December 21, 2014: Reviving the Mammoth, Traveling From Canada to Tibet With 2 Kids and 0 Airplanes

Bruce Kirkby and his wife traveled by canoe, cargo ship, train and horseback from British Columbia to a Himalayan Buddhist monastery. He said his kids took well to the break from the distractions of everyday life. (photo by Bruce Kirkby)

Bruce Kirkby and his wife traveled by canoe, cargo ship, train and horseback from British Columbia to a Himalayan Buddhist monastery. He said his kids took well to the break from the distractions of everyday life. (photo by Bruce Kirkby)

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HOUR 1

– Some holiday travelers dread the crush of bodies and long lines at airports, and even more so when young travelers and babies are included. So when Bruce Kirkby and his wife Christine decided to live in a Buddhist monastery in India’s Himalayan foothills, they skipped airplanes altogether and canoed, train-ed, and cargo-shipped their family around the planet. Once they arrived at the monastery, the adults taught English in exchange for the privilege of praying and working alongside the monks. Kirkby explains that his seven and three year old boys took well to the austerity of the 8-by-8 foot room that the family shared for three months. Kirkby says that he thinks the experience left —> Read More Here

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