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I was born in Eeklo, Belgium, on June 29th, 1964. In 1988 I decided it was time to move to ‘the big city’, so I left Eeklo for Gent – a whopping 20 km away! Mind you, most Belgians perceive distance slightly different from the rest of the world; it is after all a rather tiny country. Three years later, in 1991, I left Gent to go to London to live and work; for about 2 years. Or at least that was the initial plan. But fate had something else in store for me… On my way to London I met a Kiwi called Stephen…

 

I was born in Cambridge, New Zealand in 1967. At age 10, I left New Zealand with my parents to go and live in Perth, Australia. And then at age 18, returned from Aussie to complete University in Auckland New Zealand. England beckoned, and the travel adventures started in earnest. In 1991, on my way from London to a jazz festival in Belgium, I met Caroline..

 

We became good friends. In 1992 we traveled to Africa together and on returning to London in 1993 we moved in together. In 1996 – Caroline had been in London for about 4.5 years, Stephen for 5 years – we packed all our worldly possessions in 13 boxes and a poster roll and moved to Sydney, Australia. Before settling in Sydney, where we eventually bought a home, we spent 4 months in Perth. New horizons and opportunities beckoned again in 2000 when we sold our home and moved to San Francisco. This time we filled half a container. A few weeks after arriving in the US we got married in Las Vegas. We have been in San Francisco ever since; it became our home and we love it there!.

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City Trips
Cubao, Manila
December 9, 2017

Tuesday to Saturday, December 4-9, 2017 A short work trip and first time in the Philippines for us both. Caroline got to catch up with a friend and Stephen got to work. Did a little exploring to get a feel for the place. I think we will be back.          

Trinidad de Cuba. November 12, 2017.
November 19, 2017

Located in the province of Sancti Spíritus, in Central Cuba, is the perfectly preserved Spanish outpost of Trinidad, famous for its colonial old town and cobblestone streets. It was founded in the early 16th century in honor of the Holy Trinity and was a bridgehead for the conquest of the American continent. Its neo-baroque main […]

Goodbye Beautiful Cuba! November 18, 2017.
November 18, 2017

We are sailing out of Santiago de Cuba at the time of writing. I do not believe I have ever felt so emotional when leaving a country. Beautiful Cuba: you and your people gave us a very warm welcome. I fell fortunate to have been able to see not only breathtaking Havana, but also Cienfuegos, […]

Cienfuegos, Cuba. 13 November, 2017.
November 14, 2017

On November 12 at 8:00 The World anchored at Cienfuegos, a city on Bahía de Cienfuegos, a bay on Cuba’s south coast. Known as Cuba’s ‘Pearl of the South’ ,the colonial town of Cienfuegos was founded in 1819 in the Spanish territory but was initially settled by immigrants of French origin. It became a trading […]

Belize. 7-8 November, 2017
November 12, 2017

Located on the east coast of Belize at the mouth of the Belize River, Belize City is home to the country’s largest seaport. However, a narrow channel prohibits large ships from docking. I arrived on November 7th just after noon and had arranged for a taxi to pick me up and transport me to The Great […]

Expeditions and Adventures
Welcome to our Blog!
September 22, 2017

All Blog entries can be found here   Family and Friends Stephen’s 50th Birthday on The World, 2017 Eeklo and Gent. Christmas 2015 All Family and Friends City Trips Washington DC. March 2016 Brugge, Belgium. December 2015 Austin, Texas. September 2015 All City Trips Short Trips Caroline’s European Summer Trip. August 2015 Death Valley. Thanksgiving […]

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