Oh, the places you’ll go!

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This is a blog dedicated to the adventures of Tash, Ang and Roo and the places they go. The title takes it’s inspiration from the Dr Seuss book by the same name ((c)1957), and particularly the following passage:

You’ll get mixed up, of course,

as you already know.

You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.

Be sure when you step.

Step with care and great tact

and remember that Life’s

a Great Balancing Act.

Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.

And never mix up your right foot with your left.

On the occasion of this blog’s inauguration, we are on our way to Cambodia, via Thailand, for six months. Our Great Balancing Act is to save enough money to enable us to spend time together like thisand write fiction. I’ll be working on my second novel, Roo’s writing on his first, and chances are Tash will be gathering material for when she starts writing, too.

Andrew, Angkor WatRoo and I first visited Cambodia in late-1992; these photos were taken at the magnificent monuments of Angkor Wat and the Bayon, which we virtually had to ourselves back then. The country was under the control of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), the Khmer Rouge were fighting a protracted civil war against the Hun Sen government, and the economy was an unsettling mix of fast money and entrenched poverty.

UNTAC is no more, nor the Khmer Rouge, though Hen Sen is still in government and I suspect the economy is much the same. As for me and Roo, despite the sobering influence of our exquisite if somewhat bossy daughter, we might be older but we’re still keen to ‘get mixed up with many strange birds’, to quote Dr Seuss. Perhaps we’re crazy taking off for six months in SE Asia with a two-year-old just in time for the hot season then the monsoon.

But as they say, when you get older it’s not what you did that you regret, it’s what you didn’t do.

Bayon 1992(Does anyone know where this saying originated? Was it really with Grace Slick, ex-Jefferson Airplane?)

And so we’re off…

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6 Responses to “Oh, the places you’ll go!”

  1. sooz Says:

    Ahoy.
    Enjoy.

  2. GadgetMan Says:

    Hey dudes, go well, go safely, have a ball!! Miss you already.

    (Journalist Sydney Harris and actor Zachary Scott both said something similar about regrets before Grace Slick was notable enough to have her pithy aphorisms immortalised…)
    Love to you all!

    D x

  3. angelasavage Says:

    Gadget Man, you really are amazing! Remind me to invite you to be on my team (again) next time I attend a really competitive trivia night. Love 2 u 2, Ang x

  4. Daniel Says:

    Sounds Classical, probably Roman.

    I miss SEA. I hope you all have a great adventure.

  5. Wendy Farrell-Whelan Says:

    “I do not like green eggs and ham!”
    I love your references to Dr.Seuss-how amazingly well they fit!!!!
    Perhaps not so amazingly at all.

    OM is talking with Michael on the phone as I write.
    Your adventures are transporting, hang on in there. Difficulties with 2 yr olds YES!!!!!

    They wantand need routine to be established, and sometimes need the physical containment of a long, strong hug and calming and reassuring words until the “Out of control” bit has passed. Michael just added – a soothing song, he always used You are my sunshine – he says that the 2yr old’s brain is ahead of her body, causing her enormous frustration.

    Our baby is a ‘rat’ and she is in China freeeezing, learning and growing and loving it all…how happy we are for her and indeed for you.
    May the force be with you three! Lots of love, Wendy and Michael xxxx

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