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14th May 2018
Will having his Ferrari time

It is always good to set goals
What color will he pick?
14th May 2018
Will having his Ferrari time

Red...that what Ferraris were meant to be!
However, as a step towards that goal he's looking at a Mustang GT convertible. Perhaps white again. In the meantime, he needs to pay off student loan debt which is equal to the cost of a Ferrari.
6th May 2018

I lived in Saigon during those same years at the same age
My father was Air Attache in Saigon during 1956-1958 when I was nine -eleven. Our paths probably crossed. We used to visit Dalat and stay at an Inn or lodge there. I don't remember the name but there was a staircase with bannister we used to slide and a juke box with American hits of the 40's. I have such fond memories and enjoyed reading your blog. I'm writing a memoir for my grandchildren.
7th May 2018

Great to hear from you!
We didn' t go to school together, but we shared a similar life! It wasn't until the early 1960's that U.S. military kids started going to Dalat School. That's when we got to watch Disney movies making the AAFES circuit.
29th April 2018

You "globetrotters" are truly amazing!
Bob and Linda, I stumbled upon your "Home and Away" blog after noticing you had recently marked our blog as a follower. However, after reading a good portion of your magnum opus, we feel like homebodies! Your travels--indeed, the mini-biographies of you and your parents--are as fascinating as they are inspirational. Your travels in Europe over the years are particularly interesting. I am a year or so older than you, but spent time in Frankfurt, Germany, during the late 60s in the military; and then returned for a year as a civilian in 1974. Your travelogues of the time you and Linda spent living and traveling in that region bring back many fond memories. Each year since I retired in 2014, my wife and have traveled to various places in Europe (Paris being our favorite destination), and last year we finally visited some cities in Asia during a trip around the globe. Unfortunately, the blogs for years 2014-2017 (except for Paris) were lost when the blog platform I'd been using ceased operations. Still, neither we nor many other mortals can match the inventory of places, peoples, cultures and experiences you and your wife have compiled over the years. Thanks for sharing! Yours truly, Mitchell and Dee Bitting Daytona Beach, Florida
30th April 2018

Thanks for your kind remarks!
I started blogging as a place where I could store my pictures and memories, and hopefully be a legacy for my children. It's folks like you who have responded that has given life to the blogs. I'm so pleased you found them interesting! I'm sorry you lost many of your when your previous site shut down. I don't know if I would ever get around to rewriting my blogs. I'm not sure I would remember as much seven years later!
4th February 2018

Very Exciting!
Very exciting reading about your pilgrimage plans for later on in the year. I look forward to reading more about it. In the meantime, wishing you all the best with your preparations. I also like your comment about adventure beginning when things don't go according to Plan A! :)
22nd January 2018

Future planning
I'm glad you've got a new walk planned. I enjoy reading about all of these but really enjoyed the walk in Norway. Eager to to join you.
21st January 2018

Looking forward to read about your pilgrimage
I am looking forward to your future pilgrimage. Also Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument sounds like an interesting place. If you are spending much time there maybe you could write an interesting blog entry from there. I know I would enjoy that. /Ake
21st January 2018

Good idea...
I'll post a blog, probably in May.
19th January 2018

Good On You!
Holy smokes Bob you are a true inspiration! I have followed your 'pilgrimages' and am always left feeling enthused and invigorated (all while I sit in my chair!) Your blogs are always so informative and insightful and I can't wait to read along while you do all the heavy lifting! Cheers on your new journey...What would life be without the dream of a new journey?!
18th January 2018

the walk
Hi Bob - sounds wonderful as always . Orvieto is lovely and the cathedral a real delight . Looking forward to hearing progress
18th January 2018

I remember your walk in Norway...I read it with a great interest. I will look forward to reading this one as well. I like the fact, your everything is so planned, same as I do for any travel. Wonderful! Looking forward to reading it...Good Luck!
18th January 2018

great plan!
Bob - sounds like you have a great plan for the next part of the pilgrimage. We went to Orvieto for a couple of days and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately we won't be in that area of Italy when you are there -by that time we will probably be in Sicily as we are pretty sure that is where we will over-winter Tsamaya. Good luck with your training this summer in preparation for your travels.
12th January 2018

