This is a blog about the 3 of us... Leslie, Jacob (me) and our son Vaughn (he's 9) taking some time out of our lives to travel.

We've sold our house, taken sabbaticals from work, put our belongings in a 10'x20' storage unit and are flying to Amsterdam next week to start on a fabulous six month journey.


November 29th - We’ve spent the last week laying low in a cabin just outside of Salzburg getting ready for our trip to Israel where my parents have a HUGE amount of plans for us. It’s been 2 and a half years since we’ve been there and it should be lots of fun.

Our hosts here are really great - they made us a cake when we arrived and a couple of days ago brought us some traditional Austrian pastries. We are staying in a little apartment with a view of the mountains and a kitchen where we’ve been cooking up some delicious meals. Vaughn has a new found interest in cooking and has been insisting on cooking Leslie and me dinner. He’s quite a little chopper but still needs help figuring out when the pasta is cooked.

The town of Radstadt is small - we walked through it and circled back around behind it in about 1/2 an hour. We were surprised to find a great little Bio store that sells organic groceries and even some tempeh and tofu. There’s a cafe attached and we ate a yummy meal the first day we were here.

We’ve spent some time walking around the trails in the Austrian Alps overlooking the city and tried to make our way up to the mountain to go skiing but unfortunately the lifts were closed due to heavy wind. There isn’t too much snow around which is disappointing. I guess we’ll have to wait until we get back to Portland to spend time in the snow. All-in-all, it’s been a great place to end the European part of our trip - it’s quiet and we’ve had time to regroup and store up energy for the last 2 and a half weeks in Israel and Jordan.

Vaughn and I also went to a water park (there are a lot of water parks in Europe!) that turned out to be really extensive - a wave pool, sauna rooms, optional mud treatments (we didn’t do these) and 6 or 7 hot tubs all varying degrees. The pools were all saline treated as opposed to chlorine so that was nice.

Tomorrow morning we head out to Munich and then on to Haifa…