Seven weeks ago today we left our little Chinese apartment for a summer of traveling. For seven weeks we have been living with buses, trains, subways, airplanes, 2 different countries, a hotel, 2 different jobs, and my two darling kids.
- The first month we were volunteering at Starfish doing office work and photography. This required me to be dressed up most days looking professional enough to be in an office. It required Bryon to bring almost all his photography gear because he was doing several different photography projects.
- The second month we were volunteering in Taiwan at a Christian school and Bryon was doing construction and both of us were doing some teaching.
- The kids are like most kids – now 6 (my boy) and 9 (my girl). They change their clothes all the time and collect all their own treasures they want to carry around with them.
We were trying to combine work (a few different jobs) with vacation in a few different countries.
Traveling internationally in Asia with public transit, trying to get through crowds of people, through cities we have never been to… where we speak (basically) none of the language – all while trying to keep track of two children who are big enough to walk but not big enough to carry much.
This required the tightest packing I have ever done – our ‘simplest’ living yet.
I am sick of the clothes I brought with me, but we made it through the summer and as we pack up to travel home this week I am so grateful we didn’t try to carry more with us. Continue reading Extreme Minimalism – Summer Travels