Stellography

[stel-og-ruh-fee] noun

1. the art of being the star that you are

2. living your dreams

Origin: 2013; from Latin stella- + Greek -graphia

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A Kiwi family of 7 on a mission to lead an extraordinary life exploring our world.
Here is where we share our adventures, thoughts, and life.
Black and white female kitten that we hand-fed

To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.

Bill Bryson
  • Osmanthus Gardens, Hastings
    Happy Year of the Horse!
  • German flag
    To Germany and beyond (in Buzz Lightyear voice)
  • Waipawa River looking westward
    Enjoying a wade in the river
  • Lone Star restaurant and Art Deco accommodation
    Marine Parade II
  • The Tonka truck and chocolate cars decorating the top of our cake
    Class 2 and a Tonka toy
  • Seagull atop an old concrete retaining block on foreshore
    Spriggs park & playground
  • Extra virgin olive oil and rice bran oil
    Running a diesel vehicle on waste veggie oil
  • Heavy vehicle road code and application
    Driver's theory tests

Our initial goal was to live in Germany for a year or two.  Then we scaled that back to slow-travel New Zealand first (so we might be able to adjust more easily to a different lifestyle, and work on developing a patchwork of income).

 

After several years, that wasn't happening so we came full circle and threw everything into a once-in-a-lifetime O.E. (overseas experience) starting and ending in Germany and aiming to see a few other European countries in between, drawing on all of our life savings to do so.

 

Initially we thought we'd document in a diary-like form what activities we did as we travelled and include our own helpful family advice, but incredibly limited mobile data put paid to that idea.  So now we are in the middle of overhauling our website to offer more on the 'bigger picture' of travelling in Europe on a budget and with family.

 

It has certainly been an experience and an adventure; at times a seemingly insurmountable challenge but with a few special bits in between.  It's not quite over yet either.