I see you have been to Vanuatu too! And here I was thinking I was the only one. :)
From Blog: A Day in Vanuatu
4th January 2018

Hi again Bob, I was surprised to see that people in Gujarat generally don't speak that much english. Maybe improving this skill would be a ood step forward to ensure they can access higher education if needed and stay informed thorugh internet, newspaper, books, etc. Of course not all info is good on the intenet... But having access to knowledge by being able to cummunicate in nglish will offer better employment opportunities as well. General education about health, healthy habits, nutrition, etc will alwyas go a long way as well to improve people's condition and situation. My 2 cents anyway... How to achieve this? Well, that I don't really know but certainly efforts liek sending vlunteers to work with children like what we try to do is a good initiative. Small scale maybe but if everybody does a little something in the end great changes are achievable!
3rd March 2018

You have visited many villages...
what have you observed about their method of cooking? In Thailand where I grew up in the 1950s and 60s they used clay cooking pots with charcoal. What do the Indians use...wood, charcoal, dung, or something else? Do you know what each would cost...like a sack of charcoal? I'm working a project to raise their standard of living and reduce the carbon footprint at the same time so your input would be very valuable. Thanks.
31st December 2017

Hi Bob, You sent me a message via my blog about Gujarat. UNfortunately for the moment I can't reply to your message directly because of my old phone and slow internet. I hope you will get this. I can't say about the mesquite trees, I lie in a small village and have very few opporuntities to travel around so can't really help. ABout your question regarding poverty, I think education is one of the keys.
1st January 2018

Doesn't India provide some education through high school?
11th December 2017

Comment from Kay Houck Cummings:
A short time before the missionaries were to board the ship, The Steel Adder, heading to Vietnam and China, my Dad was helping load up the steel barrels that missionaries used to ship their household goods overseas back in the 40's. A barrel lipped and struck my Dad;s foot. The injury was so painful he couldn't even bare the weight of a sheet on it, so slept with his foot in a cardboard box, then covered with a sheet. The doctor gave him crutches to walk and said there was NO way he'd be sailing on the Steel Adder in a few days. My Dad believed that they were to go to Vietnam on that ship. In reading his Bible in the book of Psalms he read..."and thou shalt TREAD on the lion and the adder." He thought to himself tread doesn't mean limp on board with crutches, so he stepped out of bed and firmly put his injured foot down on the floor and was instantly healed. When they went to the doctor he commented that he was not a religious man, but there was no other explanation but that it was a MIRACLE!!! As you can see from the photo my parents and sister sailed to Vietnam on the Steel Adder in 1947! True story!
From Blog: The Beginning
23rd October 2017

Love the pilgrimages
I'm thinking about doing one of my own (or more) in Japan, I'm still deciding on which one though, they have several interesting ones. :)
24th October 2017

Japanese pilgrimages
Go for it! I've become acquainted with the pilgrimages in Japan as a consequence of my other pilgrimages. Many Japanese also walk the Camino de Santiago because of that connection.
20th October 2017
The inner German border as it ends in the Baltic Sea

I've been searching for this picture
I've been searching for this picture. Not this exact one, but one of the border where it meets the Baltic Sea. My mom was an American student studying German, and she went abroad to Germany for a few months (in 1984 or 85 I believe, probably around the same time as this picture). The most interesting story she told me was about when she spent a few weeks in a town along the Inner German border and the Baltic Sea. There was only a small fence that divided between East and West Germany. The locals had told her to be careful, because when the tide came in, the fence on the beach wasn't visible, and it would be very easy for her to cross accidentally. They said there had been instances of tourists walking along the beach, accidentally entering East Germany, and getting stuck there. I've always been intrigued by this story, and I've always wondered what the border looked like at the sea. Unfortunately, she did not have any pictures. As a 20 year-old American tourist, she was probably too nervous to take a picture of it. I wonder if this was the same place she was talking about.
20th October 2017
The inner German border as it ends in the Baltic Sea

You've found the picture...
this is the Inner German Border as it meets the Baltic. I hope you read my blog with accounts of other weird things at this border point. Thanks for commenting!

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