Globetrotting Dad: Ish’s 100 days

I’ve learned a lot in the last 100 days.

The back streets of Shanghai

The back streets of Shanghai

1. Living in Close Quarters for a year can be tough but  not as difficult as living with 8 other families in a 1600 square foot home for the rest of your life. That’s what we  saw in a village in China. No one was complaining and neighbours got along and looked forward to making dinner together.

water taps

Shared water but individual bills mean neighbours are protective of their taps. Good neighbours don't steal their neighbours water.

2.  Old friends are great but you have to make room for new friends in life.  This trip has given us the opportunity to make new friends like Diego in Argentina (who showed us around his country and took us into his home) and Bruce in China who taught the boys how to count to ten in Mandarin and showed us a side of China most foreigners might never experience.

Muslim walk

Bruce took us deep into the Muslim Quarter and beyond the typical tour.

3.  Time is short.  It’s been 100 days and this trip is everything I dreamt of  and more. It makes you realize the importance of family. It makes you change the way you interact with your wife and children . It makes you appreciate the big and little things. You realize the time that you have with your family is not long at all and you take the time to enjoy it. It’s the one thing we all wish we had more of.

family ride

Time with the family in Yangshuo

I’m looking forward to what the next few months have in store. Thailand, Cambodia and more will probably have many other lessons for us all.

 

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  • Yangshuowanyi October 7, 2011, 8:52 AM

    please show us more photoes of  yangshuo.

  • Jennifer October 7, 2011, 9:05 AM

    The tape on the pipes crack me  up!

  • Wag53 October 7, 2011, 9:20 AM

    That’s what I am talking  about and that’s what it is  all about.
    I am  so  pleased  and happy  for  you.

  • Kathy Buckworth October 7, 2011, 9:54 AM

    Ish! The latest writer in the Davis family. Nicely done. You know you still have to get Heather a real present, right?

  • Mjcarey October 7, 2011, 12:59 PM

    inspiring message – live in the moment!

  • Jane October 7, 2011, 4:11 PM

    Hi Ish,
    I can’t believe that I finally checked on your travels and it was the day of your 100 days post.
    Time flies – enjoy!
    Jane (aka Agent 99)

  • Ish October 8, 2011, 1:04 AM

    That’s high tech equipment they are using! ;) 

  • Ish October 8, 2011, 1:04 AM

    KB, I can always count on you to remind me lol

  • Ish October 8, 2011, 1:05 AM

    We are doing our best.

  • Ish October 8, 2011, 1:05 AM

    Agent 99, thanks for checking in.We are having an amazing time and time is surely flying.

  • Ish October 8, 2011, 1:05 AM

    Wan, more picture are on the way!

  • Yangshuowanyi October 8, 2011, 8:45 AM

    dear china travellers:
    i am an English speaking guide .i am wan,i come from yangshuo in china .if you wish to see the best of yangshuo area(guilin,longsheng dragon bon’s rice terrace ,sanjiang wind and rain bridge …).i will be delighted to guide you and to arrange you stay in china.
    my contact is : e-mail :yangshuowanyi88@yahoo.com.cn  
    my website:www.wanyangshuo.wordpress.com
    phone number: +86 159 7736 1716
    regards
    wan

  • Yangshuowanyi October 8, 2011, 8:45 AM

    dear china travellers:
    i am an English speaking guide .i am wan,i come from yangshuo in china .if you wish to see the best of yangshuo area(guilin,longsheng dragon bon’s rice terrace ,sanjiang wind and rain bridge …).i will be delighted to guide you and to arrange you stay in china.
    my contact is : e-mail :yangshuowanyi88@yahoo.com.cn  
    my website:www.wanyangshuo.wordpress.com
    phone number: +86 159 7736 1716
    regards
    wan

  • Yangshuowanyi October 8, 2011, 8:49 AM

    please share  photo “Time with the family in Yangshuo”.i was their guide  in yangshuo.

  • Jen October 12, 2011, 8:23 PM

    Hi Ish,
    I’m glad to hear that you guys enjoyed China.  Now you can understand my feelings about the Chinese.  China is a beautiful country and the people are the most hospitable people I’ve ever met.  The people make the long journey well worth it.  Enjoy the rest of your travels.  I can’t wait to read about your next journey.

  • Yangshuowanyi November 29, 2011, 7:27 AM

    how is your family trip going?

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