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My 2 year old can out-snorkel you

I’m not joking. I’ll place bets on it. My 2 year old can and will out snorkel you. “Hi, My name is Miss I. That’s a picture of me snorkeling in the waters of Menjangan Island in Indonesia. I am ridiculously adorable above and below water. I’m the daughter of a King and by our […]

Celebrating on Monkey Beach, Penang

Admittedly, we have a lot of fun experiences, maybe more than the average family. Our most fun experiences are shared with others. Meeting other travelers or locals transforms a time that would have been simply memorable to extraordinary. The energy level of our meet up in Penang was immense. We traveled to Penang to meet […]

The thrill of escalators.

The Joy of Escalator Riding

There were many shouts of joy when they spotted the first one and it never diminished. My children are 4 & 2 years old. Discovering places with us, they feel our sense of adventure and it doesn’t matter where we are as long as there is adventure for them as well. In Kuala Lumpur, the […]

The childish Art of Luggage Riding

Air Travel with Toddlers Made Easy

Getting through an airport can be quite an affair alone, but add two small children and the anxiety level can rise quickly. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that our chosen lifestyle involves lots of travel. We love to discover new places, but getting to them can be tedious. In […]

Elephant painting

Celebrating “4″ at Elephant Safari Lodge

“It’s my birthday. I’m going to ride elephants. And eat ice-cream. It’s my birthday.” My boy sings, he’s excited and he’s back. He deserves this. Our ease into living in Bali was tormented by a severe ear infection that left him spiritless. The infection spread to the mastoid bone of his skull making his ear […]

Best water loungers ever!

Splishing and Splashing at Bacab Eco Park

Their bags are packed, the sunburned skin has healed (although it’s still peeling) and the Castenadas are ready to go home to Iowa. We’ve had an incredible week of fun, but their flight doesn’t take off until 4pm and it’d be a shame to spend the day just waiting for a flight. After all, we […]

Our mermaid running back into the water

Our Garifuna Mermaid

We met a mermaid in Hopkins.  She had glorious black skin, truthful eyes and a playful nature.  She jumped in and out of the water effortlessly – like nature had intended her to do.  She danced in the ocean, splashing brilliant Caribbean water into the air. When she surfaced, the sparkles of water droplets beaded […]