When we get home

When we get home

 “Mum. When we get home, can we bake some bread?”

“Dad. When we get home, can we cook food for our friends and family?”

“Mum. I think I like the beaches in Australia better”

“Mum. When are we going home? Like home home. Where we live home?”

This is something the boys have been saying quite often lately. We knew comments like this would come up sooner or later but we thought it would be later. We are only just over two weeks in to our trip and it feels like it’s been months!

Markus has missed cooking so we made some roti. Tasted like shit but it was fun

Markus has missed cooking so we made some roti. Tasted like shit but it was fun

Here is a recent conversation with Markus which I think explains the kid’s idea of time.

Markus “How long until we get to Chiang Mai?”

Me “Three weeks”

Markus “How long is three weeks?”

Me “Like going to school than having a weekend at home. Do that three times”

Markus “Ohhhhhhhh”

I mean if the kids can’t quite understand three weeks how do we expect him to understand 1 year!!

Catching the bus

Catching the bus

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Getting Ice Cream!!

Getting Ice Cream!!

We did a lot of ground work before leaving Sydney to help prepare them. They got to be a part of the planning, the countdown on the calendar and buying all the things we needed. We even got them thinking about what “learning” would be like on the road and how that might look such as their journals, work books, online learning ect. I don’t think any amount of preparation could prepare them for something like this.

Making paper mache elephants at the Artist Village in Hua Hin

Making paper mache elephants at the Artist Village in Hua Hin

This lovely artist Nang gave us some great lessons that day. Pretty much stop being uptight about everything and settle the fuck down haha

This lovely artist Nang gave us some great lessons that day. Pretty much stop being uptight about everything and settle the fuck down haha

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She puts her art on scrap pieces of paper. This was a paper bag she found in India

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95% of the day they say they’re having fun (which we all are) but those little comments are what get us thinking. When do we go home? When we complete what we had planned? When we tick all the boxes? When we run out of money? When the kids have had enough? When we have all had enough?

I think it’s normal to get home sick! You know when you have been on the best holiday for 10 days, met amazing people and eaten amazing food? But you can’t wait to sleep in your own bed, or scrub your balls in your own shower or shit in your own toilet. I think it just comes down to being comfortable. What we are doing is new and I have mentioned before in (this post) about being uncomfortable. I think it’s now hit us we are really travelling for a long time, by choice of course. We are all still trying to find our feet in this whole adventure with each other and ourselves.

Visiting Khao Takiab, Hua Hin. One of the many shrines on this hill

Visiting Khao Takiab, Hua Hin. One of the many shrines on this hill

Chilling and watching monkeys for a few hours

Chilling and watching monkeys for a few hours

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View of Hua Hin and Cha-am

View of Hua Hin and Cha-am

Random fishing village we came across. We find if we avoid taxis and just walk that is when we really get to see what life is like here

Random fishing village we came across. We find if we avoid taxis and just walk that is when we really get to see what life is like here

Preparing the nets

On a positive note they are taking in what they are learning and wanting to share that with friends and family back home. I think that’s what makes us happy, they WANT to share this with others.

I asked the boys what they miss about home. They said the dog. Yup the dog. To all our friends and family reading this in Sydney, you are not a priority in our kids’ lives hahaha. So I guess the dilemma isn’t as big as first thought. We are going absolutely nowhere near home anytime soon.

Home will always be there but this opportunity won’t be.

Boys digging for Pipis

Boys digging for Pipis

Peace out from a confused bunch of people xx

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8 Comments

  • Seps

    You guys are amazing. It’s so awesome to see that you are pushing your boundaries and stepping out of the norm. It takes a special kind of spirit to take adventures such as these and you two have that. Nes it’s so great to see how far you’ve come and also how strong your voice has become. Your internal voice that is! We are all encouraged by you and your family to make the most of our lives and go on our own adventures. Shot bro! you always had bigger balls!

    March 2, 2016 at 7:27 AM
    • Vanessa

      Hey Seps! You know I have always wanted balls, I just wish I literally had some haha. Glad to hear you are following along I think its going to be a crazy journey if what we have learnt has only been from 2 weeks of travel!! xxx

      March 2, 2016 at 7:17 PM
  • Cecilia

    Ness!! I love the way you write, insightful, funny and honest, and you don’t need balls – your superwoman qualities balance the three sets you already have in your precious family! Love to you all xox C:-)

    March 3, 2016 at 12:30 AM
    • Vanessa

      AAhhhh only just seen this comment.Thanks for the love C! Glad you are enjoying the blog. We are trying our best to share stories rather than where to go, what to do, how much etc.

      March 19, 2016 at 12:25 AM
  • Ani

    This has been a great insight to possibilities. Wow truly entertaining. Only once have I known you both have an indifference and that was short lived. The boys seem to be growing so fast. Keep travelling cant wait for the next blog. Love you all and miss you heaps

    March 20, 2016 at 10:08 PM
    • Vanessa

      Next one is about money haha love you too mum xx

      March 21, 2016 at 8:06 PM
  • SJ

    Being uncomfortable is such a big part of travel. Soo many times I felt awkward, different, out of place. But then I just grew a pair and realised everyone is just as out of place and weird too. I stopped noticing the differences as a negative/introspective force, and instead let curiosity drive my decisions. I met some of the most amazing people, interacted with cultures I’d never even thought about and a lot of the time I was completely out of my comfort zone. But man I don’t regret anything… Well except the chicken kebab that gave me the worst Thailand food poisoning imaginable! I think you and G and the kids are just amazing. Loves xxx

    March 24, 2016 at 9:30 PM
    • Vanessa

      I think that’s what took us most by surprise, how uncomfortable we were at times. For me it’s trying to speak thai and not sounding like a wanker. Sometimes they look at me thinking wtf are you on about lady. I am currently sitting on the toilet from something we ate last night haha xxx

      March 24, 2016 at 10:27 PM

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