Ndjerareou Journey

@RailEurope Instagram Challenge #PPDeparture

It all started with an overnight train from Nairobi, Kenya to Mombasa. Our missionary parents went all out with a sleeper car and white gloved diner service knowing it was a trip of a lifetime. Waking to gazelles and zebra as the train lurched and glided into the port city was like being given the keys to unlock a storybook wonderland.
The London Underground, Parisian Metro, the Trans-Siberian Railroad, Chicago El even AmTrak, trains are one of my favorite tools in a travelers arsenal. A map, a paper ticket or a plastic token and you can maneuver through the most daunting territory all while rubbing shoulders with the locals.

At 15, an FFA student- exchange took me to Siberia Russia. We hopped a train from Irkutsk to Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Carrying nothing but a backpack, a pocket dictionary and the faith that my host sister would feed me, lead me and return me the lumbering giant took us deep into the heart of Russia. Using the tracks as our path we trekked 3 km into no where with only wooden huts and telephone lines to mark the miles. Safe and solitary we lived off of rye bread, tea, canned food and back fat. The innocence of the experience is something I’ll treasure.

At 20, a computer glitch in Heathrow cancelled my direct flight from London to Odessa, Ukraine where our group was teaching English. Hoping a flight from Frankfurt to Krakow and then a two different trains took us from Poland to the Black Sea. We saw Eastern Europe fly by and arrived weary but grateful in time to greet our students.

This past year I discovered I still had my train skills as we took on Bangkok’s seamless Skytrain. Gaining my bearings in a city like Bangkok is like learning to breathe under water. The air conditioning and punctual nature of the trains helps. So did Nate carrying Isaac and stroller up two flights of stairs multiple times a day without complaint. In thanks, I stayed in with the littles one day while Nate and friends took the night train from the historic Hua Hin train station into Bangkok.

In the mood for your own train adventure. Passion Passport.com is teaming up with @RailEurope for an Instagram Challenge. The prize a $500 Rail Europe ticket! All my travels and I’ve never had a Euro Rail pass. Might be time to break out the map again! Come along with me! #PPDeparture

Some day I’ll tell you about the night I slept under a tractor in Russia because my host sister was kidnapped by the local mafia but that’s another story. . .

#neverstopadventuring

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The child of missionary parents, writing became a natural was to process my adventures across the world.

Ndjerareou means 'he who builds the road in Ngambai, Nate's tribal language spoken in Chad, Africa.

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  • "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." -Mark Twain
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  • Not all who wander are lost. . .  in the brilliant words of J.R.R Tolkien. Sometimes we’re at home restlessly wondering, floundering, worrying if we’ll ever wander again? The time in-between adventures can be the most desolate for this mama. I struggle through the hum-drum details of a daily routine.  Auto-pilot is the danger here. I adore my family, friends and home but my nomadic heart can get lost in the daily grind.
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Thankfully, when my heart needs a taste of adventure I can wander as far as my local ethnic market. Thai, Indian, Nigerian, their colors, tools, meats, vegetables and spices can enliven any after school doldrums.  My kids get to wander the aisles and practice cultural sensitivity (Yes, it smells intense but this is the food of their culture, how do you think hot dogs seem to them?) and explore drinks, fruit or sweet treats.
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As a bonus, our finds become hospitable moments and ways to invite our friends and family into our adventures.
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Baking is typically too technical for me. I'm a pinch of this and a swirl of that kind of a cook. I love things you make on the stove top but I love trying to make foods from all over the world even more. .
My daughter loves to bake and was thumbing through my new Julia Child's, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. These Palmiers were her idea and I absolutely adore them. It helps that they can be made savory or sweet depending on what you mix into the pastry dough. .
Mastering a few flexible recipes goes very far in my book and I think Julia would agree. Next time we'll add goat cheese and pesto!! .
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  • Our time in France is being featured at Inside A Travelers Walls on @worldtowning blog this morning. Jessica & the family use this space to highlight different forms of global living in the hopes of inspiring your next adventure. If you're curious about a home exchange take a second to check out the link in profile.
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I've been encouraged by the Sueiro family as the share an honest take on living abroad everything from medical needs to making friends. They've turned their wandering passion into a service and support for other families or individuals who aspire to live deeper in the world. . .
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  • "I wanted to sink into the unpredictability of a cross-cultural life, yes, but I also wanted a bona-fide home. This was a season of refinement, of acknowledging there were multiple sides to me that were equally true. .
I was infected with an incurable sense of wanderlust, but I was also a homebody. I matured into adulthood when I acknowledged this truth." -Tsh Oxenrider  At Home in the World
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I knew I couldn't pick up this book, even though it was constantly recommended to me, until I was on my own adventure. Otherwise my heart would blacken with jealousy and I wouldn't give Tsh the credit she's due.  So I stuck it on my Kindle only opening it while safely spending the summer in the south of France and let her words play with my concept of home. .
Personally, I've discovered the word home is synonymous with hospitality. I don't have to have a large or fancy space but the minute our family opens our doors in whatever context we're in then I'm truly at home. Sharing our table, home, city is an important part of our daily living and so why would it be different from our adventuring? .
What's at the core of how you interact with the world? Experiencing Nature? Knowledge? Food? Beauty?
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