Today is my one year anniversary of leaving full-time permanent employment with the city to “take some time off”. I can’t believe that a year has already gone by. As I strolled down Revere Beach yesterday and realized it had been a full year to the day, I started to reflect on what I’ve done … More A Reflection on My “Year Off”
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust “I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett When Jenny and I tell people that we spent nearly three months traveling through South America (and that we’ve also done … More Everything You Need to Know about Long-Term Travel
Thank you for visiting the blog and interacting with us in 2012. We’re looking forward to keeping up the blog – continuing themes of sabbatical taking/lifestyle design, goal setting, cooking, and travel. The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. … More Happy New Year – Blog Review
This is a post by Jenny. I’m a huge slacker in that I have about 4 blog entries bouncing around in my head – about my sabbatical, my new job, our Europe trip, pics, yearly goals, etc – but have yet to leak them onto a keyboard. I’ve gotten swept up in the return to … More Feel Like Makin’ Cakes!
This is a post by Jenny. After a very busy, overwhelming 3 months back in Boston, we head out of the country again today. This time, we head to our ancestral roots – to Portugal, Italy, and Spain (neither of us have Spanish roots, but I speak Spanish, so that has to count for something!). … More Farewell Boston
This is a post by David. Continued learning has always been incredibly important to me. Anyone who knows me is aware of my penchant for picking up random skills (Indian vegetarian cooking, anyone? rock climbing? Kettlebell strength training?). It must come from my mother, who certainly is a Jill-of-all-trades. I just finished my most recent … More Back to School
This is a post by Jenny Today we rode elephants and it was one of the most incredible experiences we have ever had. We went to an elephant farm to participate in mahout training. (Mahouts are elephant trainers.) First, we were given traditional mahout clothing to change into: Then we were given a briefing on … More Riding on an Elephant
This is a post by David Greetings from Chiang Mai, Thailand! We’ve been here for a few days and we’re finally getting comfortable with this city. Yesterday we went to a Thai cooking class and learned to make some traditional Thai dishes. The cooking school was called Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School and they were … More Thai Cooking Class
I have added cake decorating to my “want to learn/do during my sabbatical” list! Below is the cake that I made (with assistance from David & his mom) for my birthday – I know, you’re not supposed to make your own birthday cake, but I wanted the chance to learn some cake decorating skills! There … More Something New!
A few months ago I made a post about all of the great things I have had the opportunity to do since leaving my job and having a lot of freedom and flexibility with my scheduling and what I do with myself. This blessing has continued, so I’d like to make another list of great … More The Good Life: Pt II