Beijing Paparazzi

After our whirlwind tour of Seoul, we were still uncertain about what to expect from China. Just last week a friend from home warned us to prepare the kids for thick, brown air and an almost complete lack of English speakers. We’ve been all over the world, but perhaps nowhere as truly foreign as China.…

It’s not the search for something else, it’s enjoying what you already have

The answer is there was a confluence of occurrences which drove home 3 very important lessons to me and made me push us to do something we have talked about for quite a while.The first happened about a year ago, when close friends of ours lost their 16 year old son to a car crash…. Luckily, we share a believe in an afterlife where we will see our loved ones again, but that doesn’t completely take away the pain they suffered as future graduations, marriages, grandchildren etc. disappeared in a single night…. Some restaurants were open, some people were back in their homes, we even stopped to get Beignets at Cafe du Monde after working all day on the first day. Then on the second day we were driving into the city to gut a house in the 9th ward and as we came round a bend on i I10 we could see the SuperDome with all it’s damage on the right but to the left was an equally impressive edifice.

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One Day in Korea

We landed in Seoul at 5:30 pm after 11 hours in the air, almost all of them flying due north. Not only did we change latitude by 64 degrees, we also changed continents and, by some standards, worlds. Though Korea is a technological powerhouse, it still lacks what some may qualify as first world amenities.…

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Top 6 Things We Learned in Australia

Australia is a fabulous place to visit with plenty of beautiful beaches, mountains, deserts, and cities to explore. We found that in addition to the landscape, the people are a big part of the country’s allure. They are friendly, outgoing, and embrace life with an enthusiasm that is refreshing for overworked, stressed out Americans to…

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Top 6 Things to Eat in Australia

Australian food was familiar and for the most part yummy. You can tell we suffer from chronic sweet tooth, as three of us chose candy for our favorites. But this is probably fair, since the candy aisles in Australian supermarkets are like nothing you’ve ever seen–long, luscious, and addictive. You used to be able to…

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The Lure of the Sun

I love the sun. Warmth and light are good. When I got to LA after 27 years of living in places that lacked consistent, year-round sunshine I was in heaven. Given this proclivity for all things solar, I was naturally drawn to Queensland, Australia’s own sunshine state. With an average of 300 sunny days per…