A family of four's adventures around the world

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The Grand Map

The Grand Map

713 days, 30 countries, 184 places, one family of four’s round the world journeys for two years.

We started as quarrelsome four and came back as wholesome one. We left with our egos and returned with the world in our hearts. Less is more. All is One. We are happier, healthier and better.

Electric Blue – A Novel of Almuñecar, Spain

Electric Blue – A Novel of Almuñecar, Spain

Note: 10-year-old Anita wrote this 15000-word novel for her Grade 5 Creative Writing project, inspired by her encounters and fantasies in charming white-washed Spanish seaside town Almuñecar, Spain. Leave a comment, share and cheer for her! :~) Enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~       “Bye, Dad!” I called through the […]

Nong Khai and Yoga

Nong Khai and Yoga

Nong Khai No words could do justice to Nong Khai, Thailand. No pictures could do the job right either. It’s a place for the inner soul to appreciate. It does not appeal by outer beauty, although it does sit beside the Mekong river and has […]

Kyoto’s Automatic Rice Shop

Kyoto’s Automatic Rice Shop

    Everyone knows that Japanese pursue convenience very seriously. This rice shop is the highlight of that pursuit. Clean, machine operated shop with all kinds of variety (from brown to white rice 11 different level, from 100% to 50% no pesticide options..) is on […]

Update

Update

As I write this we are now staying in a three-story house with white walls and a beautiful terrace overlooking both mountains and ocean. Winter in Andalusia is mild. When the sun comes out, it is warm and glorious. When the rain falls, it is […]

Happy Birthday Anita – Playing Canon in D on the Greek Island of Paros

Happy Birthday Anita – Playing Canon in D on the Greek Island of Paros

Probably all parents have this moment – you wake up one morning and all of a sudden your little girl has grown. Today this moment dawned on us. Ten years old is a great age, for both the parents and the kid. You are not […]

Night Train to Krakow, Poland

Night Train to Krakow, Poland

August 20th, 2016 We are not train aficionados. We take trains from time to time simply to move towards, or away from a place. We are more interested in the cleanness of the toilets in a passenger car than the type of the car, not […]

Night Train to Lviv

Night Train to Lviv

August 9th, 2016 We certainly didn’t expect a country so close to Arctic Circle yet so friendly. (Are Russians friendly too?) Ukrainians were so friendly to us. First day in Kyiv with big backpacks in front of an apartment trying to figure out how the […]

Kyiv’s Church

Kyiv’s Church

August 8th, 2016 When it was time to leave Kyiv we really didn’t know why we were leaving. I mean this was a city that was so European yet so rock-bottom priced. The church, for example, was grand. One of the biggest churches, Kyiv Pechersk […]

$37,965.30 – One Year on the Road ~ Expense

$37,965.30 – One Year on the Road ~ Expense

After “countless hours” wrestling with the spreadsheets on our four-year-old Macbook Air we travel with, I finally updated the numbers and posted under “expense” tab. You can quickly take a look here. We left Vancouver on August 3rd, 2015, and the $37,965.30 number totaled till end […]

Another Continent

Another Continent

For those who have not seen our Facebook or Instagram updates: we have arrived in Europe for about 20 days. On August 3rd, 2016, exactly one year after we set off from Vancouver, we took an Air Astana flight from Beijing, via Almaty in Kazakstan […]

The Mongolian Horse Ride

The Mongolian Horse Ride

July 26, 2016 Written by Anita We were standing in the horse dung littered front yard of the guesthouse, where there were about a dozen of messy-tuft haired horses, tied to poles and swishing their bushy and tangled tails. We were debating whether we should […]

Inner Mongolia, China

Inner Mongolia, China

To the people with steppe and Chinggis Khan fervor: don’t even think about Inner Mongolia. The Mongolia you are looking for lies outside of China. Big, wide landscape with miles and miles of nothing except white felt gers dotting the land, and herds of cows, […]


The Grand Map

The Grand Map

The Grand Map

713 days, 30 countries, 184 places, one family of four‘s round the world journeys for two years.

We started as quarrelsome four and came back as wholesome one. We left with our egos and returned with the world in our hearts. Less is more. All is One. We are happier, healthier and better.

We’ve stayed with locals in extreme poverty; we’ve also enjoyed many royal feasts. We’ve met extraordinary people; we’ve also been threatened. We’ve faced difficulties and uncertainties; we’ve also embraced changes and possibilities every day.

Here’s the big map of our two years round the world trip. We bummed through the United States and Mexico for the first 4 months in our minivan before flying to Hong Kong. We journeyed overland in South East Asia and Asia for 8 months and flew to Ukraine after Mongolia. With a big East and West European circuit and a bit of Africa for 5 months, we went back to Asia for another 6 months. Lifetime dreams for many.

