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Wednesday, 24 September 2008

The more things (and diapers) change...

You'd think I would have learned by now.

When my son was about 5 months old, I had to drive from downtown Athens, Greece, to Nea Penteli, a remote suburb.  This is a little like driving from Los Angeles to Rancho Cucamonga, except the roads and signage aren't as good.  And they are in Greek.  I had the kid in the Baby Bjorn while we waited for whatever errand it was to get done.  Then there was the dreaded plumbing noise from his torso, and FWOOM!!!  An unauthorized discharge from the lower port.  Otherwise known as a diaper blowout.

I had supplies, but only the minimum:  extra diaper, ziploc baggies, small package of wipes, small bottle of water.  I did not have a change of jeans for me, or anything to clean my clothes, his clothes, or the Baby Bjorn.  For that matter, I was at a marble quarry; I didn't even have a place to change.

I did the best I could with the entire package of wipes, all the water, and a towel I found in the trunk, but it was still nasty.  [...]More

Monday, 22 September 2008

Swings and Superheroes

Two recent articles, one from the SF Gate and one from the Washington Post are well worth your time!  Thanks to TWC readers far and wide for spotting them.

Swingin' Spots - Washington Post (Sept. 9, 2008)
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Always Travel With A Superhero - SFGate.com (September 19, 2008)

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Tuesday, 02 September 2008

Travel Isn't Always Fun

I've been trying to write this post all weekend.  Raq and I have spoken a lot about how travel isn't just in the big trips.  It's also about going outside and finding a new park.  It's about relocating, and then finding the grocery with the right kind of peanut butter.  Or finding the people who will impact your life in a number of different ways.  It's not always fun.  Sometimes it's lonely and sometimes, hopefully few and far between, it's downright scary.

When you need to travel, in a hurry, with children in tow, it is never easy.  Our hearts go out to everyone who has been evacuated over the weekend from the delta states in the US. At the same time, our thoughts are with families in war-torn countries, and places where fault lines of other kinds have rendered home a place that is no longer safe.

We see you and wish you a welcoming harbor and a safe return.
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