The website looks different…

Yes, I have been playing around with the website “theme”. I figure that the only way to learn how it all works is to break it in the middle of the night “here” and then sweat until I get it working again.


So now there is a new theme which does not correct any of the things that I didn’t like about the old theme. There will probably be more themes in the near future, but for now enjoy this one, it’s green.


Quick Update

We’re in Dambulla, home of the famous Dambulla Cave Temple and surprising Golden Temple. We’ve been to Sigiriya, a Unesco Heritage site and one of the more remarkable places we’ve seen anywhere (very Macchu Pichu-esque).

Unfortunately, our internet is terrible and I can’t get any pictures online at the moment. We have been able to upload some photos to our Facebook page using the phone, so you can see that I’m not making all this stuff up.

I have been able to update/modify the elephant video page, which is now called Elephant Video Page and contains some (but not all) of the elephant videos we have made (again, bad internet=hard to upload stuff). Now, most of the videos are of elephants in the wild, inside and outside of national parks, which is where we like to see them.

Also, following up on an excellent comment we had on the site, I have started configuring a map that should show where we’ve been so far:

    It’s up to date but far from finished, just like our travels!


    Vaccine time!

    Round 1 of our heavy-weight bout with the travel vaccines was last Thursday. For those who’ve never done it, it starts with an assessment of what shots you’ve already had and which ones you need based on where you’re going.

    We don’t really know where we’re going (other than our first stop), so we made up a magical fantasy list just to make sure that if we win the lottery we’ll be covered.

    We told them we’d be going to Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia, China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, aaaaaaand Europe. Just like that, we tacked on an entire continent like an afterthought.

    The nurse gave us one of those dead-pan expressions you get from a person who is formulating a professional way of saying “Are you people out of your minds?” in their heads.

    The next question we got was “How long are you staying in Sri Lanka?” to which we, of course, replied “Dunno.” No sense in helping the poor lady, right?

    She said “Approximately how long 2, 3, 4, 5 months?”.

    I said “Yes”

    I think at that point she understood that our plans are fairly flexible.

    On to the shots, we debated for a while about the two biggies, rabies and Japanese encephalitis. They’re the biggies because they cost around $4000 for the whole family JUST for those two, and they aren’t the only shots!

    In the end, they’re a once per person per life kind of vaccine, so we figured it’s more of a long term investment rather than an expense. Also, look at their little faces! Priceless, immeasurably valuable, rabies and encephalitis free.

    Elliot, Vero and I had to get 4 shots, two in each arm, Zoë got 5! The nurses have never seen troopers like these, I tell you. Zoë only cried a tiny bit at the 5th shot, and stopped when the nurse handed her a lollipop (or candylop as Zoë calls it). When Elliot saw the candy, he was stoic like a Navy seal through the shots. No reaction. Gimme candy.

    We went back last night for another rabies shot and some emergency prescriptions, and the nurse told us they had been talking about our tough little ones all week, using them to shame adults. I’m so proud! hehe

    One more Thursday night for the last rabies and encephalitis and we’re done!