My Tenth Anniversary with Travelblog - Life in Asia (1949-1975)


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March 26th 2019
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As I approached the tenth anniversary of my Travelblog membership, I thought I should commemorate the occasion. After much thought I decided to write a Travelblog re-living my travels. As I've written 244 blogs, this being 245, with about 286,000 words (the equivalent of four novels) and 7000 pictures covering the years from 1949 to the present, I knew that summarizing my life of travel would be a daunting task. I figured that a picture was worth a thousand words, so I decided to write a pictorial blog summarizing these years. Little did I know how difficult it would be to cull down 7000 pictures to the 121 pictures in this blog.

By the time I arrived at our move to Germany in August 1977, I knew I had reached the limit of what my dear readers could follow. Hence, I decided to back up to 1975, when we moved back to the States from Thailand...the end of the Asia phase of my life. Selecting the best pictures of our next 18 years in Europe, and then the 23 years since returning to the States in 1995 would require at least two more picture blogs. So my apologies for the length of this blog! At least you don't have to read all 245 blogs...unless you want complete details!!

The following is a brief narrative of each trip during this period of my life to go along with the pictures and captions that tell the abbreviated story.

So I start the story of the first 28 years of travel with my first trip. At the age of one I sailed from Bangkok Thailand (where I was born) to Hong Kong and back. As the first picture will show, my Mom didn't hold me when I stood next to the railing. She wanted me to explore. However, her hand was there just in case I got too adventurous and took a dive into the South China Sea. Travel was deeply engrained in me at this early age by my parents. So I dedicate this blog to my parents who could have returned to the States directly, rather than visiting the many countries enroute. These adventures inspired my life of travel.

My first round the world trip started in 1952 was when I was two. We flew from Bangkok on a Lockheed C-69 Constellation, via Calcutta, India, Karachi Pakistan, Dhahran
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Walking with a man and his donkey in Damascus, Syria
Saudi Arabia, Damascus Syria, Athens Greece, Naples Italy, Frankfurt Germany, and Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Glasgow Scotland and Gander Canada before arriving in New York. With us were three orphaned missionary kids whose parents had just been murdered by bandits. The stewardesses felt sorry for my Mom having so many children so were very helpful. We spent six months of our furlough in Toronto, Canada (near my Mom's parents), and another six months in Nyack, New York (near my Dad's parents). We flew back to Bangkok Thailand on the Pan Am Flying Clipper, by way of Hawaii, Fiji, Sydney and Darwin Australia, and Singapore.

Back in Thailand in 1953 we lived upcountry in Sisaket and Khon Kaen. In 1956, when I was almost seven, I flew with the other missionary kids via Phnom Penh Cambodia and Saigon to Dalat, Vietnam where our boarding school was located. I spent eight months of both first and second grades there.

My second RTW in 1958 was our return to the States for a one year furlough. This time we sailed on the Italian cruise ship the "Asia" from Singapore to Columbo Ceylon, Bombay India, Karachi Pakistan, Aden Yemen, through the Suez Canal
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Touring the canals of Amsterdam
Egypt to Naples Italy. We picked up a VW Beetle there and drove to Pompeii, Rome, and Florence Italy, Lucerne, Switzerland. Frankfurt Germany, Brussels Belgium (where we went to the Worlds Fair...not knowing that I would live there from 1984 to 1995), Wassenar Holland, London and Southampton England, where we sailed the SS United States via Le Havre France to New York. We lived in Nyack again, but visited relatives in western PA and Toronto. We returned by driving our VW across the States and then sailing on a freighter to Manila and Mindanao Philippines, Djakarta and Surabaya Indonesia and up the Mekong River to Saigon where we returned to Dalat School.

