Camping with a one-year old – how we did it

May 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

We finally did it!  We went camping with our one-year old for the first time! If you’ve read the previous post about this, you’ll see that  my husband was much stressed and scared about this new adventure with our child. On my side, I must admit I was a little stressed but felt confident things would go well.  In the end, here’s what happened during our first camping trip with our one year old son. 

What’s a child’s life on a boat like

May 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

I stumbled on this blog post from Wandering Dolphin this morning.  I’ve been following theses guys for a few months now, as I’m curious about how a family decides to get out of the traditional way of living and actually live on a boat.  It’s what I’m aiming for, but stepping outside the box sometimes feels so hard and complicated.  I think it’s something we tend to overanalyze and overcomplicate because it is so out of the ordinary. If you’ve been following me on Pinterest, you’ll see I have a board called “One day, I’ll sail away”.   I would like my children to grow up in a different way.  There’s nothing wrong about growing in the suburbs and attending regular school (I know, because I was raised that way).  But just as traveling broadens your horizons, I think traveling as a child opens your mind even more.  This plan to sail away is just a plan right now, but we are setting it in motion slowly so that in a few years time, when our children are a little older, we are able to make the move. As you can see from the post, growing up on a boat looks quite appealing when you set aside society’s critical mind. A great read.  

Lessons I learned in Africa

April 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

  Everyone should engage in an oversea’s volunteering project in a third-world country at least once in their life.   I left for Soundougouba, a little village in Mali, Africa on the summer of 2005, and came back 3 months later a whole different person. At that time I was 23, on the verge of graduating from a top-tier business school and beginning a great career in Marketing.   Doing this project was so opposite from who I was, a young and ambitious capitalist college girl, yet a part of me was thrilled to stumble into a whole different world. A world where greed and money wasn’t at the center of people’s lives. For those of you who never got the opportunity to volunteer abroad, here are some of the lessons I learned during that summer where I built a microcredit program, a community garden, and spent a lot of time just “being in the moment”.     Live simply “There are 3 things in life: health, sickness, and the unexpected.”  ~ Malian proverb Life doesn’t need to be complicated.  Live simply, cultivate relationships with other people and don’t forget you really don’t need all that stuff. In my village, kids played with what they found in the trash.  Old tires, cardboards and even old pots and pans. Children there are always happy and smiling.  Does our children need the […]

Diving in Los Cabos – Baja California

September 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

***Retrieved from Archives*** First published on September 17th, 2010.   I was out of the Internet world for a couple of days lately.  I don’t want to bother you while you are working 60 hours weeks, but I went on a short vacation with my boyfriend to Los Cabos, Mexico 🙂   For those who might not now, this place is full of resorts and all-inclusive packages; it’s the American equivalent of Cuba for French Canadians.   My boyfriend and I wanted something different. So, instead of booking in an all-inclusive resort and cooking ourselves on the beach, we decided to go there and have a good time scuba diving.       We indeed had a great time, logging 6 dives in 3 days.  I would have done more scuba, but the prices were hard on our wallet!  Anyway, I got to see lots of tropical fishes, which I love: Pufferfish, Butterflyfish, Porcupinefish, Rays, Moray eels, Nudibranchs, Groupers, Boxfish, etc.  But no sharks and no sign of my favorite fish (the Redtooth Triggerfish), even if I saw it’s close family member – a small version of the Titan Triggerfish.   Weather was great: hot and sunny everyday.  And after having dived in the Monterey Bay, I was amazed by the visibility; (we had about a 60 feet visibility – 20 meters).  Almost as good as what we had in Indonesia!   […]