Click a location on the interactive map below to view blog posts and pictures. We add posts to the blog roll as we go through memories. Subscribe to receive fresh posts in your email and follow us on Facebook. Post us a comment if you want to hear about a specific location or have any question before we get to it.

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    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Port Angeles, United StatesAugust 3, 2015August 5, 2015
    2Forks, United StatesAugust 5, 2015August 7, 2015
    3Washington, United StatesAugust 8, 2015August 12, 2015
    4Vancouver, CanadaAugust 3, 2015August 3, 2015
    5Lewiston, United StatesAugust 11, 2015August 12, 2015
    6Idaho County, United StatesAugust 12, 2015August 13, 2015
    7Browning, United StatesAugust 17, 2015August 18, 2015
    8Whitefish, United StatesAugust 13, 2015August 14, 2015
    9West Glacier, United StatesAugust 14, 2015August 17, 2015
    10Three Forks, United StatesAugust 18, 2015August 19, 2015
    11Yellowstone National Park, United StatesAugust 19, 2015August 25, 2015
    12Thermopolis, United StatesAugust 25, 2015August 26, 2015
    13Rock Springs, United StatesAugust 26, 2015January 28, 2016
    14Jensen, United StatesAugust 28, 2015August 31, 2015
    15Provo, United StatesAugust 31, 2015September 3, 2015
    16Torrey, United StatesSeptember 3, 2015September 7, 2015
    17Grand Junction, United StatesSeptember 7, 2015September 9, 2015
    18Montrose, United StatesSeptember 9, 2015September 10, 2015
    19Ouray, United StatesSeptember 10, 2015September 11, 2015
    20Mesa Verde National Park, United StatesSeptember 11, 2015September 14, 2015
    21Alamosa, United StatesSeptember 14, 2015September 16, 2015
    22Taos, United StatesSeptember 16, 2015September 18, 2015
    23Santa Fe, United StatesSeptember 18, 2015September 23, 2015
    24Albuquerque, United StatesSeptember 23, 2015September 25, 2015
    25Alamogordo, United StatesSeptember 25, 2015September 27, 2015
    26Willcox, United StatesSeptember 27, 2015September 28, 2015
    27Tucson, United StatesSeptember 28, 2015October 1, 2015
    28Phoenix, United StatesOctober 1, 2015October 4, 2015
    29Cottonwood, United StatesOctober 4, 2015October 5, 2015
    30Flagstaff, United StatesOctober 5, 2015October 6, 2015
    31Grand Canyon Village, United StatesOctober 6, 2015October 8, 2015
    32Blythe, United StatesOctober 8, 2015October 9, 2015
    33San Felipe, MexicoOctober 9, 2015October 15, 2015
    34San Miguel, MexicoOctober 15, 2015October 16, 2015
    35Concepción, MexicoOctober 16, 2015October 17, 2015
    36Loreto, MexicoOctober 17, 2015October 19, 2015
    37La Paz, MexicoOctober 19, 2015October 24, 2015
    38Cabo San Lucas, MexicoOctober 24, 2015October 25, 2015
    39Los Barriles, MexicoOctober 25, 2015October 28, 2015
    40La Paz, MexicoOctober 28, 2015October 29, 2015
    41Guerrero Negro, MexicoOctober 29, 2015October 30, 2015
    42San Quintín, MexicoOctober 30, 2015October 31, 2015
    43Ensenada, MexicoOctober 31, 2015November 1, 2015
    44Los Angeles, United StatesNovember 1, 2015November 3, 2015
    45Ventura, United StatesNovember 3, 2015November 4, 2015
    46Morro Bay, United StatesNovember 4, 2015November 5, 2015
    47Big Sur, United StatesNovember 5, 2015November 6, 2015
    48San Francisco, United StatesNovember 6, 2015November 8, 2015
    49Ashland, United StatesNovember 8, 2015November 9, 2015
    50Vancouver, United StatesNovember 9, 2015November 10, 2015
    51Vancouver, CanadaNovember 10, 2015November 22, 2015
