At Home in the World

At Home in the World

Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe : An Adventure Across 4 Continents With 3 Kids, 1 Husband, and 5 Backpacks

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"As Tsh Oxenreider, author of Notes From a Blue Bike, chronicles her family's adventure around the world--seeing, smelling, and tasting the widely varying cultures along the way--she discovers what it truly means to be at home. In her late thirties and as a mom to three kids under age ten, Tsh Oxenreider and her husband decided to spend a rather ordinary nine months in an extraordinary way: traveling the corners of the earth to see, together, the places they've always wanted to explore. This book chronicles their global journey from China to Thailand to Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda, France, Croatia, and beyond, as they fill their days with train schedules, world-schooling the kids, and working from anywhere. Told with wit and candor, Oxenreider invites us on a worldwide adventure without the cost of a ticket; to discover people, places, and stories worth knowing about; to find peace in the places we call home; and to learn that, as the Thai say, in the end, we are all 'same same but different.'"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, 2017.
ISBN: 9781400205592
140020559X
Branch Call Number: 910.41 OXENREI
Characteristics: xii, 276 pages ; 22 cm

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Indoorcamping
Apr 03, 2018

I wasn't sure this was going to be a book for me as who cares about a woman who wants to travel so badly that she brings her husband and three young kids to not-typical, not kid-friendly, exhausting places, repeatedly over the course of a year?

Apparently I do. Very much. The first few pages took some adjusting and time to buy into the thesis, but once I started seeing myself in the writer, I shared this magnificent journey. You know those books where you're reading around others, and you can't help but share a passage you've just completed? Yeah, that's this book. Over and over. Because who goes to Sri Lanka with little kids? Who knows more about what a normal person would experience on one of those safaris your rich uncle took in Kenya, besides a completely normal person? With kids? Who get to celebrate their birthday in a tent with lions outside? While their little brother is face down on the dining table, drooling, exhausted?

After a while, I didn't care where she went, where she was going; all I wanted to do was be there with her. Every location was unique in the way that travel is supposed to be. Every place was magical, even the most typical of holiday places, even the ones you've read about over and over, and in my case, have lived there. It's something when a travel book gives you jet lag, you're so into it.

A beautiful journey!

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cularien
Mar 06, 2018

If Ann Voskamp wrote a travel memoir, this would be the result. A truly delightful, insightful, thought-provoking read; I found myself slowing down near the end, not wanting it to finish. I love the author's writing style and will check out her other works for sure!

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