Saturday, September 15, 2012

Shana Tova 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Blogiversary V : never before published

To celebrate our blogiversary, here are some new, never before published pictures:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Blogiversary IV : us

Five years ago, we were just D & M. D studied religion and then Chinese, and wanted to see everything in person. M completed his pre-medical studies and had the summer off. We decided to go on a trip. We ate a lot of pasta and tuna saving up for it, we bought gear, left our jobs and ascended separate flights, meeting in Beijing.

The culture, it was pretty much a shock, but not one that we couldn't get used to. We stayed in hostels; we had to figure out how to hand wash our clothes and then dry them. We had a budget we revisited every couple week to make sure we were on track, and did so well that at the end we splurged on a fantastic beach house in Goa, India. We took some risks, walked through some scary waterfalls in Nepal, were scarred for life by the leeches on the trail, and appreciated some amazing food that kept us going through it all.

We returned to our daily life with some reverse culture shock: everything is expensive! too organized! not adventurous! But it was all for the best. We made friendships we still cherish, survived ourselves 24/hours a day for many, many days in a row and made the most amazing memories. We ended up with this little blog recording our adventures, bringing us into a new decade, and a new era.

Today we're married with a little boy and another on the way. We live in Mexico. We "travel" back into developed countries instead of the other way around. We're learning to do it slowly, more comfortably, and yet we're still on the road.






Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Blogiversary III : gear review

Five years ago...

We bought backpacks: D's is still going strong, M's was replaced during our trip to Chile.

We bought shoes: D's are still going strong, M's started falling apart in Chile.

We bought water bottles: M's is still going strong, D has gone through more bottles than we can count.

We bought a point and shoot camera and a videocamera: both are still great, although we've added a DSLR to the mix.

Sony video camera- still good, but they don't sell many models with DV tapes anymore!

We bought travel towels: still going strong!

We bought day packs: both are still in use!

M recommends- Mountain Hardware Daypack (we can't find a link)

Hope this helps!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Blogiversary II : blogging

Five years ago, blogging was just becoming popular with larger audiences and becoming mainstream. It was still acceptable to write long, journal-like posts, with no pictures! In the far-east we uploaded pictures on a dial-up connection and therefore couldn't do it very often. No one expected live-blogging. A week or two could pass with no post, and people thought nothing of it. Our blog, had very few gadgets; we didn't have blogger friends, you couldn't "like" a post on facebook and we most definitely didn't use twitter to get real-time tips! We hadn't heard of Scribd, didn't have multiple pages, and had to know html in order to format posts! Oh, how far we've come. It seems like only yesterday!

But this was all that mattered!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Blogiversary I

Five years ago, we started this little blog.
We went on a BIG TRIP: we visited China, Nepal and India. We made a stop over in Turkey. We moved to Israel and vacationed in France. Then we went back to India. Then we moved to Boston. We took another American Road Trip. We went to Mexico for a visit, and then moved there! Since then, we got married in Israel, honeymooned in Cabo, went back to visit Houston, said goodbye to Boston, went on our first South American Trip together, and Little N joined our crew. This year we saw a lot more Mexico, and wouldn't you know it, we're on a little trip this summer.
What a ride!

Happy Blogiversary Tiyulon!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Daily Life: August 2012

After the exciting month of July, August was all about getting settled into a routine!

We came back to Mexico and greeted the rains of rainy season with a bittersweet smile.

We did lots of errands, played outside, and re-explored all of the local parks.

We said goodbye to some friends (this seems to be a recurring theme).

We had lots and lots of picnics!

We made it to the children's museum.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Daily Life: July 2012

There was no daily life stuff for July, because we were traveling the entire time! In case you missed it, we went to Israel:

Israel North
Jerusalem 1
Jerusalem 2
Tel Aviv South
Tel Aviv Zoo

And then to Florida:

Destin Beach 1
Destin Beach 2

Our flights back were pretty uneventful and so coming up are some special posts that should have been posted way back in June!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Beach Time: Destin, Florida 2

The time spent on the beach, was really mostly spent on the beach. Of course on the rainy Florida afternoons we fit in some shopping at the outlets, and rumikub at the condo, but all in all we had great weather and a lot of outdoor time! Here's the continuation:

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Beach Time: Destin, Florida 1

On the way back from Israel, we stopped in the US and went on a family beach trip to Destin, Florida. The last time we were there, was quite a long time ago, way before Little N was around to show us how to REALLY have fun at the beach. Little N and D took a flight on Southwest for this part of the journey, while the rest of the family drove with all of our STUFF. It was well executed on all ends, and a week that started off slightly overcast, ended up with rays of sunshine. Here's the first batch of pictures: