Welcome to The Introduction to our blog about our traveling lifestyle

Now it's June 2018 in Vail and things are starting to rev up. We've been mountain biking, hiking and socializing. The Vail Club 50 hiking season has begun and we are doing Wednesday and Saturday marmot hikes with them. In May had an excursion to Steamboat Springs to sample the extraordinary Cloverdale Restaurant and Farm. Click here to read our review of it. We are really jazzed that an article was published about us in the Vail Daily; click here to read itIn the meantime, we are enjoying "being in training for assisted-living," in luxury, in our condo at the Four Seasons Resort Vail, CO. 

Audre + Dimitri biking at the iconic rock-Uluru or Ayers Rock, Australia

It all started in 1993 when Audre got a contract for a World Bank project in Indonesia - that was the beginning of our Odyssey or worldwide traveling or vagabond globetrotting... call it what you will (Dimitri likes "global meandering" the best). A year and a half later, Dimitri planned a 9-month trip from Jakarta to Istanbul. It was supposed to be just an interlude between contracts. However, six months into that trip, while meditating on top on Mount Sinai, Audre saw the light! A couple of weeks earlier, Dimitri had calculated that we could most probably live on just the appreciation on our mutual funds (without our touching our capital) and had proposed retirement to Audre's initial shock and dismay. So, on Mount Sinai, Audre got the message from above that it is perfectly okay to retire and go traveling throughout the world at 49 (Audre) and 54 (Dimitri). We have been retired and have been global meandering since 1995. See our tab above "About our traveling lifestyle" to read more about how we do what we do.


This blog site was started in 2006 during our 2 and one-half years of South American Explorations (to begin reading at the beginning of our blogging in Santiago click here and keep clicking on "Older Post" at the bottom of each post). Consequently, the travelogues about our first 9-month trip from Jakarta to Istanbul, our nine months in Turkey, our six years in the rest of Europe, our three months in India, our nine months in Singapore, our three months in Phuket, our one year in Australia (although the picture above is of us at Uluru and you can click here to see the summary of our 26,000 km Australia Road Trip in 2004-05), our one year in New Zealand and our three months in Tahiti, will be posted when Audre writes them.

While this blog is still in the process of being created, click here if you want to see all of our photos.

On the left margin is a Table of Contents that lists each place we have lived since 1995. The descriptions of our travels begin with our posts in South America in 2006 (when we started this blog). Before that, you will notice most are still "to come." To start reading at the beginning of our travelogues (and then keep clicking "Older Post" at the bottom of each post to continue with our travelogues), click here

If you are foodies, like we are, then have a look at the list of "Restaurants Reviewed by ALEDM Organized by Country and City" also on the left margin. If you click on a city, you will be linked to our blog posting of our restaurant reviews for that city. Enjoy (and send us an e-mail about your experiences)!

And, if you want to do a search for a specific place, topic or a person, use the Search Blog feature that is a box in the upper left-hand corner of the screen (from here click "Control - Home" on your keyboard to get to the top of your screen).

At the end of each page of postings, there is a link labeled "Older Post." Clicking on that takes you to the next post in chronological order. Yes, it is counter-intuitive...

While we were in Beijing in the fall of 2010, the China Daily (the largest newspaper in English in China) published an article about our Global Meandering Lifestyle. Our picture is on the front page of the newspaper in the upper right-hand corner and click here for the article itself.




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  2. What an amazing life you have chosen for yourselves! My/our travels are more touch and go -- a week in once place being a luxury, a month unheard of. The summer after my junior year in college, a friend and I went to Europe for three months. Since then, the longest I have EVER been away was five weeks between jobs back in the '70s and three weeks in England, on the Isle of Man, in Lisbon and in Madrid just last month. I read your South American adventures and am inspired!

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  3. I should have added: What a decision you made and how gloriously you are living out your dream. A National Public Radio call-in program today discussed what it means to be "rich," "middle class" or "poor" in the US. Some people defined these classifications by income or net worth. One caller defined them as "If you're rich, you can afford to waste food. If you're middle class, you can feed your family. If you're poor, it's sometimes hard to feed your family." Others defined "rich" as a high quality of life. By that definition, one that I agree with, you are among the riches people I know of. Thank you for sharing your wealth via this blog.

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