web analytics

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


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…


Archaeological Space Cadet

Dr. Sarah Parcak is making news for archaeologists worldwide as winner of the $1 million 2016 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Prize. She’s the one who has been in the headlines for years, using satellite to remotely locate archaeological sites. Specializing mostly in Egypt, Parcak estimates that just 1% of archaeological sites there are known. Her…


Stranded in Sinai

While I wrestle with raccoons in the rafters here, I realize: it could be worse. It could be much, much worse. I could be one of the tens of thousands of passengers stranded in Sinai and going nowhere fast. As of a few days ago, 20,000 UK travelers and 30-40,000 Russian tourists were stuck with…


The Photobombing Scottie

Misha the Scottish Terrier cuddled contentedly on my lap in the car. It had been a long autumn’s day of exploring. Passing several attractive, historic homes, I asked my husband to pull over so I could snap a photo. That’s when the dog sprang into action. He would not allow me to take the picture….


Petya Turns 19

He’s cute, he’s sweet, he’s manly yet compassionate and understanding. He’s our son, Petya, adopted from Russia when almost eight years old, the one to come home at the youngest age, but our “first-born” in every way. The orphanage described him as a real “muzhchina”, a man’s man, strong and capable. They were proud of…


Family Film: War Room

We interrupt this wonderful weekend to bring a special notice: go and see the new movie “War Room”. If you want your marriage to be close, your family to thrive, and you’d like God’s help, this film could change your life. It’s fairly slow-moving, but deals with everyday, real-life issues of love growing cold, disappointments,…


How Josh & Anna Duggar Can Get Help

Life in the fishbowl. Unless you’ve lived it, you can only imagine. Looks like fun, the celebrity, the access, the perks. Sometimes. Other times, it’s the exhaustion. You’re always “on”. You might be shopping for toothpaste and people come up and want to talk. Someone might think you’re overdisciplining a child as they listen in…