The next five years we lived in Korat Thailand; but again spending eight months of every year at Dalat School from fourth through eighth grades. At Dalat we could no longer drive outside the city for fear of the Viet Cong. Sometimes artillery shells would fly over our school. (Note: During our next furlough, in April 1965 the U.S. Air Force evacuated the school to Bangkok). Back home in 1962 I witnessed the arrival of the first U.S. Army troops at the beginning of the Vietnam War
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My and my great uncle's dog at his farm in Western Pennsylvania, where my Dad spent his summers when growing up.
and the USAF F105 bombers stationed at Korat Air Base.

For my third RTW in 1964 we flew by jet with stops in Beirut Lebanon, Jerusalem (both east under Jordanian control west under Israeli control), Vienna Austria, Copenhagen Denmark, Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen Norway, to New York. Again we lived in Nyack with visits to relatives in western PA and Toronto. We flew back to Bangkok via Colorado Springs (not knowing that we would retire near there in 2005), Hawaii, and Hong Kong.

I spent my sophomore, junior, and senior years at Dalat School, first in Bangkok for a semester, and then in Tanah Rata Cameron Highland Malaysia. After graduation in 1968 I returned to the States for college, flying via Beirut Lebanon, Athens Greece, and then taking the Eurailpass from Rome to Venice Italy, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna Austria, Munich and Rothenberg Germany, Copenhagen Denmark, Stockholm Sweden, Narvik and Oslo Norway, Amsterdam Netherlands, Lucerne and Geneva Switzerland, and Nice and Paris France...all in 21 days on less than $300! I still have my Arthur Frommer's $5 a Day guide with my itinerary!

The next four years I attended Geneva College, north of Pittsburgh. There I met
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Mom in her Tibetan gown with Sue in the front yard of her parents home in Toronto
my wife to be, Linda.

After graduation in 1972 we were married and moved to Thailand, first in Bangkok and then Chiang Mai, where I was construction manager for the road up to and the radar station on Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand. During our time in Thailand we had an opportunity to visit Dalat and Tanah Rata where Linda saw where I went to school. We also visited nearby Laos and Burma. For a longer vacation we flew via Moscow to Paris and took the Eurailpass around Europe. On home leave we visited Hawaii and England and Scotland. At the end of the Vietnam war in 1975 we returned to the States. This was the end of the Asia phase of my life although we have returned on numerous occasions for visits.

My Europe phase began in 1977 when we moved to Ramstein Germany for three years, then four years in Stuttgart, and eleven years in Brussels Belgium, where our three children were born. Then my America phase covers 1995 to the present. But that is for my fifteenth year anniversary pictorial blog.

I want to thank Ali, the creator of Travelblog, for this
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The Pan Am Clipper we flew across the Pacific Ocean via Honolulu, Fiji, Sydney and Darwin Australia and Singapore to Bangkok
wonderful platform on which I can retain the memories of a lifetime of travel; firstly as a legacy for my family, and then for fellow travelers. Thanks for Following me.


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My first Round the World Trip

Staying at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore which was commemorating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
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Return to Thailand (1953-1958)

Taking the train to Sisaket, our home in northeastern Thailand with sister Sue, Mom and me
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Return to Thailand (1953-1958)

Our home is Sisaket.
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Return to Thailand (1953-1958)

My first dog, Punky.
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Return to Thailand (1953-1958)

My first day of class in a Thai school. It was also my last day as they gave every kid a vaccination.
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Return to Thailand (1953-1958)

My Dad preaching to an audience in a small village.
Starting school in Dalat, Vietnam (1956-1958)Starting school in Dalat, Vietnam (1956-1958)
Starting school in Dalat, Vietnam (1956-1958)

Dalat School, the missionary boarding school where I attended ten years (minus third and ninth grades while on furloughs in Nyack, New York).
Starting school in Dalat, Vietnam (1956-1958)Starting school in Dalat, Vietnam (1956-1958)
Starting school in Dalat, Vietnam (1956-1958)

