Monthly Archives: October 2013

150 Days and Counting

V&A Waterfront in Cape Town

V&A Waterfront in Cape Town (16912 km from Vancouver)

We’re in Africa! Just outside beautiful Cape Town, South Africa to be exact. Cate is working on a post about our time here to date, so watch for that soon. In the meantime, some observations about being a nomadic family…

In another 24 hours, we’ll start our sixth month on the road. Closing in on half a year. That’s a lot of time and distance from our regular lives. Enough time in this suspended reality to be lulled into feeling this is our regular life. We’ve grown accustomed to being together 24-7 in close quarters. Accustomed to constant change. To lots of time spent in transit from one place to another. Our own version of trains, planes and automobiles.

And yet, though our location keeps changing, we’ve settled into our own routines and patterns. Our own ways, individually and collectively, to find our equilibrium. Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes, the equilibrium is decidedly off. Some of the patterns are less-than-charming (Sibling bickering, anyone?) But all-in-all I’ve been surprised by how smoothly we have settled into a nomadic existence. Continue reading

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We drove down the narrow road to Bimbi Park — advertised as an opportunity to “Camp under the Koalas.” Spotting our first Koala high up in a eucalyptus tree, we excitedly jumped out of the car, snapping pictures and taking video in a frenzy. Continuing on our journey, we saw a second koala, then a third, then a fourth… then a twentieth. It was a veritable Koala-Palooza! Continue reading

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Cen here. For the last four days we’ve been at a farm stay on the Great Ocean Road, and it’s been the best four days of my life so far.


Why? Because there are … Continue reading

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A Unique Place (and thoughts from Cate)

 Tesellated Pavement - a natural formation found near Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula

Tesellated Pavement: a natural rock formation found near Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula

When we started this crazy journey, we didn’t plan to travel to the somewhat remote island of Tasmania. But we are so very glad we had the opportunity, thanks to our new Tasmanian friends who we met in Penang. They generously let us crash at their “Shabin” (Aussie “Shack” + Canadian “Cabin” = Shabin).

One of the great things about extended travel is that you can make it up as you go along, changing course when opportunity arises. (Mind you, this isn’t entirely true when your journey includes three young kids, but there is definitely more flexibility when you purchase one-way tickets, one trip leg at a time).

And this last leg has been as wonderful as it’s been unexpected. While we are fortunate to live in an amazingly beautiful place (west coast of Canada), the island of Tasmania has awed and amazed us. Continue reading

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The Mushroom Toilet and Other Bathroom Tales

IMG_7564Why yes, I am once again writing about toilets on this here blog. In my defence, when you spend as much time as we have in foreign bathrooms (“new day, new loo” could be our catchphrase), they become a focal point. Sad, yet true.

I am pleased to report that Australia’s toilets get high marks from us. In fact, 4 out of 5 Fab5’ers recommend them (more on the one dissident later). No need to dwell on the fact that our rating benchmark is based on our most recent experiences in South East Asia, where BYOTP was a must (“Bring your own toilet paper” for those not in the know.) Continue reading

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Terrific Tassie!

Yes, yes, I know, you guys still have no idea what we’ve done so far in Tasmania, even though our days have been jam-packed!

Tasman Cruise

Here we are at the end of our three hour Tasman Island Cruise, that took us along the coastline of the Tasman National Park from Port Arthur to Eaglehawk Neck

We’ve been staying in Dodges Ferry, a place of beautiful rolling hills, meandering sheep and far-away misty mountains.No wonder people come to Tasmania for scenery and outdoorsy activities. Continue reading

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