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After an extended break in regards to writing we’re back at it again! Due to the encouragement of friends and truly for the love of sharing what we’re doing, who we’re meeting, and what we’re learning from this world of ours we decided to take another stab and share our story one more time.  While blogging fell by the wayside for various reasons, we do hope to fill in the details of where we left off all while keeping up with future endeavors, whatever and wherever they may be. We haven’t yet…

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So it perhaps wasn’t my best parenting decision. As a matter a fact, in terms of safety it’s perhaps a major fail. It’s not the decision I’m most proud of over the past year, truly it’s not something that could have even occurred in any country with a definitive legal system but in a developing country it was screaming to happen – and happen it did. It started off innocently enough. Bagan begs to be discovered by bike. Really. It’s known, talked about, there are shops everywhere –…

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Please UNESCO, protect this area now.  For those of you who haven’t heard of Bagan, it’s akin to Angkor Wat of Cambodia & Machu Picchu in Peru.  It lies smack dab in the middle of Myanmar and it’s two thousand plus temples, monasteries, stupas and pagodas are begging for exploration.  Really, really cool.  In terms of tourism, it’s hardly been discovered but the numbers are picking up as it quickly becomes more accessible and if it’s not carefully managed it won’t be long before it’s isolation and natural…

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Goodbye Amsterdam, hello Berlin! We’ve had an amazing stay in Amsterdam.  Collectively we feel it was the perfect place to get our feet wet on this round the world (RTW) trip.  It was foreign enough not to be home but not so foreign as to freak us all out as we just began.  We’ve become accustom to living on the road, finding a little time to fit in schooling and have adjusted to major time changes, sleeping in random beds and finding ways to deal with each other 24/7.  We…

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Our unconventional birthday celebration wasn’t quite over.  My now ten year olds had a glacier to hike!  While hiking a glacier was not high on the list of one birthday girl (who really wanted to ride Icelandic ponies on this celebratory day), birthday girl number two had bought into the excitement.  After all, who wouldn’t want to don a pair of crampons and yield a pick ax the day they hit double digits? The initial plan was hiking Skaftafell – Vatnajokull the second largest glacier in the world. …

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What do you do when you are staying with a family in a foreign country where only the two adults know how to speak English and the two kids (Kevin 7 and Benjamin 2) speak only Dutch?  You would probably ask yourself how do I communicate with them when all you know is yes, no, thank you and ice cream. We soon realized that just because we could not speak Dutch doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. Kevin and I played a game called Guess Who?  Instead of…

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We are in Amsterdam!  It’s amazing to see so much water and canals that run through the city.  In addition to the many tall, narrow houses, many people have house boats that they live in.  In this huge, busy city there’s one place that has trees, a lake and many fun activities.  It’s Amsterdamse bos – or Amsterdam Forest!  Yesterday we visited this place called Fun Forest in Amsterdamse bos. It was so much fun but tiring as well.  Zip lines and ropes and ladders and even tightropes…

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 Go to Reyjkavik Zoo and Family Park – it has fun rides and games.  My favorite part was jumping on the inflatable pillow. Go glacier hiking.  You use a pick ax and crampons so you don’t slip on the  ice. Take a walk between two tectonic plates (North American & Eurasian) at Thinglevirr national park.  The Rift Valley between the two tectonic plates sinks down about two centimeters a year. Take a tractor out to the cape at Inglsolour to see puffins!  In ten years they are going…

Bouncing on the moss fields near Thingvellir.

I loved every bit of Iceland! The different shades of green, the mountains, and the waterfalls are all spectacular.  I’m so excited that I’m going to Amsterdam but sad that I’m leaving Iceland. My favorite part was probably the glacier walk and the glacier boat ride though the lagoon. The people are very friendly and nice and help out when people need help. Their towns are very small and beautiful. Many people there speak Icelandic and English so it wasn’t very hard getting around by asking people where…

Let’s just say our day didn’t go so well.  I had been forewarned and in turn I informed the kids that today shots were to occur.  Everybody knew.  We had discussed it for weeks.  I had gone over everything.  No whining, no fussing, no throwing fits.  We are 8 and 10 not 3 and 5.  We discussed how shots hurt for the first second and then all is well.  We talked about the importance of them and that they are to keep us healthy.  We discussed that we…