Travel Writing Elsewhere

Travel Writing Elsewhere

I've written a few pieces about our travel elsewhere that I thought I'd share.  First, Family Trails published a story this week about our adventures.  Family Trails collects adventure stories from families all over in conjunction with the National Center for Families Learning and Toyota in an effort to "spark family learning through exploration".

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Finding Our Comfort Zone

Finding Our Comfort Zone

We've been in Amsterdam for a week and I feel more relaxed here than I've felt since we left Kauai almost four months ago.  The sensation of having just taken a deep breath and exhaled came over me as soon as we arrived, which is saying something following 16 hours of flying and a 7-hour time zone change.  I've been pondering why that is while I'm riding along the canals of this gorgeous city or running through its numerous parks and I think the reason is threefold.

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Favorite Children's Books from Abroad

Favorite Children's Books from Abroad

We haven't acquired much in our travels, but one thing we've loved picking up in each country we visit is a new book (or two) for Blythe.  A few of our new favorites are from a particular country, a few are about countries we've visited, and some are from the US or the UK but are new to us in our travels.  

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Travel Notes: Kanazawa, Japan

Travel Notes: Kanazawa, Japan

We spent five days in Kanazawa and it was my favorite city that we visited during our seven weeks in the country.  Kanazawa sits on the western coast of Honshu and has only been accessible by bullet train since 2015 (it takes just 2½ hours from Tokyo).  It's a bustling, busy city for sure, but much quieter, more compact, and easy to explore than Tokyo or Kyoto.  The Japan Alps lie to the east of the city and the coast to the west, plus the heart of the city is bordered by two parallel rivers, the Sai and the Asano. 

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Slowing Down

Slowing Down

Today is our last day in Kyoto.  We've been here for two weeks and I can count on one hand the number of tourist sites we've visited.  On the other hand, I've been to the nearby Umejenko Park almost every day, we've ridden bikes all over the city, we've cooked several dinners and breakfast each morning, and Rob and I have both been working out regularly.  It feels about as normal as life can on the road and it is just what we need right now.

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