My wife said I should blog again. She’s probably right. Actually, she’s always right. At least that’s what I tell her to keep her off my back. Remember the pears? Anyway, here we go. I thought about blogging about being a PhD student but quickly realized that was too boring. In fact, yawn, I can barely stay awake for it myself. Then I thought I … Continue reading 2,200 miles. 6 states. 1 cat and a grabber.
There is always something exhilarating about attempting something slightly crazy. Or maybe that’s just me. When I set off with my boys on our winter road trip between Chicago and Atlanta, the adrenaline was definitely pumping. During the next six days, I would spend more than 24 hours driving. In anticipation of this, I had an arsenal ready: two huge bags of snacks; 19 books from the … Continue reading Chicago to Atlanta with kids
We got our visas! The embassy official was timely and professional when we picked them up, and Jake and I breathed a sigh of relief. There was nothing left to do in Ukraine except see the ocean. The Central Asian country where we live is land-locked, so any opportunity of seeing the ocean must be taken very seriously, even at the risk of sleep loss … Continue reading No kidnappings allowed
It’s official. We’re in Kiev. We had to leave Kazakhstan for a few days to get visas for another year, and I have to admit I was really looking forward to a change of pace and scenery. Traveling here was amazingly easy. Time difference? 3 hours. Flight time? 5 hours. Cake, I tell you, cake. At least compared with what it takes to get … Continue reading Getting a kick out of Kiev, er, Kyiv
I somehow survived for two years without a car. Not sure how I did it, looking back. Actually I am. I walked a whole lot more than I do now. I met a lot of different people in gypsy cabs (normal people who will agree to give you a ride on the street). I practiced Russian and learned a whole lot about all the cultures … Continue reading Life without a car