Category Musings

Traveling Like a VIP

“Bandar Sri Indah?” We poked our head into the doorway of a midsized bus, careful to avoid inhaling the sooty black emissions drifting toward us from the rear. We’d just flagged the bus… actually, we’d just flagged 5 buses… to ask whether it was going our way. And like the others before him, this driver […]

An Open Letter to President Obama

Dear President Obama: On September 25, 2014 the day after you addressed the United Nations General Assembly, I read a transcript and this caught my eye: “If we lift our eyes beyond our borders – if we think globally and act co-operatively – we can shape the course of this century as our predecessors shaped […]

How to Buy Saline in Seoul And Other Reflections After Two Years on the Road

I write this on the 2nd anniversary of our departure from Oregon. This post is for our friends Linda W and Randy S, who encouraged us to write about the differences in life beyond the experiences we would have called “normal” two years ago; this anniversary is a good time, then, to think back on […]

Why We’re Jazzed About Inner-City Johannesburg

In our travels, KC and I often avoid big cities. After skirting around Johannesburg, southern Africa’s biggest city, for more than a year, we decided to check it out before we left Africa. Most tourists flock to the high-end malls of Sandton, a suburb on the city’s north side, but for several years we’ve been […]

One Year Anniversary on the Road: A Spellbinding Moment

One year ago today, KC and I arrived in Venice, the first stop of our travels. Feeling nostalgic, I clicked back through our blog and noticed that our recent entries reflect not so much the wonder and chaos we shared early on, but the more mundane things we’ve grown accustomed to, such as slow internet […]