This article was first published March 29, 2017. Since it's been awhile, you may not know that our family of four traveled for ten months through Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, and England.
During our travels we ate many different kinds of foods and experienced the challenges of trying to eat a healthy diet at the same time. Peru was one of the easiest places to feel like I was eating well, and as a result I physically felt great while I was there. If you someday get a chance to go, take it!
When I originally wrote this, I did not yet know that my son, ten-years-old at the time, would declare himself vegetarian, just as we were entering Spain. The poor kid ate mostly potatoes in Spain, and we cut our time in Spain shorter than we'd planned so that we could get to the Pizza!
His new vegetarianism was probably a combination of seeing meat hanging in open air market, the guinea pigs raised for food, and his best friend at home being vegetarian. He's still vegetarian two years later. Now, our family eats mostly vegetarian at home, but isn't as strict away from home. It's what works for us!
Probably not an Incan Priestess, but I did fall instantly in love with the Peruvian culture. It could have been reading all of those Paddington Bear books. He was from darkest Peru. Or it could have been the Peruvian Dark coffee I used to drink roasted by Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company.
Or was it the delicious food?
This article was originally posted on November 23, 2016. Our family was three months in to a ten month "round the world" trip.
Our food habits changed quite a bit from country to country. In Australia, we were mostly cooking on a camp stove or in the communal kitchens at the caravan parks as we were mostly traveling by camper van.
In New Zealand it was mostly hostels. We had our boxes of food that we stored in the communal kitchens, then packed up for the next place.
We met so many wonderful people and observed different cooking and eating habits. In many ways, cooking in hostels wasn't too different from cooking at home. If I had a plan and the food to prepare, a meal would happen!
The more you cook, the more you will cook.
We're travelling by car in New Zealand and staying in hostels most of the time.
As much as I've talked about being an introvert, I've preferred hostels to our Australian campervan experience.
I'd never stayed in hostels before, so its been quite fun doing it with our family of four. We are all having fun having other people to talk to. Our fellow travelers are interesting as are the people managing the hostels.
It really struck me the other day how much people were cooking. Not just throwing sauce on pasta, although that is a good option for a long travel day. They often cook good healthy meals from whatever country they are from. Hardly anyone is American, most often they are German, Dutch, French or from various Asian countries.
I was really impressed!
This blog was originally posted on December 20, 2016. I've posted it again because this can be a hard time of year and these tips to change your mindset do help.
They don't necessarily change the situation, I know some of you may be going through much bigger things than what I was experiencing last December, being far away from home.
Follow the suggestions anyway... it certainly can't hurt.
Two months in Australia and five weeks in New Zealand.
Sure there were times I missed home, wanted to come home even, but those times were brief. Travelling isn´t easy, but I never seriously wanted to ¨quit the trip¨ as my son once said.
I was excited about coming to Colombia.
The plan is to spend four months in South America with Colombia as our home base. My father in law is Colombian and there is a ton of family here.
We came here with a rough plan of spending time in Bogota over Christmas, then visiting Ecuador, Peru and Chile, coming back to Bogota in between countries. We were happy to be able to stay in one place for a while.
We travelled for more than thirty hours to get to Bogota from New Zealand so we had no problem with resting a bit once we got here.
Then culture shock hit.
I am going to warn you now, spirituality is a big topic, so I'll write about some generalities at the beginning, but then I'm going to tell you a lot about my spiritual journey through ten months of traveling the world with my family.
It's fun and I feel like my view of my spirituality changed quite a bit in that period of time. I'm sure if you contemplate your own spiritual path, you'll find that it has also changed through the years.
The important part to remember is that, we are changeable and unique and what one person may consider spirituality can be very different from another's.
And that's okay! We all have different backgrounds, different stories, and different lives. I think that evolving and growing is the important part on an individual basis.
Why is spirituality important?
Division of Labor
I bet the subject most couples argue over is division of labor, how household chores are divided up.
My husband and I generally have a good system. For example, I do the shopping and cooking and he does the kitchen clean up. It might not seem completely fair, but I like to cook and I can make a pretty good mess.
We've had to change things up now that we’re traveling for a couple of months in a camper van.
Now it makes sense for me to do the cooking and cleaning, while he packs up the camper van. We’re just in each other’s way, if we try to help each other. It took us a little while to figure it out. I’m sure it will shift as we go.
It wasn't always so smooth...
I've rarely paid attention to the Dirty Dozen or the Clean 15.
Easy, peasy. Why pay attention when I’m going to buy organic anyway?
Because, sometimes I step my little toe outside of Santa Cruz.
Actually, I just took a big dive outside of my comfort zone and I’m not talking about just swimming in a lake with non-aggressive crocodiles. “Leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone.” That’s another story!
I’m at the beginning of a ten-month trip with my family.
It seemed like a good idea…
This past weekend, I was visiting Portland, Maine for a business event with my friend Talya. She's an ayurvedic practitioner. Check her out here. Happily for me, she's also a self-proclaimed foodie. What did that mean? It meant we got to eat good food joyfully. We enjoyed our food and some of the time we ate food that neither of us eat on a regular basis.
Enter Holy Donuts....
Holy Donuts are a Portland phenomenon. They're a healthy donut made with fresh Maine potatoes. They use wholesome ingredients including the highest quality dark cocoa powder and 60% dark chocolate chips in all of the chocolate donuts and glazes, and color their other glazes with only fruit juices or vegetable dyes. No fake colors!
Talya had walked past one of the shops earlier in the day when she didn't have time to stop and spied some of the donuts. When we met later that afternoon, she insisted we stop to try some. They were out!
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