Day 365: The End

So much can happen in a year. A year ago to the day our family left our home of South Korea on a trip that would take us over 90 thousand kilometers and 6 continents over nearly 10 months. It seems like a decade ago that we stepped out the door on that day on…

Day 331: Our Trip By the Numbers

Distances Number of kilometers we traveled. Lisa has an app called 'Polar Steps' that tracked many of the logistics and made it easy to keep us up to date with our trip. Distance in Km from London to Buenos Aires This was our longest flight as we flew from Germany to London and then down…

Day 323: Our Favorite Experiences on a Year of World Travel

100: Sandboarding in Huacachina, Peru This was one of our first experiences in Peru. Being driven around the sand dunes at high speeds and then taking a snowboard down the sand for a painful face plant doesn't sound like most people's idea of 'fun', but for us, it was fantastic. https://www.instagram.com/p/B9rMyBjBqi2/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link 99: Mall Hopping in…

Day 296: Home Safely in Los Angeles

"Mr. Johnston, my name is Elizabeth and I'm calling from the United States embassy here in Peru to see if you'd like a free flight home to the states for you and your family." The voice said on the other line. "I'm sorry." I said in disbelief. "Who is this?" "I work for the embassy…

Day 282: Adjusting to the New Normal while #stuckinperu

Almost exactly 23 years ago I was making my way from Ecuador to Peru where my friend Pete and I would hike the breathtaking (literally and metaphorically), Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  With a sense of excitement, wonder and bit of trepidation we arrived to the bus station in Guayaquil for our pre-dawn departure to…

Day 275: Stuck in Lima Peru with the Coronavirus Blues

Yesterday, the coronovirus finally caught up with us in Peru. Since the virus started in Wuhan in China back in December, the pandemic seemed largely confined to east Asia. Our friends in China and South Korea reported local quarantine procedures, testing and self isolation. Schools that went on holiday back for the lunar new year…

Day 263: The Road to Rio De Janeiro

Rio might just be the most beautiful city in the world. Like many beachside cities, it sports its crown jewel beaches with namesakes like Copacabana and Ipanema but the allure is the geology which makes it special. Looking similar to the karst limestone formations of northern Vietnam or southern Thailand, Rio sits in a cradle…

Day 250: Iguazu Falls

As soon as we stepped out of the airport in Iguazu Falls, we were in the rainforest. Hot, humid and muggy. Despite the road being paved into town, it was dense jungle on either side with signs announcing 'Tapir Crossing' and 'Leopard Crossing'. We were in a whole different biome for our last few days…

Day 239: Uruguay Part 2- Montevideo to Colonia

For our family, getting asked the question of 'Where are you from?' isn't a very straightforward answer. Being a third culture kid, Ava has grown up contending with this question her whole life and her response depends greatly on the mood. Telling people she was from 'Vietnam' or 'South Korea' (where she's lived her whole…

Day 233: Uruguay Part 1- Villa Serrana to La Pedrera

"Let me get this straight." I asked Lisa. "We're getting dropped off on the side of the road at kilometer marker number 145 on route 8 and from there, we'll just...........walk to Villa Serrana?" "Well, hopefully, there will be a taxi. The owners of the next place we're staying at told us there should be…