In this episode: We explore Kyoto and say our good-byes (Recorded 9/29/23 in Kyoto, Japan)
Congratulations to Iden and best wishes for his new business located in "Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Wow. While the Elliott family has watched him grow up and is therefore at least somewhat prepared for this transition, looking at this information from the point of view of a 76 year old reader has my head spinning with the changes that have happened over the past 50 years or so. When I was Iden's age, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam was still Saigon and the center of a horrible war zone. While scars remain from that war among many people in my age group, it is comforting that that city and its people are living normal lives at peace and that a young American adult can decide to live and work there. I hope we hear from and about Iden as he takes this first step in a career.
Congratulations Iden (and the rest of you for supporting him)! May you find much success in your adventures along with happiness!
How cool that you got to share this fantastic trip with your boys and do this podcast with them.
From one dad of 2 boys to another - a time to be cherished!
safe travels and good luck to Iden on his new adventure.
Chris!!!, are you nuts!? Way braver than I am! lol We will miss Iden. Your input will be missed, but I'm sure Chris will keep it pertinent, interesting & more important, help for all us who read you every day.
Best of everything to Iden. Please keep us updated on his life in Vietnam.
Congratulations Iden! Peace & Blessings!
Congratulations to Iden and good luck in your new venture.
Good luck, Iden, and stay safe.
I have been wondering all this time where your daughter has been.
Somehow I must have missed how you and your boys ended up on what I didn't even realize was an 'assignment.'
Please update us on your daughter and your plans for the immediate future.
I have been following you since 2008 when in desperation I contacted you because we were 'bumped from our Egypt Tour on December 31 - 7 days before our departure!'
Fortunately our problem was solved by the time you responded after the NEW YEARS holiday!
It is amazing what calling 'Company big-wigs' on their private phone numbers can do!
Haven't needed to follow your more constructive process since and have ended up enjoying many more trips with that same company - even back to Egypt again!
Have loved your podcasts, good luck to Iden and if I can only visit one city - I agree, London it is!
Congratulations to Iden on his new adventure! As the mother of a 21-year-old, I know how hard to see them go, but wonderful at the same time. I have enjoyed your podcast, and loved your project - traveling the world with your sons. It sounded like a dream job. You are very fortunate to have had that time together. Good luck to you all, and I look forward to keep reading and listening to your great travel stories and advice, and hearing about Iden's Vietnam adventure!
Of course you are going to miss Iden! He has been part of your life since he was born 18? years ago. If you have been a loving, involved parent, it's hard to see your child off to college or other adventures. You are going to miss Iden very much, far more than he misses you, I'm sad to say. But that's okay, that's the way it was meant to be as your little chick now flies from the nest to test his own wings.
Iden has had such a fantastic education by traveling the world with you, you have prepared him well for just this flight from homebase.
You will miss your son very much but you will be so proud of all his successes, small and large. The blueness you feel now will pass as you enjoy watching Iden thrive and grow.
Wishing you, Iden and your entire family much love and happiness in this next chapter of your lives.
Well, that's what a parent is supposed to do. Raise your children to be independent and go out into the world and conquer it. But it's hard to see them sail away, to be so far from you.
Chin up, Chris. You and Aren will continue to have adventures and hopefully one coming soon will be to visit Iden in Ho Chi Minh City to admire the life he has put together there.
It's tough to be separated from children who have become so much part of your life. Perhaps it won't be for long.
Good luck, Iden! We wish you much success and happiness with your new adventure
Congratulations Iden, and best wishes on your new venture! The articles on Japan brought back a lot of old memories for me.
Bittersweet goodbye and good luck. How will we hear about our remaining vagabonds' adventures now? We will miss you all and these personal insights - change is always hard but as Fred Rogers said: when you come to the end of something, you find that you're at the beginning of something else.
I know Joe! It is good to see he is still doing well. 15 years ago it was a watermelon! Enjoy the castle across the street from your hotel. At the left of the hotel across the street from the palace garden is Doshisha high school and college, school is for Japanese students with classes in English
A new chapter in the book of life for Iden! Wish him all the best in all the adventures & dreams ahead of him.Chris you are an amazing father. The life lessons you have gifted your children are priceless. They will no doubt make you very proud.