Published by Thomas Nelson on April 18th 2017
As Tsh Oxenreider, author of Notes From a Blue Bike, chronicles her family’s adventure around the world—seeing, smelling, and tasting the widely varying cultures along the way—she discovers what it truly means to be at home.
In her late thirties and as a mom to three kids under age ten, Tsh Oxenreider and her husband decided to spend a rather ordinary nine months in an extraordinary way: traveling the corners of the earth to see, together, the places they’ve always wanted to explore. This book chronicles their global journey from China to Thailand to Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda, France, Croatia, and beyond, as they fill their days with train schedules, world-schooling the kids, and working from anywhere. Told with wit and candor, Oxenreider invites us on a worldwide adventure without the cost of a ticket; to discover people, places, and stories worth knowing about; to find peace in the places we call home; and to learn that, as the Thai say, in the end, we are all “same same but different.”
My wife and I have some experience crossing continents and living abroad with small children and that might be why the book didn’t resonate with us. We’ve already embraced the concept of work, school, and travel existing together instead of one or two of them pushing the others out of the realm of possibility. The thought of selling everything we own and living out of a backpack makes our heart rate faster in a good way.
That might be why this book was such a struggle to finish.
The author and her family spent the (school not full) year of travel either being exhausted because scheduling too much travel, drinking coffee, stating how expensive travel is (duh), or just “hanging with friends in exotic locations” which is the equivalent of subjecting the reader to a slideshow of boring vacation pictures.
Modern nomadic life isn’t a novelty anymore so I expected either a deeper understanding of the world or at least details on the feasibility of long term location independence with kids.
There was hardly any insight into the people or places they traveled to unless it was the people serving them in some way. If you choose to read the book don’t expect to gain any understanding about any of the countries you couldn’t gain from a travel brochure.
The author says she feels dissatisfied when she’s in America and not traveling, but also feels dissatisfied when she’s traveling and doesn’t have a home. I’m only dissatisfied with the time I spent reading this book.
This was book number 26 of 52 for 2017.