Today represents the birth of this blog, but it is also marks Tina’s 5th birthday. Being that she is the inspiration for this website, I consciously decided to start publishing the events of her life on the same day that it began.
The idea for Tina the Tiny Traveler came to me about 3 years ago on a night bus in Mexico. It was one of those torturous bus rides where the seat didn’t recline, the air-conditioner was too cold, and the route was so curvy my head bounced back and forth like a bobble-head doll. I couldn’t sleep a wink.
As dawn was approaching and I hit a state of delirium, I looked down at Tina. Her head was resting on my lap with her mouth gaping wide open. She was curled up in a little ball to fit within the confines of the seat, but she looked comfortable. Tina was sound asleep despite all the reasons she could be wide awake like me.
In that moment I thought to myself: “I need to write about this awesome kid.” So I started writing (in my head at that point) the manuscript for a children’s book called “Tina the Tiny Traveler.” That idea is still in the works.
In the meantime, I plan to use this website to document the amazing adventures Tina and I (and her father, who I’ll call “El Dada”) have experienced over the past 6 years.
Why 6 years when Tina is only 5? Well she arguably started traveling with us from the day she was conceived. El Dada and I embarked on a 6 month backpacking trip through Central and South America when she was just a zygote. More on that in a future post!
As of today, Tina has traveled over 100,000 miles through 5 continents and 30 countries. Needless to say, I have a lot of material to draw from… and who knows where we will end up next?
I hope you enjoy following along our (retrospective) log of world travels and my (prospective) reflections on family travel, worldschooling, and unique cultures!
Un abrazo (hug) ~ Aimee