Weekend in New Hampshire

Weekend in New Hampshire

Technically this is June 28 – July 23, 2019. But you’ll see that it’s going to be dominated by our visit to the White Mountains last weekend. But first, let’s celebrate Mina’s half-birthday and get a little exercise. The kids…

Florida

Florida

You might well ask what kind of mad people would choose to vacation in Florida in June. These are the faces of mad ladies and gentlemen: Well, Ba Noi isn’t crazy – she stayed safe and sound in Massachusetts. But…

Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island

Our original plan for winter vacation this year was Sedona. We were going to spend the week hiking and getting warm. But you might remember that we hiked in a canyon near Vegas, and that the kids spent the whole hike…

Hilton Head Island Beach

We’re on Hilton Head Island for a week of getting warm. We deserve it! Last week the entire house had the flu – I missed three days of work, and really should have stayed home on the fourth as well….

Vegas, Baby!

Vegas, Baby!

If you’re going to go on vacation, you’d better start training early. I’m not sure what Mina had planned for Vegas, but she looks ready for anything. She has also learned that vacation involves photos. Lots and lots of photos….

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:…