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  • #1

    Murph (Tuesday, 29 January 2008)

    Seeing this blog makes me so joyous for both you. You are both strong and courageous. I can't wait until you get back so I can see the expressions on your face as your share the stories of your journey. Kiss my homeland for me....

  • #2

    mom (Sunday, 17 February 2008)

    WOW, amazing... content, design, and technology. CONGRATULATIONS. I scanned all of it first, and now i will take the next weeks to read it slowly. Feelings of awe, gratitude, and envy. I love the colors,the children, the silent retreat, the diary, and the fact that you are in good spirits alone and with each other, and looking forward to coming home. Can't wait. Did you get all the email addresses of the Looram Boys in Vietnam and Hong Kong? Patrick in Vietnam has a big house and would welcome you to stay with them, his mom says.
    Continued Blessing,
    mom
    By the way, Tango anywhere?

  • #3

    Daniel (Sunday, 17 February 2008)

    am looking forward to seeing you both back here in San Francisco!
    Enjoy the last weeks of your trip & see you soon
    Daniel

  • #4

    Til (Sunday, 17 February 2008)

    Wonderful!
    What a trip it is, and how wonderful that you let ("force") us to participate! I mean, how could one not browse and indulge in your pictures and stories. I only wanted to have a quick peek; well, quick have been over an hour now...
    Luckily, I navigated to "my" caipirihna video from Rio. That was sweet for all senses!!
    Keep on travelin', keep on enjoying, keep on posting, and I will continue missing you guys!!

  • #5

    Corinna (Sunday, 17 February 2008)

    Hey guys,

    I was happy to receive your email and it's great to see your photos, although I have to admit it makes me a little envious ;)
    Enjoy the last two months of your trip!

    Corinna

  • #6

    Sarah Anastasia Brody (Monday, 18 February 2008)

    This must have been quite a journey: glad to have you back again, soon.

    Sarah

  • #7

    Liz Mitchell (Monday, 18 February 2008)

    Alex and Patrick!
    What an absolutely wonderful suprise! I have such fond memories of our trip to Rurre. I really enjoyed going back and rereading our adventure tales and looking at those great videos and pics. I can't wait to read up on your other trip stories and I hope you have a great few more months of travel. Can't wait to meet up again soon!
    Much love,
    Liz

  • #8

    Tara Rech (Monday, 18 February 2008)

    Wow, what a wonderful trip! I enjoyed reading your stories. I'd rush right out and go to the silent retreat in Thailand, though the part about the wooden pillow and concrete bed would be hard to manage. If you haven't read "Eat, Pray, Love" yet, I recommend it highly. Great book for travel, spiritual and romantic inspiration. Have fun! - Tara

  • #9

    Michelle Pampin (Monday, 18 February 2008)

    Looks like you're having fun!

  • #10

    valerie (Monday, 18 February 2008)

    Great job you guys! I went straight to the silent retreat. I came across that opportunity in India but decided to leave it for another special trip...Reading about your experience makes me want to jump in a plane NOW...

  • #11

    anja (Tuesday, 19 February 2008)

    Alex and Patrick,

    I have just looked through so many of your pictures and read so many of your stories. Your experience sounds incredable. My words cannot express how happy I am for you. I miss you! Have a great trip and I look forward in having you back. Anja

  • #12

    Désirée und Frank (Wednesday, 20 February 2008)

    Hey Ihr "Wonderpaar",

    wir können es nicht glauben was Ihr da gerade macht! Unser erster Gedanke war:
    "Nee! Ne? Stay there were the Pfeffer wächst!" Das war natürlich der pure Neid ;O).(In english: Just kidding)
    Und dann haben wir uns gefreut über die tollen Bilder und natürlich dann auch über all das was Ihre da erleben dürft und noch werdet. Ihr seid wirklich zu beneiden. Wir wünschen Euch noch ganz viele eindrucksvolle Momente. Haltet alles bildlich fest, damit wir daran teilnehmen können. Seid vorsichtig und geniesst die Zeit.
    Ganz ganz liebe und "neidlose" Grüße aus Frankfurt Germany
    Désirée & Frank

  • #13

    Murph (again) (Sunday, 24 February 2008)

    Thinking of both of you and inspired to live simply. I am bummed we will not catch you in SF in April but we MUST rendezvous soon!

