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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…!

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Four Weeks Petya-Free

We are more than midway through and actually nearing the end of the month-long leave of absence our oldest son took from his job… and his university studies… and us. Volunteering as a camp counselor, I hear he’s heading out for whitewater rafting early in the morning. He sneaks the occasional text to us once…

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Quoits, Croquet and Bocce

I am not a snob, really, I’m not. However, as summer swings into high gear, all I can picture is a gathering on the beach, men in khaki pants and white shirts, ladies in white linen tea-length-or-longer dresses and sunhats, playing lawn games. And sipping lemonade. By the seaside. On a grassy lawn. What are…

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Camp Photos from Afar

They are in staff training for the next few days before the campers arrive. Smart move. I ask Petya to send group photos. Here the tribe leaders (counselors) are in a van, smiling wildly. They look normal and happy and dynamic. “Great group!” I text enthusiastically. “They’re all awesome, just like me, hehe,” I receive…

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Desperate Mother Moments

I’m doing okay, thanks, even though my eldest son is far away. Saying goodbye at the train station at 4:00 am was challenging. But he made it to Manhattan, no problem, meeting up with his team and then heading for points north. His two tired parents, myself having slept for all of an hour or…

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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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Fallout and Followup After a Business Trip

Let’s just put it this way: it takes a long time to get back to normal after a business trip. As a matter of fact, my whole life seems to be either preparing for, or following up after, some kind of travel. I’d like for once, just once to: go, do, and be done with…

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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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Monday Mottoes – #145

I’ve never been known as a speed reader. Surprising because my undergrad degree was in history and the amount of reading required is over-the-top. Same with my grad degrees and professional life. Non-stop reading and keeping up-to-date. I thought of taking a speed-reading course… that we already possess… but I’m too busy, lol. Does that…

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While The Cat’s Away…

(From your correspondent, Benedetto, while my wife wings her way back to the US…) Alexandra is traveling and working in Europe and  the Middle East, while I hold down the home front. My days fill with work and children, cooking and cleaning, work and children, and more cooking. Don’t forget the two dogs.  I alternate…