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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…!

The Swiss Cheese Internat Education

When we first learned of Russian boarding schools for orphans, images of freshly-scrubbed children in crisp uniforms engaging in serious studies flooded our minds. The more accurate picture might be more like a sinister Soviet penal gulag with a bit of learning thrown in for good appearance. “How many months are there in one year?” …

Our Children the Trash Collectors

Our kids love to gather any cast-off item they may find–from wrappers, to clothing labels, to a broken earring on the street. If you’ve never had anything in life, the flip side is that everything must be valuable. And now our homes are their dumping grounds. Stashes in their closets, under their beds, in their…

Still Learning English…

Have you ever wondered what your kids are saying? Like other parents of teens and pre-teens, I have my fair share of “Huh?” moments, but for me, it’s exacerbated by the fact that mine are still learning English. “I lost my noodle,” Pasha pokes here and there in the car. “Shtoh?” I ask in Russian….

Family Holiday Get-Togethers

There are those who shun adoption in favor of reproducing their own superior genetic pool. Usually they live in trailer parks and could be confused with one of Chevy Chase’s Griswold family hillbilly relatives, but details, details. The folly of relying on one’s own overchlorinated gene pool may be demonstrated up close and personal in…