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…

Day 223: Argentina- Tigre River Delta

"Daddy, I love it here. I wish we could stay here forever." Ava told us after having arrived in Tigre. After stepping off the Azamara Pursuit at 9:15 in the morning a few days ago, it was only a 20 minute walk to the train station for our next hop. We found a coffee shop…

Day 219: Antarctica- At World’s End

A trip to the local K-mart near my in-laws house in Tehachapi planted the seed for the ice kingdom 4 years ago. Walking around the aisles that day long ago, I came across a bargain discount book bin and found a Lonely Planet Antarctica edition for 2 dollars. I laughed out loud at the notion…

Day 203: Beautiful Buenos Aires

A two hour hop to Heathrow from Berlin and another fourteen hour flight heralded that a new leg of world travel was about to begin. South America has always proved elusive. Visiting the americas during summers and Christmas meant catching up with family and friends and not leaving much time to explore our sister continent…

Day 196: A Christmas Present From Berlin

Lisa has always wanted to experience the European Christmas markets for the holidays. So we went to Germany. Despite many cities having legendary Christmas markets such as Vienna and Budapest, (not to mention cities across Italy, France and Spain) we settled on Berlin to greet December the 25th, and meet our friend Lori for a…

Day 185: Jerusalem- The Holy Land

"This is where Jesus Christ was buried and some say resurrected after." I told Ava. "THE Jesus?" She asked. "The one and only. All the churches we've seen in Europe have been a testament to his teachings. The Roman empire installed a governor named Pontius Pilates to enforce their rule and beliefs onto the population,…