Me in the front row, so the teacher could keep her eye on me. Grades 1-4 were in the same classroom...like a one room school house.
Starting school in Dalat, Vietnam (1956-1958)Starting school in Dalat, Vietnam (1956-1958)
Starting school in Dalat, Vietnam (1956-1958)

Driving from Dalat to Bangkok, via Angkor Wat...no tourist there in 1958.
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My Second RTW (1958-1959)

The Lloyd Trestino cruise ship Asia we took from Singapore, to Columbo, Bombay, Karachi, Aden, and through the Suez Canal, to Naples.
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My Second RTW (1958-1959) from Thailand to the US and return

Looking for lizards in Pompeii dressed in our Sunday best. No tourists then.
My Second RTW (1958-1959) from Thailand to the US and returnMy Second RTW (1958-1959) from Thailand to the US and return
My Second RTW (1958-1959) from Thailand to the US and return

Me, Mom,and sister Sue in the Roman Forum


26th March 2019

memories
Wonderful to read Bob. Funny I was looking at how long I had been a member of this friendly group of travellers and was shocked at how many photos I had put on and how many words I had cobbled together. I didn't imagine way back when I joined I would still be enjoying the site so much. What wonderful memories you have of travelling .
26th March 2019

What great memories
Hi Bob, what great travel memories you have. You were so fortunate to have parents who took you travelling during your childhood. Your mother must have been quite amazing!
26th March 2019
Geneva College and Linda!

Many days...many memories
The wonderment of it all Bob. How lucky you have the photos of from when you were a bub to now and parents who were happy to chronicle your early days so you could take over to preserve the family history. Your life has been full of a multitude of experiences because you were born with the penchant for travel and to discover this extraordinary world. And thanks to Travelblog you are able to chronicle it and share it. Happy 10th Anniversary. Great pic of your wedding day with Linda...stepping into the best adventure in your life with the smile of young lovers heading out.
26th March 2019

Wow!
Bob...you make the rest of us look like stay at homes no matter how much we travel! What a fascinating travel life you have lived. Thanks so much for sharing. Thanks also for mentoring my move to TravelBlog. You helped make it easier.
27th March 2019

What a journey!
Bob, I knew you had a colourful lifetime journey that created a strong bond with south east Asia, however, this is the first time I had a glimpse of your sojourn! Simply fascinating! A special salute to your parents who made this happen! This blog is a treasure! Thank you!
28th March 2019

What A Life....And Still Going
Hi, I was fascinated to read your summation of a life of wandering, exploring, and learning. I’m going to go on a nostalgia trip on your blogs and try and get through them all. It’s probably like reading a collection of books, but I may just find some gems to add to my list.You never had a chance Bob; you were born to travel. It’s great to get the notification and enjoy your trips so we can enjoy your writing. Stay keen and remarkable, all the best to you both, Steve
28th March 2019

Thanks everyone for your comments...
I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to travel, and to share on this site.
29th March 2019

Happy Anniversary!... and a nice dedication to your parents
A life well lived. A life well traveled... and so many wonderful stories told. Seeing you standing along the railing looking at the South China sea made my heart stop. Your parents introduced you to amazing places, people and experiences. I'm glad you and Linda continue on the path. Thank you for sharing and yes we are all glad Ali created this amazing place for us to write. MJ
2nd April 2019
Home leave through Hawaii and England (May 1975)

You won't be able to take a photo like that today
Security around 10 Downing St is somewhat tighter today. There is no way that you'll come that close to the door unless you have legitimate business there. Cool for you to have that photo. /Ake
14th April 2019
Home leave through Hawaii and England (May 1975)

Security at 10 Downing Street
Security, crowds, prices, etc. were so much more relaxed before the Age of Mass Tourism. I miss the good old days!
28th April 2019

Wow!
Just wow! What an amazing travelling life and journey you and your family have led, and what an amazing privilege it has been for me to be able to read this. Thank you so much for writing this, it has been a journey for me reading through and seeing your Asia and early round the world travel years. You are an inspiration.

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