• Reflection,  Stories,  Travel,  Vietnam

    The Beauty of Travel

    Scotch.  Scotch.  Movie.  Talk.  Wake.  Walk.  Scotch.  My first travel experience is still so vivid (despite the scotches).   I was on  a flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, to meet my then new girlfriend (and now wife) Lisa who was on physiotherapy placement at the Bach Mai Hospital.  I was nervous, and quietly excited, that being my general manner pre-any alcoholic beverages. I didn’t have any idea what to expect. “Travel has changed me. As a person.” I can confidently say that I had little empathy of other cultures prior to this experience.  It just wasn’t important, up to that point I’d lived in country Victoria for 17 years,…

  • Family,  Myanmar,  Stories,  Travel

    Our daughter’s 1st birthday present – a ticket to ride (to Myanmar)

    Adam and I, we booked flights to Myanmar.  Issy’s first birthday crept up on us, or not so much crept but stampeded toward us like a toddler you’ve told to be quiet! As we tidied up from the aftermath of Issy’s first birthday party, we realised that although we had always said we would travel with kids, we had yet to board an international flight. “It seemed easy enough. How hard could it be?” It was time to live the statements we had made pre-children and take the plunge. We had seen it done on previous trips, the smiling families with kids asleep in their backpacks as they hiked up Sigirya…

  • Reflection,  Sri Lanka,  Stories

    What I want for my girls (and other reasons to travel…)

      Some people say 3 kids overseas is crazy.  I agree I started this post as a private reflection, but half way through realised that it was probably the perfect post to begin my contribution towards our sharing of our experiences raising our three girls and living out of Australia for a year.  There are three reasons why we have decided to take The Small Lane in 2019. Reason 1) My adult daughters Lisa and I have a plan to do something similar with our family every 10 years – allowing us to commit fully to our communities/roots in the meantime – yet still cultivating experiences that allow our family…