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435 World Tour

August 2018 - May 2019
Exploring Europe and Asia, one family squabble at a time...
  • Day263

    Lovely not-so-beachy holiday!

    May 18 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Many thanks to Nana and Tony for making our wonderful family holiday in Croatia happen! It was not exactly beach and pool weather, and still we had some beautiful, relaxing days together, exploring little towns like Omis and the river Cetina, as well as sleeping, drinking coffee, Croatian beer, and too-euro-trendy Aperol Spritzes, reading and maybe some binge-watching...Read more

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  • Day258

    Boys day out

    May 13 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Today the girls, Charlie, and Tony went out to the mall in Split so the boys had the day to themselves 😃. So we climbed the ridge behind our villa and took some good pictures too 📸 ! The climb was long, about 1h and 15 minutes. On the way up we shot sling shots and saw a very old electrical tower🗼. I liked the hike but it was very tiring, I got chocolate 🍫 at the end though so it was worth it.
    - Joshua Auer (Malcolm’s cousin)
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  • Day256

    When the cousins came to town...

    May 11 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Lara’s sister, Rebecca, and her family joined us in Rome today. We have been looking forward to this visit for a long time!

  • Day253

    Another 6 hour lay-over, in Romania

    May 8 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    After a delicious lamb dinner at the Canadian Embassy (thanks to Peter, Samuel and Tavi for sharing their home, their supper, and their perspectives on life in Jordan), we headed to the airport for our 3:55 AM flight to Bucharest, followed by a 6 hour lay-over before heading to Rome... whew! Memories of being a student traveller, sleeping on airport floors, and weighing out how much you really need that second uber-expensive cup of coffee... we finally arrived at our extremely dingy, over-priced apartment around 5PM... but the kids are thrilled to be back in the land of food they recognize!Read more

  • Day252

    Camel riding in Wadi Rum

    May 7, Eastern Mediterranean ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Today we went camel riding! I named my camel Cammy, Malcolm’s was Deirdre, Dale’s was Marumba, Mom’s was Nero, and Dad’s was Pete.
    Camel riding really hurts your legs and butt, but it was fun. We didn’t go very far on them, but it felt like a long time since it was so hot 🥵! We stopped at three places along the way. There was the Siq, which was a narrow rock passageway, with supposedly super old drawings and writing on the wall and small pools of water! The next place was a big sand dune, that we walked up (🥵😓🥵) and it had a cool view. The last stop was a little bridge on some high rocks (but the kids were too tired to go). The camels were expensive, but a good experience.
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  • Day251

    Wadi Rum...It's like living on Mars

    May 6 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Actually “The Martian” and many other Hollywood movies were filmed here. We stayed in a tent in a Bedouin camp underneath the starriest sky I have ever seen. Exploring around the camp had to take place before 10am and after 4pm because the heat was incredible. Each of us had no trouble drinking more than two litres of water every day.Read more

  • Day248


    May 3 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Today was our first day exploring Petra, an ancient Nabatean city built from first century BC. An 8 am start meant that we practically had the place to ourselves for the first 2 hours. It is an incredible place to behold and explore - especially if you like rocks (which I do!). Even our children found it pretty “cool” (though it did get pretty hot)...Read more

  • Day248

    Cats in Petra!!!

    May 3 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    As you know, we have been in Petra for the last two days, but there are some friends we met that we didn’t display yet! In the ancient city of Petra, there are quite a few kitty cats! Some were friendly, some not. Once, we stopped for a chocolate bar and tang break, some kitties ran up to us, to try to get some chocolate. Of course, we didn’t give them any, because cats can’t have chocolate, but we also had some granola bars, that we thought they could eat. We put a few crumbs of granola bar on the ground, the kitties sniffed it, and were like ‘gwoss!’. At one point, there was about six cats crowding around us! Another’s cat we met was an orange tabby cat, that we named ‘Muffin’. He was a people cat for sure! He just walked right up to us and sat down on our laps and snuggled in! The last kitty we saw was only a few days old, and we think Muffin was her daddy! The baby cat was so small, and skinny, that she was shaking!! She had one blind eye, but we thought that was maybe because she was such a fresh, new kitty. 🐈🐱😻😺
    - Chloë
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  • Day247

    At the cottage...

    May 2 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We spent the night in a cozy “Petra Cottage” outside of town. We felt quite alone in the world! Jordan is a beautiful country!

  • Day247

    We are in Jordan!

    May 2 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Hi everyone! We have just finished two flights from Kathmandu, Nepal to Sharjah, U.A.Emirates and then from Sharjah to Amman, Jordan. It has been a long journey and all of the kids IPads died during the flight so we didn’t have anything to entertain us and it was not very pleasant near the end! I can’t believe we are going to be back in Canada in less than 50 days! Talk to you all soon! Malcolm🤩🥳💩👌😋😎😼😛😝🙃😺😆👍😇😍😁😃😱😬💩💩💩💩💩🤡🤡🤡👹👺🤖👽Read more