  • #14

    Erin (Tuesday, 26 February 2008)

    "But I want Erin and Liz to go to the Pampas!" - Patrick

    Hey you guys! WOW that was so great to read about and relive our adventures. I was so excited to see that video of us feeding the monkeys bananas. I was searching for the video where Patrick yells at Maria to clean off her boots and didn't find it though! We never found a better travel group through our whole trip. I truly loved meeting you two and hope to one day soon meet up again. OKTOBERFEST!
    All the best wishes and love.

  • #15

    Andrew Smith (Tuesday, 04 March 2008)

    To take 9 months of your new lives together embark on something this profound is incredible. To say that I am jealous would be an understatement.

  • #16

    Fokke & Jolinde (Thursday, 06 March 2008)

    Hi Alex & Patrick,
    How are you?? What a beautiful website! Patrick, we almost forgot you surfskills;).. But the video's are nice!! We are in Malawi, had fantastic 4 months in South America and now already 2 months in Africa. In 5 weeks we will land in Holland again. Enjoy the rest of your trip and we will read your website when we are at home. Internet is really slow here so it will take a while.

    Greetings,
    Fokke and Jolinde (almost good memory Patrick;)

  • #17

    Angie Major (Saturday, 08 March 2008)

    Thanks for sharing your adventures. I've been enjoying reading a little bit every now and then when I needed to take a break. What a great way to start your lives together!

  • #18

    Sabine Winter (Sunday, 09 March 2008)

    WOW and WOW and did I mention "WOW" yet? Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful adventures and for the work/time you put in creating this travel webpage! I'm very, very happy for you and am looking forward to seeing you back in SF!

    Cheers,
    Sabine

  • #19

    Andreas Amundin (Wednesday, 12 March 2008)

    I have read as far as Bolivia. I have meant to come back and read more but I believe my subconscious is fighting me on this. So far your trip just seems to be an amazing, once in a lifetime experience. The role of my subconscious in this saga is that of the antagonist preventing me from returning to read more. But alas that is just the superficial interpretation of the play that is my life. A deeper interpretation makes it clear that my subconscious is the protagonist in the sense it is just protecting myself from the envy of this incredible journey. Some now ask if Andreas really knows what antagonist and protagonist really means and if you can use them like this? Truly we don't know. Those who do know me by now realize that I am writing this while tired and it being late at night. Only sleep deprivation or drunkenness would induce such a tirade. So with this rambling I will leave you to contemplate other postings.

    Can't wait to have you back in the Bay Area.

    Cheers, Andreas

  • #20

    Kate Knickerbocker (Tuesday, 25 March 2008)

    Hi guys- What an amazing trip you seem to be having. I am enjoying being an armchair traveler through your blog! Happy and safe travels and can't wait to see you soon and introduce you to Charlie!

  • #21

    kai flessing (Tuesday, 15 April 2008)

    Ihr Lieben,

    wie schoen, in solcher Ausfuehrlichkeit von Euch zu hoeren. Verzeiht bitte, dass ich mir Euren Blog nicht zur Gaenze zu Gemuete gefuehrt habe. Sehr ausfuehrlich habe ich allerdings den Aufenthalt in dem thailaendischen Kloster gelesen.
    Sehr bewegend, sehr tiefgruendig und unendlich wertvoll. Jeder Weg in die Tiefe des eigenen Daseins ist ein guter Weg, und es ist eine wahrhaft erfuellende Neuigkeit, dass Ihr solche Erfahrung gemacht habt. Man erfaehrt eine Ahnung des Wahrhaftigen, wie es die Wege des Westens nur selten erlauben. So zaehlt jeder, der, wie Ihr, sich auf Seelisches einlaesst, umso mehr. Es ist dadurch ein wenig mehr Friede in der Welt.

