Stops Along the Way

After reuniting with Wife’s family in Tapah, Malaysia, we began what has turned out to be an epic journey in less than four weeks.  I hope a timeline helps me make some sense out of this.

Feb 14-16 Petaling Jaya, a suburban district to Kuala Lumpur.  Wife and I met up with her brother, David, and her sister, Vicki, visiting from Sydney.

Feb 17-21 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam.  A short side trip before our return flight from Kuala Lumpur.

Feb 23-Mar 1 Malpensa Airport, Milan, Italy. Met up with Daughter and classmate on their way to and from Sofia and Plovdiv, Bulgaria. This must be our favorite airport as we most often post from the airport’s Art exhibits.  We stayed in the city of Ferno which borders on the actual MXP runways allowing us an afternoon walk of plane spotting.

Mar 2-6 San Diego.  We flew into LAX, Los Angeles for a drive down the coast to visit Brother George and wife Gloria.  A chance to celebrate her birthday and his final chemo sessions.

Mar 7 Los Angeles. Travel Inventory Day. Last sunny day.

Leaving the cloudless skies
Mar 8-11 Seattle. Home (sort of).

Mar 12 Vancouver, Canada. Lucky we planned to relax and recuperate as it was the wettest, cloudiest March on record.  Our apartment was in Metrotown section of Burnaby city, just east of Vancouver.

The day without rain
Here’s the whole map courtesy of Google in case you are curious.  For simplicity, not all flights are shown.





Our Three Month Visit to North America

I originally titled this as our visit to the United States, only later realizing that we went up to Canada so “North America” is more appropriate.  Wish we could have co-ordinated a run down to Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico to catch up with George and Gloria making it a full North American adventure.

We spent an interesting three months, June through August, hanging around Seattle, Washington, meeting up with Daughter between University Semesters, visiting my home town, and relaxing up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Summarizing a trip this long comes down to decisions on what to include, what was unique, what was inspiring.  Looking through our photos poses the dilemma of which ones are favorites.  I love them all for the stories they reflect rather than their artistic merit.

Here are some of the places we were. Although we mainly visited new places, one of the themes was eat and drink our favorites.  As some of the photos show, coffee and mate were big on my list.

Tukwila, Washington – We started in Tukwila, a small city just a walk north of SeaTac airport.  There are a surprising number of parks including a botanical garden, Duwamish river walk, and community center sports parks.

Discovering Tukwila's parks through long walks
Discovering Tukwila’s parks through long walks

Portland, Oregon– This post documents our visit to Portland with a couple of stops in Washington.

Windom and Burnsville, Minnesota – We stopped in Minnesota staying in Burnsville, a suburb south of the Minnesota River. This was convenient to check up with friends and colleagues in Minneapolis and St. Paul that we had not seen for over a year.  While Wife and I visited my home town of Windom, our daughter camped out in the last remaining Big Woods area south of Northfield, Minnesota.

Coffee was a big part of this trip.
Coffee was a big part of this trip. Here at the River City Eatery ( in Windom
Daughter camping with friend in the Big Woods
Daughter camping with friend in the Big Woods

Vancouver, British Columbia – We spent a week in the Mt Pleasant district of Vancouver, just south of the downtown area.  We explored our apartment and the vibrant multi-ethnic, multi-cultural community.

Interesting walls of apartments.
Interesting walls of apartments.
View from Mt Pleasant
View from Mt Pleasant
Tomando mate con mi mujer.
Tomando mate con mi mujer.
Interesting books, ordered by color.
Interesting books, ordered by color.
Apartment Cat with her buddy
Apartment Cat with her buddy

Beacon Hill, Seattle, Washington – Our last two weeks were spent here in a district just south of downtown Seattle.  It is walking distance to China town and the international district.  For longer trips, we used our passes on the Soundlink trains and Metro buses. My senior card was definitely worth it. Daughter returned to University.

Sound Link transit
Sound Link transit coming to Beacon Hill Tunnel

Our rootless life continues. New paths and new adventures seem to be more important than new places.