Four days into our trip, and I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and write. The last three weeks have been an intense amount of work, anticipation and finally, relaxation. It is a lot for a little family to get through, and it wouldn’t have been possible if both Mark and I were still […]
Austin, Texas (the city) First, let me get this out of the way. We did not name our son directly after the city of Austin in Texas. His father picked the name, and yes, it happens to be a name that easily retrofits into both of our homelands. I come from Austin County, the birthplace […]
I went back to San Antonio with my sister-in-law, Carrie to see her cousin, Jamie Lin Wilson, host an intimate country music show at Sam’s Burger Joint with Jack Ingram, a Texas Music legend, who got his start playing the college circuit when I was a student at Texas A&M. If you’re not familiar with […]
San Antonio is a 300 year old city in Texas, and its historical significance in the Texas war for independence is known around the world. “Remember the Alamo!” The architecture, cuisine, people and festivals keep our Spanish Heritage alive. It is home of the Alamo, The Riverwalk, the annual Fiesta festival in April, and Fiesta […]
Why do mothers drink? Because of places like water parks. My best friend since forever and ever and I took four kids to Splashway Water Park in Sheridan, Texas. Everyone had raved about this park, and it was ideally located halfway between Austin, TX where she lives, and Bellville, where my parents live. Absolute winner […]
We left Texas only days before Hurricane Harvey strengthened and slammed into the Texas coast as a powerful and wet category 4 storm (on a scale of 1-5). The force of the storm destroyed the small coastal town of Rockport where my family has spent countless summer days and weeks (and fall, spring and […]
They say you can never go home again. Having lived abroad for the last 8 years, I’ve been slapped in the face over and over again by that nasty old adage. People and places can change, and they can stay the same. But its not home that’s causes all the problems, it’s you.
A big goal for this trip is to really experience the cultures and the places we visit; to learn the local customs from locals themselves. We want to get a feel for what the place is really about, and meet the people by staying in B&Bs and guesthouses along the way. We’ve found you learn more about what makes a place special this way – what people are proud of, the hidden gems they direct you to off the tourist circuit, and the journey this community has been on through history. You can’t get that from a guidebook or Wikipedia entry. It turns a tourist visit into a life experience.
That was the honest question from our 6 yr old, as the nurse and mummy discussed travel vaccinations at our local GP! The vaccination schedule can take up to 5 months to complete, so you have to start early on the most unpleasant part of planning for a long term trip. To be fair we had not […]
Our love of travel didn’t stop when we were joyfully surprised with the arrival of our son. We were expats living in London, and living far away from our families meant that our son’s first flights were long haul to Texas and to Australia. By his first birthday, he had visited his first four countries […]