I’m a big fan of naming every single event that I happen to experience in my life. I think it started with my study-abroad travels where I labeled every journey I went on. Or perhaps I inherited it from a certain family member who has always seemed to enjoy cleverly-named activities as much as I now do. (You know who you are, Grammy!)

In any case, my year in Europe was peppered with cheesy allusions to Scotland Love Week (Valentine’s Day occurred during my week in Scotland.) and Northern New Year (I ended 2011 with Molly’s family in Northern England.) and Crisis at Christmas (This was the dependency center where I volunteered for several days in London.) and EUROTRIP2012 (Self-explanatory?).

Year Abroad

I’ve come to refer to my whole year in Indonesia as The Experience, but there are plenty of other names to remember from this year: Christmas Tropicale, Baliday2014, The Great Migration, and INDOpendence Day are just a few.

Imagine my distress when I was unable to come up with a snappy name for the trip that Josh and I are embarking on at this very moment.

After months of planning, we finally get to do some bigger travels. We’re currently on a plane to Hong Kong, where we’ll spend ten days, two of which will be in Hong Kong Disneyland!

Josh and I have both been to Disney World in Florida more times than we can count, and we’re absolutely thrilled that we’ll get a chance to spend a few days in another Disney park.


Aside from Disney, we have plenty of other exciting plans for our time in Hong Kong, including a tour to see pink dolphins, a day trip to Macau, and a whole lot of sightseeing.

From Hong Kong, we’ll be flying into London. We have just over two weeks in the UK to soak up as much of London as we can and revisit Josh’s old home in Wales and my old home in Birmingham.

Big Ben

On our way home from London, we have a one-day layover in Reykjavik, where we’ll spend as much time as we can exploring Iceland’s capital.

Before touching down in the Midwest, we have yet another one-day layover in Washington, D.C., which is one of my favorite cities in the world.

We’ll have just enough time to see the monuments and memorials at sunrise, eat lunch at my favorite restaurant in Chinatown, and then grab our bags and rush back to the airport for our flight to Cincinnati, where we’ll finally have arrived home.


It’s a huge, 28-day journey just to move from here back to the US, and there is so much happening in this trip that I had no clue what to name it. Post-Indonesia Trip just doesn’t have a nice ring to it. Hong Kong and the UK with short layovers in Iceland and DC is too lengthy and just not creative enough.

Finally, I settled on the Grand Adventure Home.

Mostly because that’s what Josh referred to it as once, and I liked it better than anything else I had come up with. It makes me think of my favorite autumn movie, Pooh’s Grand Adventure. And the ultimate goal of these fall travels is to get home after being away for so long, but to have as many adventures as we can on the way. So, while simple, I think this name aptly describes what Josh and I will be up to for the rest of the month.

I’m not sure if I’ll write any current posts while I travel, but I have several posts already written and scheduled to publish, so you can expect to read much more about Indonesia in the coming weeks and months!

Love, Elizabeth