Category Archives: Vacation

Namibia

Our vacations are most meaningful when they take us by surprise for a richer, more profound experience. This vacation transcended that expectation. With its formidable energy, the spirit of Africa engulfed us. It was impossible not to recognize a deeper … Continue reading

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October Break

Imaginings of timeworn cities that preserve some of the world’s most revered antiquities lured us to Europe. Each country, with its own unique cultural flair and historical relevance, drew us in. One thing was for sure, no matter where we … Continue reading

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100 Things to Do and See in Makasaar

We woke up early yesterday morning and went to Denpassar’s (Bali) Ngurah Rai Airport with return tickets to Timika. After a typical airport delay, we boarded the plane and began our journey home. After 55-minutes of flight time, our high … Continue reading

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We’re on Vacation!

I’ll be back in two weeks to post more pictures and stories of our family’s adventures in Indonesia (and beyond)!

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The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is a mere hop, skip, and jump from jobsite, so it was only a matter of time before we found ourselves enjoying its illustrious scenery. Considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world, its … Continue reading

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Home

The weeks and days that led up to our trip to the U.S. and Canada were flooded with thought and speculation about how it was going to feel to be back home. The ebbs and flows of excitement, curiosity, and … Continue reading

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Flight #GA652

The worst part of travel to and from Tembagapura is Flight #GA652, from Denpasar-Bali to Timika. It leaves at 1:50am and arrives in Timika three-hours and forty-minutes later at 6:30am (there’s a one-hour time difference). The grueling, red-eye flight torments … Continue reading

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New Caledonia

Thousands of miles from France, a French territory rests on an archipelago in the sun-drenched South Pacific seas. New Caledonia, more commonly known to the locals as Nouvelle-Calédonie, is best described as a Melanesian island with a touch of Parisian … Continue reading

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7693 Miles from Home: The Movie

7693 Miles from Home: The Movie, will not be released in a theater near you, but short videos of our adventures in Indonesia (and beyond) are now available for you to watch in the comfort of your own home.  We’ve … Continue reading

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Queenstown, New Zealand

After stepping into and laying eyes on the resplendent sights of New Zealand, one can easily understand and appreciate Peter Jackson’s vision for Middle-Earth. Defined by snow-capped mountains stippled in rich hues of emerald and gold, traversing rivers stained in … Continue reading

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Meri Kirhimete!

Merry Christmas from New Zealand!   The spirit of Christmas is abounding in Kiwiland, but not with profusely decorated trees vying for attention, with larger-than-life ornaments imbuing magic and excitement, or with strings of colorful lights appearing to never end.  Instead, … Continue reading

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