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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!

Field Trips

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How to Negotiate Anything Abroad

You can do this. Doesn’t matter if you’re filthy rich and can’t be bothered, for many goods and services in the rest of the world, you are expected to negotiate and haggle the price down. Not to do so would say something of your naivete, as well as make life difficult for the next stranger…

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Americans Traveling Abroad in 2016?

I didn’t see any. Really not any at all, come to think of it. Not in Russia, not in Israel. This was early June, so maybe kids are just getting out of school. Saw a good group from a couple of American universities digging on an archaeological excavation, but beyond that— at tourist sites, at…

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On Unpacking

I’m getting better. Packing was never so much the problem, working with specific lists, checking off items as I went. There always seemed to be the last-minute rush, no matter how well-planned, or the sudden realization that I was in an overweight-suitcase bind…. But it’s the unpacking that often stumped me. I always came back…

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Sheremetyevo Airport Express Train

Usually I have a driver in Russia, a chauffeur to take me from Point A to Point B. That works, yet in case of constant traffic jams, travel by train is so much faster. So this time, my son and I hopped on the Aeroexpress, the direct train from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport to the city…

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Moving War Memorials

Perhaps as few other people groups, Israel’s very existence has necessitated the creation over and over again of war memorials. As soon as the Jewish people decide to live, some other group decides they should die. Case after case from history springs to the mind, from Pharaoh ordering Jewish babies to be thrown into the…

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Monday Mottoes – #144

In search of a remote archaeological site, we understood that there were no paths to follow. Welcome signs and labelling of what-was-what would be forthcoming several years down the line. It was a newer site, one that nobody could quite comprehend on their own. So we went. Past this community, in the midst of heavy…

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The Panic of Being Overweight

No, not that kind of overweight. That’s full of enough panic, lol. I’m talking about having your bags packed with mostly lightweight stuff for mostly summer climes… and then realizing… you’re over the allowable 50 pounds on the baggage-! Yikes, how did that happen? That’s the double-edged sword of a luggage scale. My son and…

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Our Girls & the Transgender Restroom

The one time we turn our back. Occasionally, occasionally, I as a mother have stuff to do. Like run empires on several continents, etc. This time, my husband was multi-tasking while our whole family was out and about. I stepped into one establishment, while he went to get gas and snacks with the kids and…

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Packing Panic

I will be leaving the country in less than a week and I’m having trouble focusing on a suitable wardrobe. In the past, I always just pulled out the same things. If you get creative and have the gift of interpretation, you can see me basically in the same outfits year after year. Black suit,…

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The Eastern Shore

Passing through the Eastern Shore environs on a cool / cloudy / rainy day. There’s nothing like being off-season, or just-before-season anywhere. Alright, so some cafes or shops or amusements may be closed, but much of the time I’m a woman on a mission, just zipping through on my way elsewhere…. Spotted this “Love” sign…