Andrejs and I got engaged back in May, in Melbourne, Australia. Then we slowly made our way back to Europe, picking up wedding-related objects along the way: rings in Sydney, a dress in Perth, wedding shoes in Tokyo. We finally returned to Europe in mid-July after eight-and-a-half months of travel.

As many reading this already know, I lived in Australia as a kid. Once upon a time I was a true Aussie kid, complete with tanned face and broad accent.

In case you’re curious what little Maria looked like

We travelled a lot when I was a kid, but exclusively in Australia. In the four years that we lived…

There’s something about firsts. At least in Western cultures there seems to be a keen interest in them: your first day of school, your first kiss, your first home. I guess it’s about that thrill of doing something for the very first time. The excitement of something brand new. …

I have a confession to make. I miss our camper.

Our motorhome was cute, cozy, and comfortable. Her name was Natasha.

Natasha and I

She became our home for the 12 days we spent touring the South Island of New Zealand. For a change, instead of suitcases, we lived with out stuff neatly…

Sao Paulo is a city of 14.7 million people and with a metropolitan area of about 30 million people. It is not only the most populous city in Brazil, but the most populous in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a finance and business hub. …

Medellin, Bogota, Lima. The predictable continuation of our tour of South America would have been Santiago and Buenos Aires. Instead, for our first impressions of Chile and Argentina we bypassed the cities. As such, this is an article contrasting these countries without the traffic, noise and graffiti. …

When you take a one or two-week holiday, you can disconnect. You focus on the trip. You might post an update or share a photo on some social media platform, but you mostly try to forget work, and even people back home, because you want to make the most of…

Maria

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