Let's start by recapping where we have been in the first stage of this adventure. WOW what a whirlwind two months it has been.
- Bali - Legian and Ubud
- Vietnam - Hoi An, Hanoi and SaPa
- Kuala Lumpur
- Cambodia - Otres Beach, Sihoukville and Siem Reap.
|The day we left Australia - miss u guys !|
There certainly have been days that either of us could have happily packed up and headed for home. But the problems would still be there. Being back home would not change a thing.
The reason we opted for an extended trip with our young family was to reset our lives, to find our mojo again if you like. To heal and recover. We have yet to do that, the first 60 days have been a total rollercoaster of emotions and juggling act with the kids. Working out what works and what definately does not.
We have learned some valuable lessons, the hard way !
- We need to slow down. Four countries in the first 6 weeks was way too much.
- Regardless of the size, hotel rooms are not suitable for us. Apartments work best for us.
- A fridge and kitchenette are essential.
- The baby NEEDS to be in a cot, everyone sleeps better.
We have meet some amazing and inspirational people and families.
In the past 60 days we have connected with so many like-minded people who just seem to accept us and understand what it is we are trying to do. They have done it themselves and are full of encouragement. They see the struggles we have with small children and tell us stories of when they traveled with young children or even just the early days of travel as a family. This has helped us greatly.
We now have some help.
After losing our friend Nai after our time in Bali, we struggled to get a break. We longed for the opportunity to have a quiet dinner together or just to be able to debrief and plan for the next step of this journey. Once we reached Siem Reap, another traveling family introduced us to a wonderful, caring polish women who started spending time with us and the kids. She soon captured the kids imagination with art and activities. She is now the childrens 'teacher', spending a few hours each days, reading, singing, creating master pieces with playdough or paint. They love it, and so do mum and dad.
We miss family and friends.
More than we can say. It's a long time to not see or hug the ones you love. This is something that you just do not get use to. Talking on skype is great but so not the same. Coming home for christmas will be truly special.
|This is so you don't forget what we look like LOL !|
So that is a quick run down on the first 60 days abroad. Thank you for following our journey so far and we look forward to getting to know you all better as we continue with this blog.
Any questions ?
If you have any questions about us, travel in general, or you want to know more about a particular place in south east asia, please ask and we will be happy to do a post to answer your question.