with the mechanical problems, not something I need to know, arrived and we were able t o take […]

Day 6 to day 13, Onboard the Catamaran Mariah

Our flight from Easter Island to Papeete, Tahati was smooth as was our arrival to another airport hotel.  While not charming, it was key to our early morning departure.  The following morning, we left the Island of Tahiti by plane to a smaller island that along with Tahiti and myriad of others makes up the […]

Day two – day five, Easter Island

We had an early flight to Easter Island.  Our airport accommodations made this extremely easy and we checked in found a Starbucks and awaited for our departure.  We had a 5+ hour flight on a very comfortable plane.  It had a pretty up to date  media console.  I began watching the complete season of The […]

The Trip, day one, Leaving Buenos Aires to Santiago

Saying goodbye.  It sucked.  We said good-bye to the house, to the people that lived there with us and to our life in Argentina that we had been living for 7 ½ years.  I had been anticipating this goodbye for almost a year. Sporadic airport closures for the last few weeks leading up to our […]