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Unexpected day off

Bank holidays in the UK have a delightful way of sneaking up on an expat and leaving him with an unexpected day off. When I realized that I didn’t need to go in to work on Monday, I cracked open my Rick Steves and Lonely Planet and looked for an easy last minute day trip. […]

Almost chez moi

It’s official —  I have a place to live!!  Tenancy agreement signed, check-in inspection complete, and keys in hand.  And oh, what keys! The reader-of-gothic-novels in me got childishly happy when the leasing agent handed over two skeleton keys.  It just feels so, well, English of me to be living in an 18th Century building full […]

This is what civilization looks like

Two types of sparkling water (plus regular flat) on tap in the kitchen at work.

And just like that, I’m back

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

Chicago Saturday

Our Saturday in Chicago was simple:   We started with brunch at the Cherry Circle Room with Vanessa and Steven.  The restaurant was in a building that had formerly been an old-school gentlemen’s athletic club (think dark wood paneling, leather chesterfield sofas, and cigars–not Gold’s Gym). apparently gentlemen like duelingbunnies on their plates Brunch was delicious […]

Back already

Well, we’re back. Took off from Delhi at 9:50pm on Sunday and landed in Seattle at 6:55am on Monday. That’s only about 9 hours by the clock, but about 20 hours of real-time travel.  We had a great time, and I wish we could have stayed longer. I also wish we’d had more reliable internet […]

Old Delhi

Terrific first day in India! We spent the day exploring Old Delhi, which pretty much embodies the term “sensory overload”. It was crowded and noisy and dirty and hot — and so very fascinating to experience. There’s more to say, but jet lag and an early flight to Udaipur weigh in favor of sleep. So […]

We made it!

Twenty-two hours of travel is all it takes to go from Seattle to New Delhi. We stepped off the plane into warm, muggy air full of smoke and were greeted by an exuberant welcome from giant “namaste” hands on the wall. Customs was a breeze (we did the legwork for visas online ahead of time) […]

Off to India!

Holy cow, this year’s big trip is here already — we’re off to explore the Subcontinent! Getting there is part of the adventure. We left Friday morning and after 14.5 hours in the air, we touched down in Dubai.  It’s super impressive to see this city that has basically been built from scratch in only […]

Happy New Year!

Ringing in the New Year in style from the Big Apple. Here’s to 2016!

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