Searching for modern answers to satisfaction, they returned to Australia and New Zealand’s South Island to live on beaches, move about freely, and view the exotic for life’s pleasures. Although few possessions can be packed into a recreational vehicle, upon return they sold it and downsized to travel with a backpack. With no home, no vehicle, they scouted the world hiking, bicycling, sailing, and by bus and rail.
They visited continents.
They relived the 1890s bicycle craze....
One can learn cultural closeness quickly on a Guatemalan chicken bus or crammed into a boat taxi destine for coastal villages not accessible by automobile. Although train, taxi, ferry, cruise line, and bus were used to observe modern society, walking was the only way into some remote mountain villages. Years passed as eyes were opened. In one year they traveled and observed eleven countries on three continents--2016.
They taught...youth and teens.
Wherever they lived for a few weeks or months, they were involved in the local community.
They helped... those with no electricity, no running water, dirt walls, dirt floors, tin shacks and replaced Stoves, roofs, floors, and homes for those in need.
Climbing jungle-trapped ancient Mayan pyramids in Central America was a modern worldview two thousand years ago. Why are there Aztec petroglyphs hidden in mountains miles from the nearest dwelling? With the sea unviewable, western Asia’s ancient port city of Ephesus was buried in silt. Meanwhile surviving several thousand years, Australian Aboriginals recently lost their culture. Why did societies vanish?
They listened...to elders, to nature, to ancients, to actions, to grandchildren and his equipment, to the powerful, during tea time, and to diverse occupations.
Rain-drenched for eight hours in a dugout canoe on rivers in the Honduran jungle of La Moskitia, the largest virgin tropical rain forest in North America awakens the soul to ancient life. Reinforced by a week with a mosquito netted bed in a raised, wood-slatted shed without electricity, wood-cooked food and water supplied from a local stream, and an outdoor combo—toilet and shower--is real life to many.
They observed...workers, children, dangers, and mother, automated dairy, trained wild camels, manual typewriters, and making adobe mortar.
Trudging rain-soaked for hours through jungles to observe locals living off what nature provides, sipping coffee at a Venetian café, hiking snow-capped mountains on the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, dining in Monaco’s gambling mecca of Monte Carlo, or buying fresh fish in the morning on a tropical beach without refrigeration is living like a local in much of the world.
...and culture changed.
It is a world where ancient learning and living with nothing can be compared with modern conveniences like personal vehicles, air conditioning, spacious homes, television, gadgets, schools, and government support subsidizing food, shelter, water, sewer, healthcare and education.
Two lives, their roots, various locations, and centuries adrift can be compared in two books. To understand what's happening to society, parents, grandparents, and educators must read Relating to Ancient Culture and the mysterious agent changing it, and Relating to Ancient Learning as it influences the 21st century.