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Monday Mottoes – #139

Probably similar to yours, my life is quite complex. Schedules, appointments, family, associates, meals, countries and continents vie for attention. So we co-coordinate, shuffle engagements, hurry up, make it happen. I realized in the early morning hours that I know how to urge someone, “Hurry!” in a good handful of languages. Yet, no matter how…

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How Did the Kids Fare While Home Alone?

This was the first time we left the kids for a couple of days on their own. Before, they’ve stayed with family friends, or maybe we left them for a few hours overnight, but this time, it was really two-and-a-half days. Never mind that we were sequestered on a mountain with bears and turkeys—our thoughts…

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Making a Russian Embassy Appointment

No matter what you do, or how you do it, you will soon come to the conclusion that you cannot make an appointment at your local Russian Embassy or Consulate. You might try phoning, e-mailing, even sending smoke signals, but you’re not going to get through. Ever. So, after completing my online form (in Russian…

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Are You Swamped, Too, or Is It Just Me?

I am over-involved. My “Just Say No” button has broken. I have no off switch. I am swamped. Some would say slammed. I don’t like slammed. “I was so slammed at work.” No, too uncultured for me. Sounds like somebody’s hitting you. I was swamped, inundated, overwrought, if you must. In essence, too much to…

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Russian Customs to Keep in Mind

A couple of times in the next couple of months, I plan to be in Mother Russia. No matter that I come from these origins in terms of family background, I find it best to review matters that don’t immediately dawn on foreigners. While there are entire books written on the subject of Russian customs…

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Springtime Archaeological Digs

Putting Russia on hold for the moment while the story continues to reach epic proportions, we turn our sights to… archaeological sites. Many opportunities arise as spring arrives and most likely Petya and I will head to a few for varying lengths of time. Which brings up the issue of what kind of digs are…

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Back at the Russian Embassy

Who knows if they operate like this worldwide, but the Russian Embassy in our part of the world brings rather predictable behavior to the table. Visiting them repeatedly over the past decade, I imagined that some things would change, yet instead, they remain pretty much the same. With a few minor changes. If that makes…

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Needed in Inaccessible Places: Travel on Steroids

I promise I will get back to special ed. But for now, emergencies loom. I am needed in all of the most inaccessible places of the earth. This is what one might call travel on steroids. I check flights. Not on the usual travel sites. Instead, I try to take into consideration time and money,…

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International House Hunting

I love TV shows like “House Hunters International”. It never ceases to give me a good laugh when Americans don’t realize that, what we imagine to be normal, is rarely the case in the rest of the world. Living abroad, you might not have a car… and a place to park. You probably won’t have…

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Planning A Secret Get-Away

Shhhh… the kids can’t know. Other than Petya, he’s the oldest and most mature, so he knows everything, lol. The others? Not so much. I’m planning a secret get-away, a short excursion not for me, not for us as the parents, but for the kids. So they know they’re doing something and it’s going to…