It’s been just over a year since we left on our sublime sabbatical with our two little girls. One year ago today, we were all in Manila picking up my step son at the airport ending his 32 hour long journey from Canada.
I can no longer say ‘We just got back’ — we have been back at home in Amsterdam as long as we were away. Enough time has passed now that we have some perspective on the trip, and enough people have asked us about the trip that we have some responses.
Learning Spanish out of a textbook? According to Clancy , you can’t learn a language without learning its culture.Clancy’s Sabbatical Story
Today on World Ocean’s Day we have donated to The Ocean Cleanup. The saddest thing we witnessed on our Family Sabbatical across SE Asia wasn’t poverty, but the heartbreaking reality of how filthy the oceans are. We went diving and snorkelling in the Philippines, Vietnam, Bali and Thailand and saw beautiful creatures surrounded by endless trash — from big pieces of styrofoam lining the coast of Vietnam to tiny plastics blanketing the west coast of Bali. It’s dear to all of our hearts, especially our young children whose best memories of our trip are all about the ocean.