    52Shenzhen, ChinaNovember 23, 2015November 30, 2015
    53Hong Kong Island, Hong KongNovember 30, 2015December 2, 2015
    54Kowloon, Hong KongDecember 2, 2015December 5, 2015
    55Bangkok, ThailandDecember 5, 2015December 15, 2015
    56Surat Thani, ThailandDecember 15, 2015December 16, 2015
    57Krabi, ThailandDecember 16, 2015December 18, 2015
    58Ko Lanta, ThailandDecember 18, 2015December 27, 2015
    59Bangkok, ThailandDecember 27, 2015December 28, 2015
    60Chiang Mai, ThailandDecember 29, 2015January 2, 2016
    61Chiang Khong, ThailandJanuary 2, 2016January 3, 2016
    62Pak Beng, LaosJanuary 3, 2016January 4, 2016
    63Luang Prabang, LaosJanuary 4, 2016January 9, 2016
    64Nong Khiaw, LaosJanuary 10, 2016January 14, 2016
    65Muang Ngoy, LaosJanuary 14, 2016January 17, 2016
    66Luang Prabang, LaosJanuary 17, 2016January 18, 2016
    67Vang Vieng, LaosJanuary 19, 2016January 25, 2016
    68Vientiane, LaosJanuary 25, 2016January 27, 2016
    69Nong Khai, ThailandJanuary 27, 2016February 8, 2016
    70Surin, ThailandFebruary 8, 2016February 9, 2016
    71Krong Siem Reap, CambodiaFebruary 9, 2016February 12, 2016
    72Krong Preah Sihanouk, CambodiaFebruary 12, 2016February 13, 2016
    73Koh Rong, CambodiaFebruary 13, 2016February 18, 2016
    74Phnom Penh, CambodiaFebruary 19, 2016February 22, 2016
    75Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamFebruary 22, 2016March 6, 2016
    76tp. Hội An, VietnamMarch 6, 2016March 9, 2016
    77tp. Huế, VietnamMarch 9, 2016March 12, 2016
    78Hanoi, VietnamMarch 12, 2016March 18, 2016
    79Lao Cai, VietnamMarch 19, 2016March 19, 2016
    80Honghe, ChinaMarch 19, 2016March 28, 2016
    81Lijiang, ChinaMarch 29, 2016April 1, 2016
    82Yunnan Sheng, ChinaApril 1, 2016April 3, 2016
    83Deqen, ChinaApril 3, 2016April 5, 2016
    84Dali, ChinaApril 5, 2016April 8, 2016
    85Kunming, ChinaApril 8, 2016April 9, 2016
    86TaiwanApril 9, 2016May 9, 2016
    87Fukuoka, JapanMay 10, 2016May 12, 2016
    88Beppu, JapanMay 13, 2016May 13, 2016
    89Hiroshima, JapanMay 14, 2016May 14, 2016
    90Hatsukaichi, JapanMay 15, 2016May 15, 2016
    91Kyoto, JapanMay 16, 2016May 20, 2016
    92Nara, JapanMay 21, 2016May 21, 2016
    93Osaka, JapanMay 22, 2016May 22, 2016
    94Toyama, JapanMay 23, 2016May 25, 2016
    95Shinjuku, JapanMay 25, 2016May 27, 2016
    96Sapporo, JapanMay 28, 2016June 2, 2016
    97Otaru, JapanMay 30, 2016May 30, 2016
    98Noboribetsu, JapanJune 1, 2016June 1, 2016
    99Tokyo, JapanJune 3, 2016June 9, 2016
    100Seoul, South KoreaJune 9, 2016June 16, 2016
    101Sokcho-si, South KoreaJune 17, 2016June 19, 2016
    102Seoul, South KoreaJune 20, 2016June 21, 2016
    103Beijing, ChinaJune 21, 2016June 28, 2016
    104Beijing, ChinaJune 24, 2016June 24, 2016
    105Beijing, ChinaJune 24, 2016June 28, 2016
    106Xi'an, ChinaJune 28, 2016July 4, 2016
    107Weinan Shi, ChinaJuly 1, 2016July 1, 2016
    108Tianshui, ChinaJuly 5, 2016July 6, 2016
    109Xi'an, ChinaJuly 6, 2016July 11, 2016
    110Hohhot, ChinaJuly 12, 2016July 14, 2016
    111Xilin Gol, ChinaJuly 15, 2016July 15, 2016
    112Zamiin-Uud, MongoliaJuly 16, 2016July 16, 2016
    113Ulaanbaatar, MongoliaJuly 17, 2016July 19, 2016
    114Zuunkharaa, MongoliaJuly 20, 2016July 21, 2016
    115Ulaanbaatar, MongoliaJuly 21, 2016July 24, 2016
    116Murun, MongoliaJuly 24, 2016July 24, 2016
    117Khuvsgul, MongoliaJuly 25, 2016July 28, 2016
    118Erdenet, MongoliaJuly 28, 2016July 29, 2016
    119Ulaanbaatar, MongoliaJuly 30, 2016July 31, 2016
    120Xilin Gol, ChinaAugust 1, 2016August 1, 2016
    121Beijing, ChinaAugust 2, 2016August 3, 2016
    122Kiev, UkraineAugust 3, 2016August 8, 2016
    123Lviv, UkraineAugust 8, 2016August 19, 2016
    124Kraków, PolandAugust 20, 2016August 24, 2016
    125Vysoké Tatry, SlovakiaAugust 24, 2016August 27, 2016
    126Budapest, HungaryAugust 27, 2016August 31, 2016
    127Sibiu, RomaniaAugust 31, 2016September 5, 2016
    128Brașov, RomaniaSeptember 5, 2016September 8, 2016
    129Sofia, BulgariaSeptember 8, 2016September 11, 2016
    130Thessaloniki, GreeceSeptember 12, 2016September 15, 2016
    131Athens, GreeceSeptember 15, 2016September 19, 2016
    132Milos, GreeceSeptember 19, 2016September 23, 2016
    133Kimolos, GreeceSeptember 23, 2016September 23, 2016
    134Folegandros, GreeceSeptember 24, 2016September 27, 2016
    135Thira, GreeceSeptember 27, 2016September 30, 2016
    136Paros, GreeceSeptember 30, 2016October 6, 2016
    137Athens, GreeceOctober 6, 2016October 8, 2016
    138Patras, GreeceOctober 7, 2016October 8, 2016
    139Bari, ItalyOctober 8, 2016October 9, 2016
    140Lecce, ItalyOctober 9, 2016October 12, 2016
    141Matera, ItalyOctober 12, 2016October 14, 2016
    142Salerno, ItalyOctober 14, 2016October 20, 2016
    143Rome, ItalyOctober 20, 2016October 26, 2016
    144Greve in Chianti, ItalyOctober 26, 2016November 2, 2016
    145Venice, ItalyNovember 2, 2016November 7, 2016
    146Paris, FranceNovember 8, 2016November 14, 2016
    147London, United KingdomNovember 15, 2016November 17, 2016
    148Tonbridge, United KingdomNovember 18, 2016November 21, 2016
    149Cambridge, United KingdomNovember 21, 2016November 22, 2016
    150Agadir, MoroccoNovember 22, 2016November 26, 2016
    151Marrakesh, MoroccoNovember 26, 2016December 1, 2016
    152Ouarzazate, MoroccoDecember 2, 2016December 4, 2016
    153Merzouga, MoroccoDecember 4, 2016December 8, 2016
    154Fes, MoroccoDecember 9, 2016December 10, 2016
    155Casablanca, MoroccoDecember 10, 2016December 15, 2016
    156Tangier, MoroccoDecember 15, 2016December 16, 2016
    157Granada, SpainDecember 16, 2016January 8, 2017
    158Madrid, SpainJanuary 8, 2017January 10, 2017
    159Bangkok, ThailandJanuary 11, 2017January 13, 2017
    160Nong Khai, ThailandJanuary 14, 2017January 23, 2017
    161Surat Thani, ThailandJanuary 24, 2017January 25, 2017
    162Ko Pha-ngan District, ThailandJanuary 25, 2017February 3, 2017
    163Hat Yai, ThailandFebruary 4, 2017February 5, 2017
    164Penang, MalaysiaFebruary 5, 2017February 11, 2017
    165Kedah, MalaysiaFebruary 12, 2017February 17, 2017
    166SingaporeFebruary 18, 2017February 25, 2017
    167Nong Khai, ThailandFebruary 26, 2017March 30, 2017
    168Kyoto, JapanMarch 31, 2017April 27, 2017
    169Shenzhen, ChinaApril 27, 2017May 10, 2017
    170TaiwanApril 27, 2017May 31, 2017
    171SingaporeJune 6, 2017June 7, 2017
    172Amritsar, IndiaJune 7, 2017June 9, 2017
    173Dharamshala, IndiaJune 9, 2017June 13, 2017
    174Manali, IndiaJune 13, 2017November 15, 2017
    175Keylong, IndiaJune 15, 2017June 16, 2017
    176Leh, undefinedJune 16, 2017June 20, 2017
    177Lamayuru, undefinedJune 20, 2017June 21, 2017
    178Leh, undefinedJune 21, 2017June 24, 2017
    179New Delhi, IndiaJune 24, 2017June 27, 2017
    180Amritsar, IndiaJune 27, 2017June 29, 2017
    181SingaporeJune 29, 2017June 30, 2017
    182TaiwanJune 30, 2017July 13, 2017
    183Manila, PhilippinesJuly 14, 2017July 15, 2017
    184Vancouver, CanadaJuly 15, 2017July 15, 2017