Three for the Road: A Family 7-month trip to South America, Mongolia and Thailand
About this blog
Our family of three set off January 30, 2010 on a seven month backpacking trip to twelve countries we've never before explored. Our blog, written and photographed by Annet and Michael, is both a family memoir and a šletter homeš that allows our friends and family to follow along with us, vicariously. Starting in Valparaiso, Chile and ending in Bankok, Thailand, places we'll visit include Patagonia, Easter Island, the Andes of Bolivia and Peru, ancient Incan cities, including Machu Picchu via the Inca trail, the Amazon basin, and on to Asia, with visits to Seoul, Beijing, Mongolia and Thailand. Our 11 year old is missing half of 6th grade. The progressive Palo Alto, CA school district is fully supportive, being of the opinion that he'll learn far more through world travel can can be taught in the classroom. School imposes one condition: the sixth grade math textbook needs to be learned, cover to cover From an educational standpoint, our family's adventure is a real life, real time, hands on life-learning experience! Each of us has individual passions to guide our travels - Michael is our nature lover, who could spend each and every day hiking in the wilderness. Oliver is fascinated by archeology and Meso-American history. and loves to build things. I am a city person, interested in foreign languages, art and the daily practices of different cultures. Fortunately all of our passions overlap and are shared to varying degrees. The trip will be wide-reaching in places visited and experiences encountered. The commonality is that we are seeking a deeper understanding of the world and its people, including ourselves.