finding flanders

This blog needs to start with a description of our most up and down travel day we’ve had yet. Tears shed in the emotional farewell with our cousins in Zeist were blasted away by the ice cold wind of a pre-dawn skelter, dragging our four bags (and five day packs) across the largest car park…

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jingle bells in winterberg

In our determination to experience a white Christmas, our obliging Dutch family headed for the hills – literally.  An extended caravan of cars (with our little Opel Astra whining at high revs out of sight at the rear) transported us from the lowlands of central Netherlands to the modest, wooded mountains of Olsberg and the…

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dutch family and chocolate

On our second week in Europe, we excitedly drove from Germany, through Belgium to Zeist, a lovely town near Utrecht in central Netherlands and the warm, welcoming home of our cousins Erik and Sandra with their kids Robin, Femke and Stijn. With ten people in one house, the word of the next few weeks was…

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eight nights in bangkok

The moment the kids walked outside for the day from air conditioned comfort into Bangkok’s heat and humidity (and mind you, this was in its ‘coolest’ month) they went from boisterous chatty creatures to an upright form of sloth – with all respect to sloths everywhere – barely able to put one foot in front…

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a minor miracle in bangkok

Our family is almost entirely committed to Apple. It’s a solid, if sometimes tense, marriage. We decided to bring a third (old model )iPhone (with a standard tetchy unpredictable battery) on this trip as an emergency backup to our two phones. Well, only two weeks in and having a third phone has been a revelation.…

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chillin in hot hua hin

After a great flight on Thai Airways (lots of food, comfy seats … kids said they never want to go back to Jetstar) we spent a night at a hotel near the airport and were picked up after a swim and brekky by the aptly named Happy Taxi Company; apt because this part-limo-inspired minivan, complete…

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and what about packing?

Probably one of the top two questions we’re asked is ‘how many bags are you taking?’ accompanied by a look of combined horror and concern.  Honestly, we’ve packed more than we had planned but as soon as we’d decided on a white Christmas in Europe (which has stretched to a full six months of wintry…

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how did we get here?

We’re a family of five, living in Adelaide, Australia… and on 3rd November 2018 we’re leaving for the adventure of our lives.  We’ve had a few short trips so far and there’s been lots of fun (and too many bumps, tantrums and tears to count) along the way.  In a way, those holidays were like boot camp for…

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