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We quit our jobs and left for Mexico in July of 2011. We had no idea our travels would turn in to so much more! Originally, we decided to try travelling for six months and if it did not work out, we'd go home. We found that by staying in one place for a longer time, say one month, gave us the opportunity to not only experience the neighborhood, but to learn the histories of places we visit and the rhythm of life.
We lived in four cities in Mexico in seven months before driving into Central America. We lived in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica and visited Belize and Honduras. We would have kept going into South America if not for two things - the Darian Gap and our trusty, broken Saturn.
Once back in Mexico, we stayed an additional six months in three different cities. In total, we drove over 30,000 miles in Mexico and Central America.
The journey then continued to Southeast Asia! We visited Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos and Myanmar including the islands of Borneo and Bali. We stayed for six months and discovered a different style of travel. We each wore holes in our new pairs of shoes.
We returned home to California for a week before getting on the road again, this time to Baja California. The adventure continues...
since we left United States
October 25th 2013
We watched a huge, heavy sun rise above Isla Carmen from our balcony on the next to last day in Loreto, Mexico. The abnormal line of clouds in the distance turned evil, showing almost neon shades of orange and red. The Sea of Cortez turned from its overnight steel color to beautiful cobalt. It was rougher than normal and showed orange tinted wave caps as the day quickly brightened. By afternoon the clouds had filled the sky and ominously darkened as they stalled on the Sierra de la Giganta Mountains that separate Loreto from the main Baja Peninsula. The clouds began to swirl slightly and by noon a steady downpour had begun. By night the sky had opened and was dumping huge quantities of water. Our cement block roof began to leak again despite the relatively ... read more
September 7th 2013
Confucius is often quoted as saying, “It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop”. After traveling in 14 countries over the last 25 months, we had to admit we were a little worn out. The heat of Southeast Asia had finally gotten the better of us, and we knew it was time to take a break. We didn’t want to stop, but we needed to slow the pace and perhaps get back to our original intentions of slow motion travelling. After a 30 hour flight back to San Francisco from Bangkok and a couple of more hours on the shuttle to our hometown in California’s Wine Country, we checked into our favorite cheap hotel for a couple of weeks to figure out what we wanted to do next. It was fun ... read more
July 28th 2013
Rudyard Kipling wrote many years ago, “This is Burma, It is quite unlike any place you know about”. With the lack of accurate information available today, we wished that he had of been a little less vague. Myanmar is changing rapidly and nearly anything you read may no longer be accurate. Usually reliable Lonely Planet was last updated in 2011 and is hopelessly outdated. Prices seem to have doubled and many restaurants are no longer open. Making independent travel even more difficult is lack of access to the internet once you arrive in the country. Most all hotels have Wi-Fi access, but the speeds, which often reminded us of the dial-up days, are uniformly so slow that making reservations on airlines, future hotels or any transportation virtually useless. We spent four days in Bangkok planning our ... read more
July 8th 2013
You’re sitting in the Bar Ponnyang, 4 stories above the Mekong, gazing across the marshy sand bar that separates you from the river. Across the river is Thailand, greener and obviously more developed.The river here is wider and slower than the fast moving muddy channel you left a week ago in Luang Prabang. It’s only 2 and you’re a couple of beers ahead of where you should be. The map says the hotel is 2 blocks away so it shouldn’t be too hard to find your way.You’ve had a good day touring Vientiane and you don’t want to mess it up now by getting lost. You’re reflecting back on your busy week following the Mekong River south to Vientiane. It doesn’t seem possible it’s only been a week; you’ve made 3 moves and probably won’t be ... read more
June 29th 2013
Our week-long visit to Luang Prabang ended much as it began. Light rain falling throughout the day and occasional heavy rain showers that often forced us inside for long, leisurely lunches in one of the many delicious restaurants in town. I would like to blame the rain for our lack of adventurous spirit, but I think in reality we just wanted to relax and spend a non-touristy week in this attractive city. Throughout the week the skies remained overcast. The muted light made photography difficult but kept the heat manageable. The few times the sun came out and the breeze stopped the balmy air made sitting anywhere except under a fan uncomfortable and made us wish the clouds would return. The softer light added romance and intrigue to the many small alleyways that make up much ... read more
June 26th 2013
We have travelled on train, bus, tuk-tuk, songtaew, taxi and even elephant during our travels in Northern Thailand.The only mode of travel missing was a boat, and that’s what it was going to be. We left Chiang Rai early in the morning, headed to Luang Prabang, Laos. We thought about flying but we would have had to go back to at least Chiang Mai and probably Bangkok and backtracking didn’t fit our mood. We were up for an adventure and a Slow Boat down the Mekong River from the Thai border sounded like our ticket. The owner of our hostel in Chiang Rai volunteered to take us to the downtown bus station. It was only a short distance of 5 or 6 blocks, but we are still packing way too many things in our bags and ... read more
June 20th 2013
We finished up our 10 day visit to Chiang Mai in quite the good mood. Chiang Mai is an easy place to like. It’s pretty and easy on the budget. The food is good, plentiful and inexpensive. It’s easy to walk almost anywhere a tourist would want to go and there seemed to be something of interest going on every evening that was either free or inexpensive. The museums are excellent and the Wats are gorgeous. During our stay we had a few cloudy, overcast days but all they seemed to do was cool the day down and make Chiang Mai even more engaging. In general, I’m not a big fan of over-touristy towns. Travel to places that have lost their sense of self doesn’t interest me. Even though Chiang Mai has lots of visitors and ... read more
June 8th 2013
Throughout our travels we have had a pretty good general idea of where we would be travelling to for the next couple of months. When we lived in houses for a month or two at a time, we found we needed to make future housing arrangements at least a month or more before we arrived in a new area if we wanted to insure we got the best available accommodations. Now that we find ourselves moving more rapidly, it has become more difficult to keep ahead in our planning. We arrived in Yogyakarta, Indonesia struggling a little with what we wanted to do in our future plans. We only had one week left on our Indonesian visa so we knew we had to leave the country, but for the first time in our travels we had ... read more
May 29th 2013
We are coming to the end of our month long visit to Indonesia and quickly approaching our 2nd anniversary of being on the road. We travelled throughout Mexico and Central America by car for the first year and a half, living in central cities for a month or two and visiting outlying areas often. We felt we were able to learn about culture, customs, cuisine and the history of the cities and countries we visited. It was challenging with language barriers and driving conditions but we found that by applying ourselves we were able to understand not only what things were, but why they were. We often struggled to define what our goal was in our travels. We found that foreigners came in 3 basic categories: expat, travelers and tourists. It was hard to define ourselves ... read more
May 19th 2013
We are coming to the end of our 3 week visit to Bali, Indonesia. We live in the town of Sanur, popular with expats and well off retirees. Sanur is towards the southeastern end of the island, not far from the capital, Denpasar. Sanur has a nice beach which is protected by an offshore reef making it a good place to swim. Being on the windward side of the island, Sanur is a popular place to enjoy the Bali pastime of kite flying. Sanur has one main street that passes along the beach through town. The street is lined with small restaurants and spas and many shops catering to tourists. A few larger hotels line the road on the beach side, but nearly all have a low profile and lots of trees so the entire town ... read more