It all started over a lovely dinner with friends before our family left home for Asia. Sitting around the dinner table, sipping wine and drinking beer, we started to discuss the possibility of having the two families we were dining with come to travel with us in Asia. That seed of an idea sprouted and the two other families solidified their plans, talked to bosses and partners, figured out the time off work and funding, and bought tickets to Bangkok!
The B family (who has their own blog, BackwoodsMama) will be with us for one month. The W. family will be with us for two months. So for the rest of our time in Asia we will be in good company!
We welcomed our very good friends to Thailand yesterday. Mike met them in the wee hours of the morning at the airport and arranged two taxis to get to the hotel we had booked for them. With no early check in available the 13 of us huddled up in our one hotel room giving hugs, and discussing the journey. Mike and I had groceries on the ready and we had a self catered breakfast. We had an easy first day with a bit of exploring and shopping and our friends had a very early bed time as they are recovering from their jet lag.
We are all homeschooling families who have a very strong relationship with each other. My hope for this trip is that we will inevitably be drawn closer together as friends. Our children will learn together, learn from each other, and experience a journey together that will be truly amazing. In our first month we plan to show our friends “our city” Chiang Mai and then head to the beach for a few weeks. In our second month with the W. family the tentative plan is to explore Vietnam together.