    Seid gesegnet, kommt gut heim und hoffentlich bis bald.


  • #22

    Geneva Michaelcheck (Friday, 02 May 2008)

    Alex
    I'm so happy to hear from you and with such fun news of your adventures! I'm traveling with my own handsome fella at the moment as well! We started in Argentina just after New Years and have been to Grenada, Australia, Hong Kong, China, and soon to Sweden. Funny route, I know, but we've got good reasons for all our ports of call. Anyway, I'm so glad to see that you're well and happy and in love and I hope that we'll see each other again soon, one way or another ;)
    so much love,
    Geneva
    p.s. May be moving back to the bay in the fall... will let you know!

  • #23

    Rebecca Willbond (Tuesday, 29 July 2008 09:42)

    Hi Patrick and Alex!
    It was so great to meet you both yesterday! You gave me a lot of good information and just made me more excited than ever. This site is awesome and and huge help with planning. Thanks again!
    Happy Travels,
    Rebecca

  • #24

    Joe Farmer (Saturday, 02 August 2008 12:41)

    I am so happy that you and your brothers decided to come to St. Louis. It was great meeting you all. Your web page is great.

  • #25

    Denny Krause (Sunday, 03 August 2008 17:57)

    Thank you for coming to St. Louis and sharing your experiences with all of us and letting us share our experiences with you and you brothers. I was in Vietnam after your father left, but I too visited many of the same locals as your father did.

  • #26

    Michael Mariella (Friday, 12 September 2008 19:04)

    Alex,
    Thank you for coming to St. Louis. It was a real pleasure and honor to meet you and your brothers. I really feel like I have known you all my life. I can not tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you and hearing about the side of your father we could not share with him. I hope you and your brothers will come to Reno next year and that you will be able to convince your mother to come also. Maybe if you tell her you finally met the guy who carries around a picture of your fgather it might peak her interest enough to get her to attend. I love your web page. One comment on the video from Kontum. The section that showed a person walking up a trail with a load on their back could very well be terrain your father and I walked on some 40 years ago. I have not gotten through all of your web page yet but i am working on it. Remember I am the one who is really computer illerate. I would like to meet your husband also. He sounds like just the kind of man your father would have wanted you to marry. Did Ralph send you his book yet?
    More later - your freind
    Mike

  • #27

    John Kelly (Thursday, 18 September 2008 19:57)

    Joe Farmer gave me your website. I was Third Platoon leader under your father in '68-'69. I have often thought of your father, and have frequently spoken of his great leadership during my military career. He was a superb commander, and I have always countet myself fortunate to have seved under him. I am sorry to hear that he died.

  • #28

    Jeremiah Tower (Wednesday, 10 June 2009 07:25)

    When can I take Kirian diving and give him his first bottle of champagne?

  • #29

    Anita (Sunday, 21 March 2010 00:02)

    This is a beautiful site. After being in birth class together, and knowing you as about to be three, and of course, three (with lovely Kirian!), it is really interesting to read about the parts of your life pre-baby. I LOVE the engagement story! And your wedding - at Wilbur! How beautiful. Congratulations on it all. See you tomorrow :-) And Happy Bday Kirian!!!!

  • #30

    Shrae Wey (Tuesday, 21 September 2010 10:47)

    Dear Patrick and Alex,
    Your website is beautiful! It brought tears to my eyes to see such loving and caring people talk so openly about their marriage, travels, and first born. Thank you again for reminding all of us how beautiful life truly is.

    Sincerely,
    Shrae Wey

  • #31

    Rob Fegan (Friday, 28 September 2012 11:20)

    Thanks for sharing! Nice job on the site!!!!

  • #32

    Sabine (Saturday, 04 April 2015 18:31)

    Eure homepage ist einfach klasse !
    Liebe Grüsse Sabine Mode

  • #33

    Sabine 23 single (Wednesday, 17 June 2015 23:34)

    Eure Seite ist einfach klasse!
    Liebe Grüsse Sabine 23 Bikinifigur
    Mode