I originally started this blog as a platform to highlight my photography. While it will primarily remain a visual blog, I am dedicating the next 9 months to chronicling our family’s travels abroad, our “year off.” The decision to upend our lives came through unequal parts luck, strategy and good timing.
My husband lost his job in back in June, and while shocking at the time, it was ultimately the catalyst that set us in motion. No longer trapped in a unfulfilling 9-5 job and having recently sold our house in Seattle it was our golden ticket to travel.
After receiving the news, we initially considered taking our van on the road across the US. In July, we embarked on a 3 week van trip to Haida Gwaii, BC and then spent the remainder of the summer backpacking through our beautiful home state of Washington. After a taste of this new found freedom, it became increasing clear that we needed to think bigger. With encouragement from friends on a similar journey, we decided to take the plunge. We pulled our kids (age 9 and 6) out of school, packed up our home, found a temporary foster care for our dog, and bought our tickets to Kathmandu. None of this was easy but we were determined to see it through.
We have a skeleton of a travel plan for the next 9 months that will surely evolve over time. Our choice of destinations include places where we have friends and family as well as places we’ve always wanted to see. There will certainly be bumps and scrapes along the way but I’ll do my best to keep it interesting and keep it real. I hope you will follow us and perhaps be inspired to take your own “year off.”
The above images were taken from our first outing to Swayambhu, better known as The Monkey Temple. It is a short walk from my Father-in-law’s house and is always a visual delight of color and life.
4 thoughts on “The Hullabaloo of Kathmandu – A Beginning”
Your Vashon family sends love, encouragement, and support for your bold adventure. Following your steps into the beauty and discovery of foreign lands and welcoming faces, will be a treat for us all. Thank you for sharing your journey.
Thank you so much Tom! The crowded, frantic streets of Kathmandu are quite the contrast to our serene island spaces. A visual delight in a completely different light. I must say, I am looking forward to our trek later this week.
The first of many. Just the beginning. The magical journey begins. Looking forward to each post, anticipating hearing all the joy, emotion, insight and challenging roads. Document it all.
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It has been an adjustment for all! Just being all together 24/7 is taking some time to get used to. 😊