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For the love of travel May 10, 2012

Filed under: Culture,Travel — Michelle @ 7:00 am
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I love travel. I know I say it (too) often, but it is such a part of who I am. We’re nurturing this love in our kids too. This summer, we will be going to South Africa to spend time with our family. We are also planning one week in Botswana – I can’t wait to see the Okavango Delta – and we are watching videos about Botswana together to prepare for our visit.

The photo above was taken in San Cristóbal de las Casas, in Chiapas, Mexico, when we lived there in 2010 and attended a language school. The woman was carrying a heavy load, and I sensed she has a hard life, one we can’t even imagine.

When traveling, I love to eat the local food. New foods, new flavors, new smells: it all adds up to a “new way of seeing things” for me. And I love it.

What do you love about travel?


Where is your home? June 4, 2010

Filed under: Travel — Michelle @ 3:37 pm
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San Cristobal de Las Casas

Our new temporary hometown

As we’re settling into our apartment in San Cristobal de Las Casas, our home for the next 3 months, I’ve been thinking about what is home for me. Is it a physical place where you store your stuff, or a place where you feel at home, or the place where you are at the moment with your loved ones?

I’m reading The Lost Girls, the book of 3 friends traveling over 4 continents in one year. Here is what Holly writes:
If home is truly where the heart is, as the old saying goes, what did that mean for me? Is home a physical place, a familiar spot where you can stay in your PJs until noon and eat peanut butter straight from the jar? Or is it more of a feeling, like knowing where to find safety in an unpredictable world?

Where is your home?


Travel, inspiration, adventure! May 22, 2010

Filed under: Travel — Michelle @ 8:12 am
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Dear MotherTongues friends,

My husband Jaco has a sabbatical starting the end of this month, for a whole semester. We’re using the time to travel, recharge, explore, and learn new skills. Exactly a week from today (yikes!), we’re leaving for Chiapas, Mexico. All 4 of us in the family will attend a Spanish language school. I haven’t tried to learn a new language since elementary school, so it will be interesting!

September we’ll be back home to check on our house & cat, figure out what we need to do with the kid’s schooling for the semester, and repack, before we’re off to Africa. Jaco will teach in Lusaka, Zambia for a month, and then we’ll visit family in South Africa to return the beginning of January.

MotherTongues will stay open for business: I will have email access everywhere, and a friend of mine, Melissa, will do all the shipping from here in Holland. It may take a day or two longer than usual for packages to get out, but don’t worry, it will ship!

I’m looking forward to our 6 months of family adventure: the experience of living in 2 different countries where I don’t speak the language (yet); to be open to new ideas; to discover new favorite foods; to see how our kids adapt to new sights & sounds & smells & tastes. And I’m sure I’ll be inspired to create many new designs and products for MotherTongues 🙂

Please keep in contact via email and the MotherTongues Facebook page, I’ll be posting from Mexico.

Hasta la vista!


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