Welcome to The Long Trek Home!

Welcome to the first installment of our foray into the land of blog: The Long Trek Home.

We have just returned to Bangkok after 3.5 months of our triumphant Honeymoon / Human Rights Advocacy / Business Development / Travel Writing / Visiting Family & Friends World Tour. We made 11 stops in 8 countries and took many thousands of photos. If anyone knows of a program that automatically finds and destroys pictures that are blurry, duplicated, composed poorly or downright boring we'd be much obliged.

There's so much to share, we could fill tomes, but then that's all we'd be doing. So instead, we're hoping that our little photo-blog can offer some insight into the world of Jan & Cindy.

We are writing to you from our new home, a steamy single room down one of Bangkok's old windy lanes ("soi"), past the purveyors of everything possible - from fresh hot soya milk to pad thai to cel phone accessories to traditional sarongs that a sewer lady turned into "bed" sheet for us.

Life here is lived on the street, a real community that seems to have accepted us. Then the lady next door gave us taro chips and 'burnt candle cookies'; we gave her a folded-paper lotus flower.

But that's so present, we need to catch up on the past. Over the next little while we shall be posting highlights from our recent travels so come and check in on us as often as you can!
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July 28, 2005 7:08 p.m.

Sounds like this is going to be a great blog!    

  • Anonymous Anonymous

July 29, 2005 5:21 p.m.

How nice to here from you. I am very exiting about more news from your trip. Soon Vlad and me we will on a trip too. We are going to Ukraine to the Black See coast. I let you know how it was on the being of September. Cheers!    

  • Anonymous Monika Slotwinska

July 29, 2005 8:29 p.m.

Any way we can post topics? Of interest to the Cindy-Lou-Jan uber family of course...! (Not a menage a trois for those who don#t know Lou.)


July 29, 2005 9:32 p.m.

I really like the title of your blog...very fitting indeed. ^.^


  • Anonymous Teresa S.

July 29, 2005 11:50 p.m.

Hey you guys, don't get too cozy with that bird flu. Great to hear of your adventures and advocacy.

"Back to You, Powell River" is still kicking!

Glen and Deb

ps: I'm a virgin to this blogging biz - be kind    

  • Anonymous Anonymous

July 30, 2005 12:16 a.m.

Hi Cindy Great to hear from you.Vancouver has an epoch times too. I will see if your article is in it. Will love to hear how you and Jan are doing.Blackberry season is starting in Powell river There is a CWY reunion in Van coming up in august. I will go if I'm not up in PR watching shooting stars. hugs from Moana    

  • Anonymous Anonymous

July 30, 2005 1:32 a.m.

I am so glad to be invited to share in your web world!

I think of you both often as you're jaunting around the world. I quite idealize your lifestyle.

Please give Canadian-style wai's (aka huge hugs) to any CDD staff you run into that I worked with in the past (pi Mit, pi Tik, pi Sripai, pi Panee, pi Saowapa, pi A, khun Prapee, etc.)

I am jealous of you current location. I hope to get to Thailand myself post-contract next spring.

I will be waiting expectantly for your next blog installment.

much love, Anne-marie    

  • Anonymous Anonymous

July 30, 2005 6:02 a.m.

Thanks everyone!! The response on day 1 of our blog's life has been awesome! It will be very exciting to watch it grow and mature and play with its friends.

Re: Trevor's suggetion. As far as what we've figure out, we don't have a 'posting topics' kind of capability. You mean to start discussions, right? But maybe there's a way... (that means we'd have to moderate it too, though...)

It's funny, so far our baby blog has generated suggestions for links to friends' blogs, links to friends'
projects/professional pages, and topics posting. I understand the whole virtual community thing now. It's not just a blog, it's a dropin centre!

By-the-way, T, your name is tantalizingly blue meaning you're live (i.e. you have a profile link) but alas nothing was there.

We have a profile too - click the authors' photo to see it!


July 30, 2005 11:14 p.m.

Hi Cindy & Jan!

Great blog- and an excellent idea for keeping us all up to date at once.

I've been thinking about one of Jan's older treks lately, because I am in San Francisco right now at a conference and just hapened to end up at the Green Tortoise. It hasn't changed much in 9 years, with the welcome exception of free Wi-Fi! So, lots of memories floating around. Love you guys and I'll be checking the blog frequently!    

  • Anonymous Dennis Venema

July 31, 2005 5:25 a.m.

Cool you guys!
Looking forward to seeing more pix and hearing lots of detail. This is definitely more satisfying than waititng for email. Don't forget to check — especially important if we're off-line for a while during the move.
hugs and kisses  

August 07, 2005 3:28 p.m.

Great to hear from you with news of your travel and your work. Nice picture of the walk up the Tilba Track too! Looking forward to blogging.....keep well and all the best, Stuart and Philip    

  • Anonymous Anonymous

April 05, 2006 8:12 p.m.

Great job!

Far from the usual stuff.

Thank you for letting us in.

It does make a difference, you know.

Keep on walking... till you get there.

Best of luck,


April 25, 2006 9:22 p.m.

Dear Jan and Cindy,

What a fantastic site! I don't know why it took me so long to check it out. Love the format and info. Let me know when you're back in canada...I'll be in Ottawa, so fairly close by.

It's wonderful to hear that you're doing so well!


  • Anonymous Michelle McP

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