Do your kids look this way in front of a TV screen? Like zombies?! 🧟♀️😂
I work VERY hard to limit TV in our house. Like I’d be happy to throw it out the window altogether. It comes on twice a week (unless @redbeardedwayfinder turns it on): Friday night movies and Saturday cartoons.
This is what a typical Friday night looks like for us, even as we travel. Unless we have something specific on Friday night, we try to do movie night. 🎥
Last Friday was Ratatouille since we are starting to learn French! I plan to let them watch the movie in French for some practice, but we all needed a refresher in English first. 😝
We try to keep some things steady for the kids so that every place can feel like home. We may go out to the night market and see the strangest things right before 🐜🦂🐟🐊🐖🦜, but lights out and this night always feels familiar.
Do you have traditions even as you travel?
Tokyo's Imperial Palace grounds is massive! Unfortunately Edo Castle (1457) was destroyed by fire multiple times throughout the past 300+ years along with majority of the other structures within the walls. The current Emperor Akihito and his family reside here, and within a couple weeks, the Emperor (85 yrs old) will abdicate his throne and his eldest son Naruhito (59 yrs old) will become the new Emperor. 🏯👑🇯🇵 #imperialpalacetokyo#ilovejapan
I present to you the ancient fidget spinner: worry beads.
Rosary beads, prayer beads, or worry beads.
You can find them in a lot of places, usually 33 or 99 beads long, but their significance changes depending on the culture.
Mainly used in religious aspects, they are for counting prayers, but in Turkey I saw them in most men's hands being idly fiddled with or swung. After a few days of thinking men must be very dedicated to reciting prayers, I got curious and asked a shop owner who enlightened me: they're refered to as "worry beads" and are used mainly to quell restless hands and stress and are becoming a fashion accessory.
Still no idea why it's socially acceptable for men to have them and not women. If you know, I'd love to hear it.
Sunday sunrise! *Which was actually taken Saturday on my sunrise/full moon hike.
Sometimes the busyness of being back in the states weighs on me, but finding a quiet mountaintop to wake up with nature is a great way to recenter or reconnect.
How do you recenter in your times of stress?
2 3921 April, 2019
I’m wearing a matching scrunchie to the Moulin Rouge .. I tried 😅✨ #red#moulinrouge
The Japanese hospitality is world renown, and today I was treated to an annual sake tasting at a well established local sake brewery and oishii lunch afterwards at the local tofu factory in Komatsu, thanks to my new friends Ryuta, Satomi, and Takase. One of the best things about traveling is meeting people from other countries and becoming friends! Arigato gozaimasu @jdi_620 🙏🏻❤🇯🇵
5 4220 April, 2019
It may not look like much, but after a morning of trekking, some homemade mint tea and mixed nuts hit the spot!
There's something about being in the mountains with the clean fresh air that really feeds the soul.
Combine that with Berber hospitality and being in the Atlas range was a life changing experience.
Off to Bangkok! ✈️
I’ll be honest, I never even thought we would come to Asia! Like, ever in my lifetime.
The funny fact that we will live over half a year in Asia just 🤯
I bet you can guess the result: I love it! We all do. It has quirks and we do miss drinking out of a faucet 💧 (sometimes when I see my friends do this on Marco Polo I want to say “Wait! It’s not clean!”), but we LOVE so much about it.
Do you think that will be true if anywhere you go? If you stay long enough you’ll probably fall in love? ❤️ Or are there some places that just aren’t ever going to be a fit?
19 26118 April, 2019
One of the simple but truly the best thing my friend & I did is riding a bicycle at this one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world and
long, historic city wall with scenic views.
Sakura season is winding down here in Honshu, Japan. The past three weeks has been absolutely beautiful, especially last week when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom! Traveling back to Japan to experience the Cherry Blossom season was my #1 travel priority this year, and my expectations were superseded!! Check that off the travel bucket list ✔ Arigato gozaimasu, Nihon! 🌸🙏🏻🇯🇵 #sakuraseason#ilovejapan
How do you feel about flying with kids? Want to take our five on your next flight?
We were sad to leave Bali after six lovely weeks there. Onto Singapore!
Join us on an international flight as I share some of my tips for flying with kids. Hint: one of them is what to do when your baby is crying. We’ve been in all kinds of situations with our kids from diaper blowouts to screaming babies to such fast layovers we have to skip a meal.
Do you have other tips for flying with kids? Leave a comment! Be sure to subscribe to follow our adventures around the world.
Full video on our YouTube channel 📺 Link in bio!
15 14716 April, 2019
Architecture Tuesday! "Souk Des Fassis"
Directions found in the heart of the Medina on walls that have seen many years.
I happen to love when the outer parts crack away revealing how a structure is made. These flat "bricks" seemed to be the construction norm here but were a first for me to see.
What would you take along with you if you had to live out of luggage? 🧳🎒
Here is a sneak peek packing day for us! We were leaving Bali ✈️ and heading to Singapore!
You’ll see some of the things the Wayfinder kids try to fit into the luggage and the basics we always want.
For our new detailed packing lists head over to our blog 💻 www.7wayfinders.com
- Mama’s List
- Kid’s List
- Medical Kit
- Homeschool List
- Tech List
- Dad’s List
Full video on our YouTube 📺 channel! Link in bio!
9 12414 April, 2019
Peony flower season is back till May. The season that every local and tourist are looking for in Henan.
It's Caturday guys!
One of my hobbies while traveling is to try and capture some of the strays doing their thang (and hopefully give some scratchies)! Caught this one looking regal in the morning light after a few days of snowfall in Turkey.
2 4014 April, 2019
Indian Buddhist priest named Bodhidharma-founder of Kung Fu travelled from ancient India to ancient China to see the emperor and spread the martial art.
These days Shaolin temple and monastery become a place for students to learn about Kung Fu and also for tourist to learn about this martial arts' history
Halal food easy to be found in Xi'an especially in Muslim Quarter street.
Story behind this street: Xi'an is the starting point of the Ancient Silk Road 1,000 years ago in the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-9 AD). A number of merchants and overseas students from the Arabic countries and Persia went to Xi’an for business and studying. They end up settled down on the present Muslim Street, and they were called as Hui people by the locals.
One generation after another, the descendants of the Hui ethnic people multiplied and lived on the street.
That's how this street exist.
The Terracotta Warriors & Horses -a collection of sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang; the first emperor in China. The purpose of this funerary art of buried is to protect the emperor in his afterlife. The original sites was found by farmers in 1974 when they were digging a well near the royal tomb.
Great history but the sites that they built for this founding is nothing to shout about (just my honest opinion)