True Rome Antics

After 20 hours of travel from Bali,  we arrived in Rome haggard but happy. And just in time for a very awake and enthusiastic Finlay to witness the sunrise. We spent the next seven days wandering the winding cobblestone streets with wonder, shopping at open-air markets, snacking on street food, butchering Italian phrases, and cooking up…

Canggu dig it?

After our fulsome week of markets, temples, and feasting in Ubud, we were looking forward to getting back to the coast. Keen to experience Bali’s world famous surf and do some yoga, we headed to Canggu. This laid back beach town is located between the fancy boutique hotels of Seminyak and the raging party scene of Kuta….

Ubud for Life

After being oceanside for so many days in the Philippines, we wanted a change of scenery. We headed an hour inland to the small town of Ubud; the arts, crafts and cultural hub of Bali. If you’ve never been here, you might recognize Ubud as the primary Bali destination in the film ‘Eat, Pray, Love’….

Welcome to Bali! We’ll be back…

Bali is a tangle of traditional Hindu culture and foreign influence. It is the only Hindu island within the predominantly Muslim archipelago of Indonesia. They have had to work to preserve this independence and their spiritual practice is very strong as a result. Because of Hinduism’s polytheistic and compassionate underpinnings, Bali is seen as more…

Baler: Surf Boards and Sunsets

It’s been a while since our last couple of posts about Malapascua. Apologies! We’ve been on the move, enjoying the magic of Southeast Asia or in places without reliable internet. We are now in Bali, Indonesia. Over the next few days we’ll have a few posts coming to fill you in on all that weve…

Learning to Dive… With Sharks!

Inhaling deeply and rolling onto my back, I paused. Without really holding my breath I revelled in the fullness of it for a beat. Then I let it out slowly, watching the bubbles bounce and ripple upwards towards the surface. A shimmering sky, rocked by waves rolling silently overhead. Sixty feet overhead… For a moment…

Welcome to Malapascua!

Our first destination was Malapascua, a tiny little island off the northern tip of Cebu. Once considered uninhabitable due to its small size and lack of a fresh water source, it is now a growing tourist destination for both international backpackers and Philipinos exploring their own county. With over 15 dive locations dotted around the…

The long haul, with baby

After a 60 hour jouney we have arrived! Our first destination is Malpascua island in the Phillipines. We’ll describe it all in the next post.. this entry focuses on how we survived 2.5 days in transit with an 11 week old and why it took so long! First a quick overview of our itinerary, then…

We are off! (And maybe off our rockers?)

I finished working two full weeks ago. We had planned to spend most of that time on a rock-climbing road trip to Kentucky with some of our closest friends from BC. However after many difficult conversations, and a few tears, we conceded that our climbing trip must be canceled. We needed to spend some quality…

Our final pack

Today we did our final pack: 2 adults and 1 baby living out of one backpack for 6 months and through at least 6 countries. Having one pack between us means that one of us can carry the gear while the other can tend to the babe. This is especially important when Finlay needs to…