A family of four's adventures around the world

Author: betweenplaces

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

K692 train to Hohhot

K692 train to Hohhot

July 11th, 2016 We were in Xi’an South train station. Well, we actually were inside the temporary waiting hall, made of metal slates and metal sheet roof. It rained outside on and off. Heavy. The walkways flooded. The water went by fast, having a depth between […]

Huashan

Huashan

July 1st, 2016 It’s hard not to go climb Huashan, one of China’s most sacred mountains when one is in Xi’an. After all people literally come here just for this mountain and Terracotta army. We went on a very sunny Friday, taking the new high […]