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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…!

Technology and Transportation


i-Phone Photos

Hardly a high-tech person, my baby steps into technology have resulted in flat-out bingeing on phone photos. Even with constant deletions and downloads to my laptop, I am still left with 3,758 photos, 8 favorites which I don’t even know how they became my faves, 7 videos and 1 burst. Yep, I’m in overload mode….


Notebooks for Every Occasion

It appears that I have an unusual attraction for notebooks. This has existed since childhood and obviously is a sign of genius. I mean, great ideas come to us all and if we don’t write them down, how will we ever remember those flashes of brilliance or that turn of a phrase? Notepads surround me…


The Beauty of Bing

Some days, it’s simply too tempting. The computer opens to Bing and sure enough, there’s a fabulous photo just waiting to take your breath away. No fair. How can I get any work accomplished on the computer when such spectacular animal or landscape pictures stare back at me? I consider the photos to be on…


Of Detours and Deadlines

Working, working, working non-stop. One of the biggest deadlines of my life. Feeling a bit nervous, but cranking it out. Nine-day countdown and it would be best to get it done before then. Camping out in one of our homes while the family is at the other one. Bless you, Benedetto. I cannot concentrate with…


Celebrating the Season with ZooLights-!

Here’s a fabulous holiday treat for those living in or visiting the DC/MD/VA area between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo, located in uptown Washington, DC, on Connecticut Avenue, NW, hosts an annual light display with more than 500,000 eco-friendly LED lights. It’s free, and it’s open from 5:00-9:00 pm most every night…


Visas and Social Media Screening

Ya gotta be kidding. This is ridiculous. Absolutely outrageous. Apparently the State Department has a policy of not checking social media postings such as those of San Bernardino terrorist Tashfeen Malik. Applying for a fiancee visa in 2014, she received the green light “despite what the FBI said were extensive social media messages about jihad…


Holiday Security Tips

The official holiday travel season is upon us in the US, ranging from Thanksgiving Week (this Thursday) through New Year’s. That’s a good 5-6 week time period when lots of families travel, schools and universities take breaks and people want to get away, once in November and again during late December to January. And now,…


9 Ways to Stay Awake on the Road

Any long, holiday drives ahead of you?  College students and families heading to visit family and friends…. Recently, Petya and I made a couple of long treks as he drove six hours back to one house and then I drove the two of us eight, long hours to our second house. It should have taken…


Petya Hits the Road

Our son is no dummy. When it comes to driving, he prefers the suburbs with wide roads and easy speed limits. When the business trip loomed and the reality of him heading out in the Beemer for six hours of highway driving, followed by heading into city driving immediately thereafter, we weren’t sure what to…


Over-Prepping as a Lifestyle

Big breath. Big breath. That’s what I generally forget in my hurry-up lifestyle. Naturally, I can accomplish 10x more than the average individual, what with my lists and counter-lists. For instance, I have organized Petya’s business trip: 1.  Wrote down the name & address & phone of the hotel which he might have confused with…