The Trans Take London: Day 7

The Trans Take London: Day 7

Last and final day. Our flight wasn’t until the afternoon, so we wandered around a bit in the morning. Poor Yen. He wanted to see Big Ben again, but it’s covered in scaffolding! Here was our destination: the Eye. Linus…

The Trans Take London: Day 6

The Trans Take London: Day 6

Coincidence is a crazy thing. My friend Douglas (who grew up in Scotland but now lives in Singapore) decided to come to the UK to visit his family at the same time we planned this little getaway. Naturally we had…

The Trans Take London: Day 5

The Trans Take London: Day 5

After four days of running around London, we decided it was time for a little fresh air. We hopped on the tube for a very long ride – long enough that the kids changed seats at least a dozen times….

The Trans Take London: Day 4

The Trans Take London: Day 4

By Day 4, Mina was a pro with the bus system. She’s used to subways because Yen takes the kids to Boston frequently. Buses were new, though, but she got them down right away. I think she was a little…

The Trans Take London: Day 3

The Trans Take London: Day 3

Up and at ’em! We’re off to visit the Thames. Wait. There’s a fountain. Everyone stop and look at it! I believe I complained in the last post about the number of private parks in London. I really shouldn’t have,…

The Trans Take London: Day 2

The Trans Take London: Day 2

Twelve hours of sleep and breakfast later, we’re off to visit the Natural History Museum. We decided to take a bus, which Linus enjoyed very much. On the way I noticed a cafe advertising a “ricotta espresso.” Ew. Anyway, here…

The Trans Take London: Day 1

The Trans Take London: Day 1

This probably sounds odd, but I’m looking forward to seeing what we did in London. I was there, obviously, but two small children on the move in a city of 8 million meant I had to keep my focus pretty…

Azores: Saying Goodbye

Azores: Saying Goodbye

And then the last day finally came. We were all so sad to think about leaving – the Azores and our friends. We packed up the house – I think we left it in fairly good condition – and headed…

Azores: Nordeste

Azores: Nordeste

We saved the longest drive for the last full day: Nordeste, all the way over on the other side of the island. Yen had three stops in mind: two botantical gardens and the town itself. My husband does love flowers!…

Azores: Furnas

Azores: Furnas

Wait, where did we bring two toddlers that has steam rising from the ground? That would be Furnas! When you arrive at the¬†lagoa, the first thing you notice is the cats. They’re everywhere! And then you realize that’s attracting them:…

Azores: Vila Franca do Campo

Azores: Vila Franca do Campo

As strange as it sounds, Mina loves dark, enclosed spaces. We often find her in the back of a closet or on a bed deep under a blanket. So of course she was attracted to the wardrobe in our Airbnb….

Azores: Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde - Take 2

Azores: Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde – Take 2

Remember that time we went to Rome and in a single day visited the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Pantheon? And how afterward I started to think, “I can’t wait to get back to work and get some rest”?…

Azores: Mosteiros and Pinhal da Paz

Azores: Mosteiros and Pinhal da Paz

When we first arrived, Yen said, “We’re probably going to get jaded about these views after a while.” I can report after the duration of the trip that it didn’t turn out to be true. What we did stop doing…

Azores: Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde

Azores: Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Verde

OK, this first photo isn’t from the Azores, but our kitchen the night before. Miss Mina is a Tran in so many ways, but don’t forget her James roots! She’s been tapping into them recently by practicing this move: arms…

January 24 - March 1, 2018

January 24 – March 1, 2018

Winter continues, and so do the complex LEGO structures. I do love weekend mornings when Linus and I are up before Yen and Mina, and we sit together making and destroying everything we can think of. Charmer! Hm… What should…