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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…!

Join us for international adventure with our fast-track family holding Old World values while adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go...!
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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…

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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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Come Apart and Rest A While

Some of the wisest words ever spoken, “Come apart and rest a while” (Mark 6:31). As my son assists me on a brief business trip to Europe and the Middle East, he is learning about 20-hour-plus days. Not so smart on my part, but that’s the time we have to squish in a million things…

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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 Gate of Faith

One of my favorite places is the Old City of Jaffa. Once home to run-down buildings and semi-criminal elements, developers and the city took charge in the 1960s to renovate the area into a lovely portside community, full of artists’ galleries, cafes and upscale housing. Associated with Jonah’s run from God and Paul’s vision of…

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When Pillows Talk…

This pillow greeted us as we arrived to our small flat in Jerusalem. Though utterly exhausted, the sentiment was not lost on us. We give thanks for each day as we unwrap it as a gift. Some rest tonight and off to work before the sun rises tomorrow. 18697

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Mixup in Moscow

I am enroute with my oldest son on our way to the Mid-East. It was to be a simple layover in Moscow. As a Russian-American, he required no visa and I obtained the new, three-year multi-entry visa so we could leave the airport. We made reservations for a nearby Russian hotel and would take the…

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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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Monday Mottoes – #143

Desire, desire, desire. It ranks right up there with motivation. They are virtually the same. When you desire something, it grows on the inside of you until you can’t help it being manifested on the outside of you-! Half-hearted or half-baked ideas rarely get off the ground. They sputter to a stop… before they ever…