Insights From Abroad: Revelations, Quandaries, and Hilarities, Episode 3

BambinoOne too many meltdowns in the last month had Ben and I hell bent on finding a playground for our kids to just run, without risk of being hit by a car/donkey/bajaj/motorcycle or just simply losing them into an unmarked abyss on the sidewalk. After consulting the guidebook, Father Ubald’s niece directed us to a … Continue reading Insights From Abroad: Revelations, Quandaries, and Hilarities, Episode 3

Insights From Abroad: Revelations, Quandaries, and Hilarities, Episode 2

Bathrooms, toilet(te)s, water closets, long drops, call them what you will. We all need one and when you’ve got to go, especially while traveling in a developing country, it can be it's very own adventure. While staying at the lodge in the Simiens in Ethiopia, our oldest daughter needed to use the bathroom during dinner. … Continue reading Insights From Abroad: Revelations, Quandaries, and Hilarities, Episode 2

Make Joy

Father Ubald held his chin and furrowed his brow. Several moments passed as he considered our request. Traveling with kids is not a common practice for him, and we knew we were throwing him a curveball here. “Yes!” Came his response, emphatically. “We shall go and make joy for the children!” Relief washed over us. … Continue reading Make Joy

Harar

Our final adventure in Ethiopia was in the eastern part of the country, in a small walled town called Harar. Some fun factoids about Harar: 1. Largely Muslim, it is considered the 4th holiest city of Islam. 2. It has been named an UNESCO world-heritage site for living out its mantra of "peace, tolerance, and … Continue reading Harar

Insights From Abroad: Revelations,Quandaries, and Hilarities. Episode 1

I'm really excited about this little series, because a) I have a lot of material and b) I like to infuse my writing with just a little bit of snark. I’ll make various installments throughout our time abroad, and I hope I have enough cyberspace to fit it all, because after two weeks there’s already … Continue reading Insights From Abroad: Revelations,Quandaries, and Hilarities. Episode 1

Gelada Love

It’s hard to believe we have been in Ethiopia for over 2 weeks. The kids handled the trans-Atlantic flight like champs, thanks to unlimited screen time, exorbitant amounts of juice, and a pretty rad kids gift bag from the Ethiopian Airline hostesses complete with coloring, a stuffy, a puzzle, and more (you will hear repeatedly … Continue reading Gelada Love