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It’s impossible to sum up all that he was to me, and so many others, but I need to record and share some thoughts anyway. He was not perfect (none of us are), but he was so many things that I want to be. Life is definitely darker without any living grandparents.
In our family, the year that a child turns twelve they can choose anywhere in the world for a trip with just me and them. Cole chose Bolivia. Will chose Japan. Samm chose South Africa. Well, here we are.
Singapore was our final destination on the Asian continent. I’m still still wrapping my brain around this interesting city-state. It’s different but familiar. In many ways, it feels like “The Las Vegas of Southeast Asia.”
It’s not that I had never heard of Malaysia but I didn’t know much about it. That seems to be the situation for most people I know. When they heard Kuala Lumpur was on the list they always asked, “Where is that?”
Thailand is known as the land of smiles. It could also be known as the land of malls, traffic, food, and energy. I was happy to be back in this country and show the family around.
Our next destination was the largest city in Central Vietnam: Da Nang. Most people will visit the much larger cities in the North and South but we wanted something a little less touristy. We got it.
For the next leg in the trip around the world, we took a five hour flight over the East China Sea and landed in Hong Kong aka The City of Skyskrapers. For this flight we took the airline HK Express because it had direct access at the right time. (In all of our flights, we don’t…
This is my fourth time in the Land of the Rising Sun. It remains exciting and new. If you like to explore, there is something to discover around every corner.
We enjoyed this week in The Emerald City. For a third stop, it was just enough foreign while also staying familiar. I’m glad to have finally seen the Australian continent of this beautiful world.
Of all the men I’ve never met, perhaps none have influenced my life more directly than Samuel Stucki. He was born 200 years ago today in Switzerland. It was January 18, 1824.
When people ask about our family adventure, it’s never easy to list through all the destinations. It doesn’t really matter though because most people stop us after the first country.
The first stop is a familiar place that gets us halfway across the Pacific and just slightly adjusts the time zone.
There is a habit on social media that isn’t very social. Let’s call it the “First Person Problem.” It is the tendency for a person to constantly steer the conversation to be about themselves.
The next travel goal: travel in one direction around the whole world.
This stockpile post includes great taste from my daughter, a link to another Renlund masterpiece, a new sign for our door, and Warren Buffett stealing my idea.
I lost my sense of smell and I’m working to get it back. I don’t know if this works for everyone, but it’s been productive enough for me that I thought I would share it.
We brought our girls to LA to watch the Wheel of Fortune get taped.
“Notes From” is a series where I share notes and observations from recent adventures. This time it was Mexico City.
Highlighting one small lesson from a talk full of great lessons.
This stockpile post includes an awesome zoo in Belgium, a podcast for your next long drive, some reusable water balloons, and a salsa drenched sandwich recommendation.