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A travel & lifestyle blog about life in the US Foreign Service, with a perspective gained from experiences abroad & influenced by parenthood and military…
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SEA Semester Voyage Summary
In 1996, I was fortunate to participate in a truly life-changing adventure with SEA Semester aboard the R/V Westward.
a map with red markers on it showing where the train is
Europe Trip 1997 Summary (E97)
As it turns out, a flight to Europe was cheaper than flying home for Spring Break. So, that's what I did. I visited England, Wales, and th...
a map with red pins pointing to different locations in france and the surrounding area where there is no traffic
Europe Trip 1999 Summary (E99)
Ever had to change your plans for a trip to Europe at the very last minute? Here's what happened when I had to. Overall, a pretty good sav...
two maps showing the location of iceland's major cities and where they are located
Europe Trip 2001 Summary
This page getting a tune-up (June 2015). Links and stuff will go here. Advertisement Related Posts: Eurotrip 1997: England,...
a map showing the location of germany and its major cities in red, with pins pointing to where they are located
Europe Trip 2002 Summary
Fixin' it up real nice, June 2015 Advertisement Related Posts: Eurotrip 1997: England, Wales, & the Netherlands Eurotrip 199...
the route map for costa rica showing where to go and what to see in this area
Our South American Adventure Begins!
In our first international trip together, Kacey and I decided that we'd visit several locations in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. ...
a map showing the route of europe and england in three different directions, including cities
Baltic Cruise
Our cruise aboard the Celebrity Constellation Date Port/City May 09 Amsterdam , Holland May ...
a map showing the route for europe and asia
Cruising the Adriatic and Aegean
Aboard the Costa Fortuna Our Itinerary: 4/20/09 Venice , Italy 4/21/09 Bari , Italy 4/22/09 K...
a map with several destinations on it, including cuba and the west atlantic region in mexico
Cruising around the Gulf of Mexico
We're taking an extended family vacation this week, including grandparents, aunts and cousins. After driving from Pensacola to New Orleans ...
This last week was a great time to get out of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: the schools were out for Eid al-Adha, the government was shut down becau... Istanbul, Pamukkale, People, Jeddah, Eid Al Adha, Jeddah Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia, Eid, Turkish People
Our Family Vacation to Turkey
This last week was a great time to get out of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: the schools were out for Eid al-Adha, the government was shut down becau...
an old red rug with black and yellow designs
TDY to Turkmenistan
The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations has more projects than they have people to staff them full time, so Foreign Service Construction...
two people riding camels in the desert
Jordan Trip Summary
Over four days, we saw some of the most famous attractions in Jordan: Petra , Wadi Rum , and the Dead Sea . Truly amazing scenery, and so ma...
Our family of four (plus one set of grandparents) took a Nile River cruise from Luxor to Aswan during the kids' Spring Break from school. We... Luxor, Family Of Four, Foreign Travel, Family, Nile River Cruise, Parenthood, Spring Break Kids
Nile Cruise Summary
Our family of four (plus one set of grandparents) took a Nile River cruise from Luxor to Aswan during the kids' Spring Break from school. We...
Our family of four spent a little over a week in Sri Lanka and covered quite a bit of territory. From animal safaris in the jungle to Buddhi...
Sri Lanka Family Vacation Summary
Our family of four spent a little over a week in Sri Lanka and covered quite a bit of territory. From animal safaris in the jungle to Buddhi...
two boats floating in the middle of a large body of water with mountains in the background
Oman Excursions
We visited Oman two different times for a long weekend each time. We enjoyed our time there so much that it made sense to create a summary p...