2017 was a different type of year for us. Our travels this year, were prioritized around visiting our parents and sons in the U.S. ~ not once, but twice.
Of course we managed to sneak in some short stops en route, to satiate our Green Global Trek travel bug.
There were milestone events for all four of our sons and we wanted to be there to both help and celebrate: Josh moved (with his girlfriend Ana)from San Francisco to Grass Valley where he bought his first home; Ezra completed his coding course and got engaged to Jessica in Portland; Oren bought the building where he (and his fiance Jess) live and renovated/moved to one of the apartments; Adam moved his home based micro greens growing business into a large professional space allowing him to significantly grow his business.
Other than our travels to the U.S. we were settling in to our life in Sri Lanka, balancing Ben’s work in the capital city of Colombo and our rural lifestyle on the Southern Coast.
2017 was an important year in terms of my (Ben) work, firming up activities in Sri Lanka along two tracks ~ providing solutions in the field of national security to the Sri Lankan government, as well as the creation of a Climate Change-related think tank.
January was about…
celebrating Chinese New Year, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
visiting the impressive museum of Islamic Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
February was about…
stopping for dim sum and reflexology in Hong Kong,
expanding our understanding of what Hong Kong has to offer as a city, thanks to the easy subway system,
hiking Dragon’s Back, and by so doing expanding our knowledge of Hong Kong,
creating space (mental and physical) is always a priority for Peta
then, returning to Bali, Indonesia ~ enjoying the always mesmerizing rice paddies,
staying healthy with the plethora of natural organic raw vegan food of Bali.
March was about…
seeing all 4 of our sons, starting in Chicago with Adam and Oren,
being there when Adam’s organic urban farming business shifted gear from a home based business to a professional, larger urban space,
brunching with Oren & Jess in Chicago,
enjoying time with dearest long time friends Sharon and Aaron, in Chicago,
luxuriating at JB’s house (Ben’s mom) in Beverly Hills
meeting up with Ezra, who came from Portland to L.A. for a sweet reunion,
storytelling with Chantal (Ben’s sister) in L.A.
catching up with Sophie (Ben’s sister) in L.A.
reuniting with Josh & Ana for a lovely time together in San Francisco
walking though the canyon forest with Josh and McGrupp (San Francisco),
April was about…
resettling back into our lives in Sri Lanka,
celebrating Peta’s birthday with an explorations of Sri Lankan Southern beaches getaway,
enjoying the tranquility of the Southern coast,
watching the sun set as often as possible,
adding depth to our exposure to Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
May was about…
walking through the rice paddies in our immediate neighborhood. Wild peacocks included…
discovering new nearby beaches and dramatic coastal vistas,
delighting in a visit from our lovely friend Kari, whom we first met years back in Nicaragua.
making new and fabulous (Australian) friends, Wally and Mike who are a constant source of delight,
meeting and making friends the lovely Tess, fellow South African, in Sri Lanka for a year,
June was about…
celebrating the arrival of baby Jaia into the world…We spent a month in Viet Nam together early in Brook’s pregnancy and then travelled together to Sri Lanka. Our friendship began years ago in Nicaragua and we have had sweet reunions in Mumbai, Chicago, Puerto Rico… Sweet little Jaia waving hello, we miss you both,
July was about…
taking advantage of the fact that Sri Lanka has so many national parks where elephants roam free,
absorbing and appreciating the serenity of nature around us, in our little jungle nest,
getting unexpected surprises… such as a cow munching my basil leaves right in our garden,
loving our outdoor shower accompanied by birdsongs, sunlight and sometimes monkeys in the trees overhead,
cooking with our friend Bandu,
introducing Sri Lankan curries into our kitchen with Nilu.
August was about..
visiting the family for the second time in 2017, starting with the Los Angeles contingent. Ben and his mom, Jacqueline (aka Madame Bell),
celebrating Ezra’s engagement to Jessica, in L.A.,
visiting Josh and Ana in their lovely forest setting new home in Grass Valley California,
discovering Nevada City with Josh and Ana,
meeting Ana’s parents, Salvador and Claudia, made the trip extra special,
sharing an easy warm connection with Claudia, Ana’s lovely mom,
relishing time with Peta’s mom and dad in Chicago,
enjoying family get togethers with Peta’s sister Dina and her fiance Mike,
proudly watching Adam’s business blossom ~ at the farmers market, where he sells his organic micro greens and incorporates them into delicious grain and salad bowls, in addition to selling greens directly to top restaurants in Chicago.
loving every moment with my sons, Oren and Adam,
September was about…
celebrating Rosh Hashana (Jewish new year) with Peta’s parents and her 3 sons all together ( a rare event),
chilling with Josh and Adam
chilling on a rooftop in Chicago with my sis Dina,
surprising visit with Lois & Chris from Cincinnati, good friends over many decades, with Amanda their daughter from Costa Rica, so much fun, (Chicago)
October was about…
eating an obscene amount of croissants in Paris, where we are visiting Peta’s niece, Shani,
stopping in Paris en route back to Sri Lanka, to check in on Shani (who is on a semester abroad)
picnicking in Paris ~ always a treat… (and introducing Shani to various types of French cheeses),
revisiting Monet’s spectacular waterlilies at the Musee De L’Orangerie, near the Tuilleries,
November was about…
raining, raining and more rain.. monsoon season in Sri Lanka. Getting caught in a rain storm,
walking to temples in our neighborhood,
welcoming Andrea to Sri Lanka ~ we all met a few years back, while standing in line at Madrid airport, and invited Andrea to join us for a few days at our home exchange in Marrakech, and a friendship began.
December was about…
delighting in the visit from the first of our family to Sri Lanka ~ Oren and his fiance Jess
climbing the hundreds of stairs to see the Buddhist caves on the Southern coast
driving in a jeep on safari in Yala, the largest most famous national park in Sri Lanka. And remarkably, we actually saw a leopard,
bringing in the new year with warmth, love and good vibes to everyone for 2018 xoxo
catching stilt fishermen at sunset in classic Sri Lankan style,
A very special thanks to all of you who read our blog, Green Global Trek and who follow our adventures. To those of you who have delighted us all year long, with your comments and feedback, an extra hug of thanks and our sincere appreciation!
Ben & Peta