Cenote Ik Kil, Mexico, Riviera Maya, Yucatan Peninsula, Mayan Ruins, Sinkhole, diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, traveling with kids, family travel, creating family memories
One of the stops during our guided tour with Alma’s LDS Tours was the cenote Ik Kil, even though our time was short. We spent a long time at Ek Balam and Chichen Itza with no complaints. The fascination of these ruins were too compelling to tear ourselves away, so we had just 30 minutes to spend the last...
Iceland, Christmas in Iceland, Reykjavik, Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, Strokker, Thingvillar, Iceskating, Winter Swimming, Continental Divide, diapersonaplane, Diapers on a plane, Creating Family Memories, Family Travel, Traveling with kids
Iceland is one of the most intriguing places we’ve ever been. It was unique unto itself, and the culture was fascinating. The way that the people in Iceland honor the land, and the sea, and they way that they celebrate life and respect their ancient beliefs of Norse mythology was compelling to be a part of. We were treated...
grocery shopping in japan, Life in Japan, Sora News, Traveling with Kids, Family Travel, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Japan, Asia, Diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane, grocery shopping in japan
Grocery shopping in Japan is like stepping into an alternate universe. The staples are there, bread, meat, fruit, candy, drinks, etc., but the availability of items on the island versus the mainland, and specific items that are exclusive to Japan is wholly different. Not to mention, the culture of Japan is totally ingrained into the grocery shopping rituals in...
Fjörukráin Viking Restaurant, Christmas Buffet, Christmas Market, Viking Village, Traditional Icelandic Christmas, Christmas in Iceland, skate, diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, creating family memories, family travel, traveling with kids, Christmas Village of Hafnarfjörður & Christmas Buffet at Fjörukráin Viking Restaurant
When we visit a new place, we love living as the locals do - participating in local customs, eating the native foods, walking through their neighborhoods, and everything else. When we came to Iceland for Christmas, we wanted to have an Icelandic Christmas. We wanted to eat skate on Þorláksmessa, (dish of putrefying shark), and reindeer on Christmas. We...
Philosopher's Path, Kyoto, Meditation, Artist, Trees, blooming, shrines, temples, diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane, traveling with kids, family travel
I was 9 years old the first time I read Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. This still remains one of my favorite books, no doubt in part, because it left such a lasting impression upon my young mind. The internal dilemma Raskolnikov is tormented with throughout the book is so raw and pointed. The fear, loathing, and guilt is...
Currency in Iceland, Icelandic Money, Krona, Bankers, Economy, Diapersonaplane, Diapers on a plane, creating family memories, family travel
The local currency in Iceland is the króna, kr or ISK. Similar to all Scandinavian countries which utilize a version of the krone. Króna translates to crown, a nod to declaring autonomy in 1885 by printing their own banknotes, and ultimately gaining independence from Denmark in 1918.  Iceland is no stranger to the trouble with its currency. From its long...
Japan, Asia, Shower, Japanese Shower, Traveling with kids, family travel, diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane
The Japanese don’t shower per se, they rinse off and then they soak. This cultural norm dates back to the days of public baths, or onsen, which still exist. Due to the fact that the typical body frame of a Japanese person is small - not just thin, but shorter, accordingly tubs in Japan are tall and deep, but...
Dos Ojos, Cenote, Mexico, Cancun, Mexican Riviera, Swimming, Family Adventure, diapers on a plane, diapersonaplane, creating family memories, family travel, traveling with kids, cenotes in Mexico, cenotes for families,
Near Tulum was Dos Ojos, the cenote with two eyes. We wasted the day lazily away at Tulum, enjoying every minute soaking up the historical scenery, architecture and powerful location of the most important trade post in the Mayan civilization of the 13th century and didn’t want to stop swimming in the shadow of El Castillo. Who could blame...
Northern Lights, Viewing the Northern Lights in Norway, Seeing the Northern Lights as a Family, Norway, Kirkenes, Russian Border, Family Adventure, Diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, creating family memories, misadventures of a standby traveling family, family travel, traveling with kids
When we settled on chasing the Northern Lights in Norway for our Christmas celebrations we took a lot of time to prepare. Even frantically so. We read about using our camera, seeking them out, where to go, how to go, when to go, including seeing them at Christmas, how to dress, how the weather affected chances of seeing them,...
5 Steps To Using An Asian Squat Toilet, squatty potty, squat toilet, japan, traveling with kids, family travel, diapers on a plane, diapersonaplane
Asian toilets are similar to Western toilets, but you can't sit on them. Yes, the main difference is they are set in the ground, not above ground. You do not sit on the toilet. That means, of course, you squat over them to eliminate, while balancing, the entire time. Most larger populated Asian cities have western toilets, but there...

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