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Tsh puts into words so well not only the page turning adventure her family took, but the simple reflections of the ordinary moments she finds herself in all over the world. "Travel has taught me the blessing of ordinariness, of rootedness and stability. It can be found anywhere on the globe. It’s courageous to walk out the front door and embrace earth’s great adventures, but the real act of courage is to return to that door, turn the knob, walk through, unpack the bags, and start the kettle for a cup of tea. In our rituals of bread making and wine tasting, tucking our kids into bed and watching stars flicker from a chair on the back patio, we are all daring to find ourselves at home, somewhere in the world."
The book paints a beautiful picture of someone who is both the traveler and homebody. That's a description that's rare and yet I believe I share it with the author. I will never grow tired of exploring new horizons, but those trips are always made sweeter by knowing I have a home to return to.
I loved reading about their adventures. Tsh is honest about their struggles with culture shock or exhaustion, but at the same she marvels at the beauty of their surroundings. It feels like they are truly present in each country, not just skipping in to see one or two touristy things.
BOTTOM LINE: I loved this one. It was everything I hoped it would be. It’s got me itching to get back out there and explore a new country soon! It's a beautiful way to see the world, with your children and your spouse hand-in-hand.
"The act of travel, the constant moving and shuffling of our bodies and backpacks, our dotted lines across the map, the simplicity of owning less to see more-these small acts are weaving our family's tapestry."
For years I've identified with her simple living message, but the heart of that particular message isn't as compelling to me as the heart behind this book: finding a place of belonging, a home in the world, as both a homebody and an adventurer.
This has been a central tension in my life for at least the last fifteen years as I have moved, traveled and adventured in North America with my family. Where do I belong? Where is home? How do I even define home? These are the questions I have wrestled with and tried to answer. Sometimes I find an answer for a season, and sometimes the answers I've found don't hold true for the long term.
I love the travel stories in this book, to experience the world through Tsh's writing but I also especially appreciate the discussion of home and how we define home, and how we find home. And my list of must-see places in the world is fast growing.
The more chapters of this book I read the more I fall in love with the world, both as a geographically diverse place and our home as humanity. I love the world and people more though reading this book. Tsh experiences make me want to travel and trust more and worry less. I want to continue to challenge myself to true new things and be open to people and experiences.
I adore this book.
I may never get the chance to take a similar trip myself, but this memoir has reminded me that wherever I do travel to I want to explore life in that place rather than check off boxes of things to do.
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