I Wonder as I Wander
In Awe, Under the Sky
What criteria are paramount for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation? Beautiful beaches, beautiful snorkeling, world-class food, and some adventurous excursions too? We were searching for all of this, and thought, how about Fiji?
This would be our first trip with a newborn, 8 months old, to be precise, and we were taking every precaution. If it were to go well, it might offer a glimmer of hope that we can still be adventurous, even with a fragile new life to love and care for. So we booked a direct flight to Europe, to an English speaking country, for a week in the most tranquil, relaxing places we could find: the Cotswolds.
This mythical land offers idyllic, laid-back villages, a rich history, and some of the best sunsets in the world. After exploring some of our own ancient history, it’s a short journey out on the water to experience some of the most beautiful islands scattered across the Aegean Sea. Our goal: finding our favorite Greek isle.
Unleash your inner Indian Jones, or Tomb Raider, and explore the temples of Angkor.
Take an Inca Trail less traveled for a 7 day trek over mountains, across rivers, and through jungles to discover the secrets of the Peruvian people. Our trek was not only an adventure in itself, but it gave us a glimpse into the history, culture, and life of the Incas in the Andes mountains. And it gave us memories that will last a lifetime.
When we dream of 'getting away from it all', our mind typically envisions a white-powder-sand beach, warm turquoise water, and a piña colada. A lone palm tree provides shade on our own little deserted island as we gaze out to our sail boat, reminding us that, where we are, no one else is, and that's just the way it should be.
I don't remember taking a breath the entire ride to the Hopital Adventiste d'Haiti in Carrefour. If it wasn't for the jolts of car-sized potholes, and frequent car horns pushing pedestrians aside, I don't think my body would have initiated the involuntary activity we often take for granted. We take it for granted until we've seen, felt, and breathed Haiti...
Follow us as we visit a city lost to time, a land of a thousand temples, and a mysterious water world.
We experience the healing of a nation, and sail on a classic junk through the waters of Ha Long Bay.
The bells of the Catholic church mix with the Islamic call to prayer while standing at the Western Wailing Wall surrounded by Jews. Israel has been a place of pilgrimage for Christians, Muslims, and Jews for thousands of years, and its religious sites are only the beginning of a journey that will change you forever.
Spain leaves you with images of the good life, and savoring the little moments. Images of world class art and innovation. Feelings of immense power and influence. We journeyed from the storied center of Madrid to the historic yet youthful Salamanca, then south to energetic Seville and Granada before ending our trip in the cultural wonder that is Barcelona.
Malta, an often overlooked and forgotten gem in the Mediterranean, is teaming with a rich history, beautiful beaches, great food and kind people. If you’ve never thought of visiting before, we’d recommend you start now. Read about our adventure thru Malta here on our travel Journal as we see everything from relaxed Gozo to the busting capital city of Valletta.