Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil


August 15th, 2012 | Posted by Ian in Inspiration - (0 Comments)
Go magnet


A Shrinking Inventory

August 7th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in Oh - (3 Comments)

We did such a good job with our to-dos this weekend.  As we were hoping to, we got all of our things listed for sale on Craigslist by Sunday afternoon so that we would have four long weeks to make sure everything found a new home.  Now it’s Tuesday, and our bedroom and living room … Read more

Last Month To Do List

August 5th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in How To - (1 Comments)
August Calendar

Exactly four years ago, we moved to North Carolina, and in exactly four weeks, we will be on our way again.  Below is the list we created last Wednesday of things that have to be done before we leave.  Knowing that our schedule will already be fairly tight with time consuming things such as working … Read more


Maybe your computer just crashed and all your iTunes music went with it. Maybe a friend of yours has that amazing new One Direction album on his iPod and you wish you could have a copy. Maybe, like us Vangabonds, you recently stumbled upon an old iPod that had music on it from a computer … Read more

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program Logo

On July 18th, the United States Department of State issued a worldwide travel caution to U.S. citizens. While I find it quite preposterous to make an all-encompassing statement to induce fear of travel to the entire world (my feelings on this travel caution could fill a blog post by themselves, but I will refrain), the … Read more

Cacti in Baja

When we tell people about our travel plans, they are almost uniformly concerned about Mexico. The American media, in its usual sensationalism, has managed to help perpetuate some stubborn stereotypes about our neighbor to the south, and most of our countrymates have a negative impression of a nation that is actually a leader in our … Read more

Reining in the Road Trip Snacks

July 16th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in Food - (0 Comments)
Not so healthy road trip snacks

If we had to pick a dietary label, it would be vegetarian.  When at home, we also refrain from all dairy and most egg products making us vegan to carnivores and posers to vegans.  As a whole, our dietary choices, though numerous in implications and effects, are based on personal health factors.  Basically, we eat … Read more

Westside Kansas City Fourth of July

Nobody does the 4th of July like Kansas City’s Westside.  It’s a combination of the quintessential patriotic block party with kids running from house to house and neighbors sharing beers, a summer evening in a Mexican-American barrio with Abuela on the front porch and Spanish music blaring into the street, and a blockbuster war scene … Read more

Sit Means Sit

June 29th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in Dogs - (3 Comments)
Colby from Sit Means Sit and Maya

Meet Colby. Colby likes dogs. Colby changed everything. Maya was a maniac when we adopted her in 2007.  Out of a varied litter of spirited puppies, we elected to take home the one with the most gusto, adventurous spirit, and unbridled energy.  Of course we did.  We shared those traits with her, and she was … Read more

Putting the Van in Vangabonds

June 13th, 2012 | Posted by Ian in How To - (2 Comments)
Our New Ride

We crossed a major item off our list this weekend. The “van” has been purchased. Out with the old and in with the new. Check that.  Out with the old and in with the older is more accurate. Pictured below is our old ride on the left and our new ride on the right: The … Read more