Mindy and I met in the Spring of 2004 in Berlin, Germany. We fell in love and got married two years later in September 2006 in the Botanical Gardens near Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Through the years we achieved many goals together, watched each other grow and overcome fears/hurdles and created an endless number of travel memories.
After getting married we lived in Toronto, Canada for almost 6 years before moving to Chiang Mai, Thailand with a couple 6 month stints of living in Tampa, Florida in between. During this time I watched Mindy overcome her fear of flying and bugs and she watched me face my fear of heights.
We lived in four countries, traveled to over 30 and immigrated twice. We saw Mt. Everest by moonlight and the Grand Canyon at sunrise. We slept on the Great Wall of China, walked on the beaches of Lesbos and skated the entire length of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Canada.
We walked with elephants in Cambodia, came upon a bear in Newfoundland and were charged by a moose in Alaska. We celebrated the winter solstice with Mayans at Tikal, Guatemala, Yi Peng with Thais in Thailand and the Balinese New Year in Bali.
After 16 years, we have parted ways as a married couple. I am hoping that this post brings me closer to closure.
Favorite Travel Memories
As I reflect on our decade and a half of marriage, I have so many wonderful memories of traveling with Mindy. My most memorable include brushing my teeth at the base of Mount Everest, Tibet, experiencing a thunderstorm roll through at the Grand Canyon, USA and hiking up the Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala.
I loved feeling the breeze of thousands of bats swarming by me as they flew out of a cave opening in Lanquin, Guatemala. I loved scuba diving in Hopkins, Belize and Donsol, Philippines. I loved visiting the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Manila, Philippines, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey and the New Synagogue in Berlin, Germany.
I enjoyed attempting to walk on water in the Sea of Galilee and watching Mindy try to part the Red Sea in Eilat, Israel only to discover that neither of us were prophet material.
I loved hot-air ballooning in Vang Vieng, Laos, motorbiking through Pai, Thailand, riding the train across Java, tuktuking our way through Manila traffic, and memorizing every stop on Berlin’s transportation system.
I loved walking the hallowed beaches of Skala Eresos on the Greek island of Lesbos, hiking up Mosnica Gorge for a beautiful view of Lake Bohinj in Slovenia, and hiking down to Ooh Aah Point in Arizona’s Grand Canyon.
I’l never forget when our bus broke down in Guatemala leaving us stranded in a Mayan village on Christmas Eve. I remember getting caught in the rain after our first Yi Peng festival with no transportation back to our home in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I remember the overnight train across China with squat toilets and amazing scenery and navigating extreme potholes throughout Southeast Asia. I’m taking all these unforgettable memories and so many more with me as I begin the next chapter of my life.
Keeping in touch!
While we each move in separate directions, we have both developed a new online presence. Please visit our new pages:
I am so grateful to you, our wonderful readers, followers and fans, for taking the journeys with us as we explored the globe. I always enjoyed the comments, suggestions and engagement on our social media platforms and appreciate each and every one of you. And so I want this farewell to be accompanied by a big thank you to all of you who have followed us throughout our years of bounding over our steps.