A few years ago, we never imagined we would leave everything behind and go around the world for almost a full year. Any travel longer than two weeks seemed too complicated and costly. Our first post describes a bit about what precipitated this journey.
We asked our son Kyle (whose bio is at the bottom of this page) to briefly describe our journey and how he feels about it. Click to play and hear what he had to say:
We hope you find our blog informative and engaging — or at least good for escapist procrastination and a few laughs!
Morgan, who turned 43 in September, spent the past 15 years working as an attorney in San Francisco specializing in plaintiffs civil litigation. On weekends he loves to “fiddle with photos and wires,” which is his shorthand for developing his photography and tech skills. When he’s not busy with his camera or laptop in the coming year, he plans to co-teach the kids, run with Sarah, pick up pen-and-ink drawing again, and learn as much as possible about the places we visit (in no small part through each region’s food and wine).
Sarah, who’s 41, sometimes refers to herself as “the unsavvy traveler” because she is perplexed by packing, fairly ignorant about geography and anxiety-ridden in airplanes. Her website and blog describe her background as a writer, mom and runner. She is extremely grateful to have this opportunity to experience life in other parts of the world, to focus on educating her children (and herself) for a year, and to spend so much time together as a family before the kids turn into teenagers. She’s sad, however, to leave her third “child” behind — her dog, Teddy, who will be cared for by Morgan’s parents while we’re abroad.
Colly’s real name is Collier, which is her dad’s middle name. She’s 12 and in the 6th grade. She loves the arts — especially theater, circus, illustration and fashion design — and in addition to performing in musicals, she takes trapeze and gymnastic lessons. When asked in 5th grade to identify the person she most admires, she named Project Runway winner Christian Siriano. She looks forward to sharing what she learns during travel through her own blog.
Kyle is 8 and in 3rd grade. When asked what he likes to do in his free time, he said: draw robots and aliens, read Calvin and Hobbes, play catch with his dad, ride his skateboard and ripstick, and go to Fenton’s for ice cream.
Photos of the four of us together are few and far between, since one of us is usually holding the camera. We’ll start a gallery of our family shots here: