Between the Pines in Algorrobo

Our arrival in Chile didn’t start off exactly as planned. The flight was amazing because we had a clear view of the Andes as we descended into Santiago but we were left with much to be desired when we saw our rental car. Sami is responsible for renting our cars and he’s still paying the price for this booking! Not only does it have bicycle wheels for tires, it has no air conditioning! It drives like a tin can and feels like you are pushing 200 km/h when you go above 80 km/h. The one positive thing is that Sami looks enormous in it and it really makes me smile. Also Nu seems to really enjoy it because he thinks it’s just another one of his toy cars. Despite it’s miniature size, it got us to our first destination in Chile – Algarrobo – in one piece.  Continue reading

Thermal Explorers

Our last week in New Zealand was a crazy tour from small town to small town, making our way from Lake Taupo back to Auckland. We stayed in a farm, in a cottage by the beach, in the rolling hills of the Waitakere Ranges… and a lot of time in New Zealand’s fancy McCafes in between. Whoever thought up the idea of the McDonald PlayPlace is an actual genius. Continue reading

Rainy days in Wellington

Its been pouring rain for days now and despite being summer in New Zealand its been an average high of 14 degrees all week. This might have been disappointing if we had come all the way from Canada for our holiday but for us it was an amazing excuse to take a break and watch way too many Disney movies. I swear our Airbnb was designed for this weather, with sheep skins draped absolutely everywhere and a big fireplace. It could not have been more cozy. Continue reading

I Brought us to a Ghost Town

After 22 hours of travelling from Malaysia we finally touched down in New Zealand. We were tired, dirty and sore (particularly me from cradling Nu in my arms all night). After a few meltdowns, collecting our baggage, getting our rental car and downing nearly a liter of coffee each, we hit the road to begin our North Island road trip. Sami was feeling thankful for the left sided driving experience he had gained in Malaysia…where you can knock over a few motor bikes and people will just laugh about it. Continue reading

A Merry Christmas in Malaysia

Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country so when we planned our month long stay here over Christmas, we weren’t expecting it to feel very ‘Christmassy’. There’s definitely no snow but we were pleasantly surprised by the trees, ornaments and lights hanging absolutely everywhere. It seems that on the island of Penang everyone embraces and celebrates Christmas regardless of their religion. Continue reading

Blissfully Bored in Hua Hin

At the end of our time in Taiwan we were feeling dirty, tired and very ready for a vacation from our vacation. We vowed to ourselves that after two months of moving every ten days or so that we needed to stay put in one place for a long stretch and seriously chill. We also decided that it was time for a family makeover, with new clothes and haircuts all around. Continue reading