Happy Holidays from the EskoBares|
What a whirlwind 2012 has been for Dan and I...
We began the year living in Mexico, where we watched whales and dolphins play in the surf and ate hand-made tamales or fish tacos for lunch. We enjoyed our Rosarito home and the wonderful friends we met there. It is such a lovely area with a wide variety of activities. Oh Rosarito we miss you!!
Although we had lots of fun while living in Rosarito, our main focus was getting a travel business started. Dan and I spent nearly 12 years abroad and have visited 70 countries, so we have loads of advice. We want to share our travel tips and inspire others to visit some of the amazing places we have discovered around the world. To do this, we spent the first half of the year working on incorporating a company, Flashpacker Inc, and getting a business plan put together.
In July, we left Rosarito and returned to the States with the plan of visiting family before going to Thailand (where we lived in 2011) to focus on our new travel company. Unfortunately, the day we crossed the border, Dan’s mother took ill and went into hospital. Betty battled cancer for more than three years, but this time it over took her. Luckily, Dan reached Michigan in time to talk to her and be with her when she passed away. Betty died peacefully the morning of her 72nd birthday.
Our plans swiftly changed as family took precedence to business. Dan spent seven weeks in Michigan handling paperwork, seeing extended family and spending many days reminiscing about his wonderful Mother. I spent time in Seattle with my family and friends. For me, a highlight was my 25-year High School Reunion. Time flies but friendships remain. It was great to see my fellow Shorecrest Highlanders.
When I joined Dan in Michigan, we were lucky to get to meet up with our friends Scott & Karla. They spent three months tandem bicycle riding across the USA – from Washington State to Maine. They just happened to be riding through Michigan when we were there. It was wonderful to meet up with them and spend a few nights telling stories and tasting wine around the campfire!
In September, we did an epic drive of 4121 miles (6632 kilometres). We went from Michigan to Oregon via Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho & Washington State. Along the way we saw family and friends plus some amazing sites. Highlights included: the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Needles drive in Custer State Park, the Mammoth dig, Yellowstone National Park & the city of Missoula (a very cool place). I also did a wee side trip home in the middle to go to the Puyallup Fair with my folks. Special mention goes to the day we spent in ESKO, Minnesota. Yes, I was queen for the day as we toured around “My” town. We even got some Esko clothing from Esko high school home of the Eskomos.
When we finally reached Portland we were exhausted... and then we were hit with the biggest change of the year. After nearly 12 years abroad, we decided to return to living in the States. We just need to be in the US for a bit to handle family business, regroup on our travel company and to empty out our storage unit. It has been strange moving “home” especially since we went from living out of backpacks to filling a house with “stuff”. It has been liberating and energizing to toss out many items that we had stored for too long. It has also been fun to uncover old photos and other memorabilia. Plus we have finally been able to use our wedding china – which went into storage mostly unused since we left the States just four months after we were married.
This year has not gone as we expected, but we are doing our best to embrace change and move forward in a positive way. We put Flashpacker Inc on hold, but we will re-focus on it in the new year. We have great plans for our travel inspiration business so watch for its emergence in 2013. For us, this next year will also be about continuing to down size and spending quality time with family and friends.
We moved to Vancouver, Washington which is a suburb of Portland, Oregon (where we lived before leaving the States in 2001). If you are in the area, please look us up. We have a guest room and after being home-hosted around the world, we want to return the hospitality. So come visit us!
Cheers to the New Year,
From Shyla (and Dan too)
Shyla & Dan Bare
WELCOME TO THE ESKOBARE WEBSITE ON TANTALIZING THAILAND|
Hello, you have reached the website of Dan and Shyla, collectively known as the EskoBares. We are regular people who quit our day jobs, sold our house, and became WORLD TRAVELLERS EXTRAORDINAIRE.
We spent six years flashpacking round-the-world to 69 countries on the most amazing awesome trip imaginable. We’ve crossed the Sahara desert by camel, slept in Gers in Mongolia, touched the Taj, ate more weird food than fits on this page, and are still in absolute awe of this incredible world we share.
After travelling for so long, we decided to live in Thailand for a year. Thailand is a tantalizing country filled with tropical beauty, shimmering wats, saffron-robed monks, chilli-filled curries, endangered elephants and thriving markets. We visited this alluring country as part of our round-the-world trip back in 2008. When we were contemplating a place in which to "settle down" for a year, we could think of no where better since Thailand is intoxicating, vibrant, dynamic, affordable, beautiful and, as we have said, tantalizing!
This websites shares are adventures while living in Chiang Mai. We hope you find the stories and photos enlightening and entertaining. There are many different ways to live in the world and although we miss some of the comforts of the USA, we love learning how other cultures live, thrive and prosper.
If you would like to know more about our backgrounds then click on the "about us" link on the left. And if you would like to see our round-the-world travel itineraries, read a few stories or see some photos of our adventures during the last five years then there are also links on the left for each year under "previous adventures."
If you are a fellow traveller, don't miss the "our reviews" section. There we have listed restaurants, accommodation and tour agents from round-the-world. So you can find out where the best Mexican restaurant in Malaysia is. Or the names of our favourite world-wide backpackers (one is in Costa Rica and one in Chile.) There is also a posting for a day-tour in New Zealand that involves rappelling, rafting in a cave, & rock climbing - fantastic. And, of course we will post all of the hidden gems we find through living in Chiang Mai!
In Chiang Mai you can ride elephants, see hill-tribe people, visit over 300 sparkling wats, shop at local markets, take cooking / massage / meditation courses or simply hang with us. It is all good and everyone is welcome.
Hope you all enjoy our website. Don't forget to sign our guestbook. We love hearing from family, friends and fellow travellers.
And this year... we have an amazing travel journey coming up... that could include you! Stay tuned for more info.
Cheers from TANTALIZING THAILAND,
Dan and Shyla
We now live on MAIN STREET, USA. It is in Vancouver, WA -- a subburb of Portland. Love being in the center of town and in walking distance of coffee shops, antique stores, parks, libraires, and more.
Last updt: 22 Jul 2013