Monday, November 3, 2008

Super Cool Uncle

This is about my only brother. He is 4 years younger than me and has been traveling the world for the last 4 years. He lived in Prauge in the Czech Republic for a couple years and only came home for Christmas. He has traveled all over Europe and educated himself by immersing himself into the cultures where ever he is. Most recently he has been to India, Cambodia and Malasia. He never stays in hotels. Hell, he never even makes reservations before he goes. He just hops on a plane and when he lands he goes off to find a place to stay, usually with the locals. He has even inspired our step-sister and cousins into traveling. Of course, none of them have any kids. LOL! Almost all been to Thailand and one cousin is now in Veitnam. I know there are more places, and when he gets back this Christmas I am getting a huge world map to hang on the Kids wall and start pinning where his Uncle has been. The Kid loves to hear and learn about different countries he has been.
Not quite sure where he is now. When the Kid slept over my mom's last week they got to talk and see each other on Skype on the computer. My mom got a camera for the computer just to see him. It was the highlight of the Kid's week!

I believe these pictures are in Malasia or Cambodia. I am so jealous. Tigers are my favorite animal and he got to pet them!

I also have a picture somewhere of him riding an elephant in India...but I'm not sure where that one is right now.
I am in awe of them and how they get to visit all these places and learn about cultures outside our little bubble that we live here in the US. Things are so different. It is so educational. I would love to travel. I only traveled out of the country 3 times in my life. Two were Spring Break trips, one to Cancun and the other was the furthest. A few friends and I went to Tenerife, a Canary Island with a day stop over in Madrid, Spain. That was an amazing trip. And the third was my honeymoon 5 1/2 years ago to St. Lucia. But we stayed at a Sandals, not quite roughing it.
Now our biggest trip we take is our yearly visit to Florida to the grandparents and an occational stop at the House of Mouse.

But I would never trade these guys in for all the traveling in the world. They have a very cool Uncle that brings back cool stuff and stories from all over the world for them.

Miss you Uncle D! Can't wait for you to meet your newest nephew!


AndreAnna said...

I can't wait until the kids are old enough to enjoy and respect traveling!

CPA Mom said...

that IS super cool! How awesome is that? but I agree, the trade off would not be worth it for me...

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

I think that is an amazing experience. But, I've traveled and now I'm happy to be a mom.

Sherry said...

Well you do have an interesting and handsome brother there, and worldly too that's great.
I love the map idea for your boys to follow his travels, so educational and intersting for them , well for everyone actually.