No Drinking Fountains: Notes from a Thirsty Expat Mom in Dubai

Originally published by elephant journal. “You just have to see this city to believe it,” I found myself emailing friends and family back home in the U.S. several summers ago.The sense of a place striving was thick....more

Rainy Day Driving Tips

Driving in the rain in Southern California can be stressful and dangerous.  Rain brings with it flooding and mudslides in our region.  If you need to travel in the rain, there are steps you can take to be safe.Here are a few tips for coping with your rainy day drive:...more


MAGICAL MALL OF AMERICA!Rena McDaniel November 12, 2014 MINNESOTA, TIPS ...more

Thai Style Fried and Grilled Chicken: Thai roadside specialties.

ไก่ย่าง and ไก่ทอด...more

Leaving and Going and Staying and Adventuring

There´s the classic kind of expat, the one that gets sent to work overseas and takes the family tagging along. These families sometimes live in one country that isn´t their own and sometimes they are constantly moving from one country to the other. Then there´s the retired expat that moves away once they feel it´s time to leave the place they lived and worked for most of their entire adult life. There are the traveling families that never stay in one spot and live off the actual travel (my favorite)....more

Camping is Not Fun. Her is What You Can Do.

Day 7 NaBloPoMo: What is the one place you would never want to go on vacation that other people seem to love? No offense to anyone, but I don't like camping....more
LindaCSmith Thanks for your comment, Linda. You added a much more important point that I ...more

Anywhere But There

NaBloPoMo: Friday, November 7Where is the one place you would never want to go on vacation that other people seem to love? Huntington Beach in California, USA...more

Language Woes and Declarations That I am a Button

Today I yelled out “breasts!” when I fully intended to say, “bye”.It's the vowels that did me in on that one. Soooo humiliating. And just a few days before, I said at an extremely high volume, “HEY, I’m a BUTTON!!”...more

London - Crimea trip July 2014 (part 1)

Here is the story of our trip from London to Crimea July 2014. This Summer break me and my 12 yo son dicided to do something special and went on holiday to Crimean peninsula in the Black Sea. :) Some of our friends were very concern about our safety.  Also there are no direct flights to Crimea from London because of the current political situation......more