Needle in a Haystack

Needle in a Haystack

Somewhere in this maternity hospital on a warm and dry July day in St. Andrews, Scotland, Brian came into the world.   A little more than eight years later on an even warmer October day in Hayward, CA, USA, Peg was born in this building.   Five states, two countries, three marriages, four kids and […]

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365 Photo Project – May 2014

Another month has flown by and life continues to march along. May has brought more work for Brian, new classes for me, a nineteenth birthday for my Boy, and a new opportunity for my Girl. Bring it on, I say! (Except the work for Brian, I think he already has too much.) Here’s what we’ve […]

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What Must They Think Of Us?

What Must They Think Of Us?

Now that we’ve lived in four countries our perspectives on what’s culturally “normal” have changed so much that we can no longer even remember what that word means. That’s especially true for us because Brian and I were raised in two different parts of the world and there are huge gaps in the way we […]

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Me Talk Pretty One Day*

  When I am speaking in Portugues, I seem like this. People can understand me, but is obvious that I am foreigner. Not Brazilian. For certain, nothing of Brazil, haha. For example, the other time I spoke a story with my friend. I spoke, I said, I have said? “So remember I told to you […]

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365 Photo Project – April 2014

Travel. It doesn’t feel like travel anymore. We live here. It still doesn’t feel like home sometimes, but it’s more familiar now. Life is pretty normal, full of things like work, laundry, riding my bike and figuring out what’s for dinner, with the occasional weekend in the mountains with friends. Those weekends in the mountains […]

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Caged

Individuals can be said to be in a state of leisure if they simply perceive that they have the freedom to choose activities and are motivated by an activity for its own sake – John Neulinger I’m feeling a bit “not at leisure” lately. Do I have lots of free time? Oh, yes. Lots and […]

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365 Photo Project – March 2014

March. March should be spring time. Warmer weather, longer days and flowers starting to bloom. We did get a few blooming flowers on the Jacaranda trees, but other than those purple beauties our March was upside down. Will we ever get used to the seasons in the southern hemisphere? I really don’t think so, those […]

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Bringing Home the Stash

Remember when I recently wrote about my expat shopping list before our Oregon trip? As soon as we landed in Portland, we drove straight to Walmart. Seriously, picked up the luggage, picked up the rental car and hooked up the GPS to take us directly there. The fact that I needed new glasses meant that […]

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Skiing at Teacup Lake Nordic

Alone in the forest with heavy snow coming down, obscuring the trail I had just left behind me, I listened for the slightest sounds of civilization. There was nothing. No sound of vehicles to tell me where the road was. No sound of another human being. No sounds of a snowmobile coming to find me. […]

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Learning to Ski in Oregon

We’ll arrive in the Canadian high Arctic to begin our expedition in just over a year. While I’ll be staying in the town local town of Pond Inlet (Mittimatalik), Brian and the rest of the team will be circumnavigating Bylot Island on skis while they each pull two sleds (pulks) behind them with a rope […]

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Cannon Beach, OR, USA - Through the glass ball. www.akiltandacamera.com

365 Photo Project – February 2014

February came and went like a flash, but a really, really eventful flash. Because, dude! We went on vacation to the States! We went to the States because of the Polar Bears. You see, Brian needed to learn how to cross country ski so he can get away from the Polar Bears because he’s going […]

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The Point at Manzanita, OR

During our short stay in Astoria, we took the grand tour with our friends to see as much of the area as we could. Greg and Jenn led the way to all their favorite scenic locations. Their secret plan to make us fall in love with Oregon so that we would move there and live […]

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Astoria, Oregon, USA

My dad was born there but somehow in my many years of traveling I have never been to Astoria. It was time to remedy that. With nearly two weeks to spend in the US, and a busy schedule planned, we bookended the trip with Astoria. We spent the first two days and the last two […]

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365 Photo Project – January 2014

Another January has come and gone. Zoooooom! There it went. It’s been a quiet month filled with small things keeping me close to home, but I’ve still found happiness in getting those small things done. This life of international living can sometimes feel very normal. I have chores just like I always have. I still […]

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The Expat List of What To Bring

When you find out you’re moving to another country, one of the big questions to rattle around in your brain is what to put on your packing list. It seems like it’s the biggest topic of conversation for expats. What can I not live without? What do I need to feel more at home? What […]

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You All Live With Me Here

They go through my head as I go through my day. When I climb out of bed and see the city outside my window with the morning light streaming across the rooftops, I think of my cousins. I wish I could show them the colors and the way the sun crosses the northern sky. When […]

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