The Bohemian Teacher

I know my post is a bit late and many people have put Valentine's day behind them. Well, I just received my gifts (prompt much eb*y?) and I thought I should dedicate a post to my adorable 'Valentin'. In France you either have aValentin or a Valentine (pronounced va-lan-taem/ va-lan-teen)....more

Chowin' Healthy in Chattanooga

I had the good fortune of spending some time in Chattanooga, Tennessee recently. One of the greenest cities in America (surprised?) Chattanooga is home to quite a bit of history what with the trail of tears, the famed Chattanooga Choo Choo and its placement on the Tennessee River. It’s a beautiful scenic city with places like Lookout Mountain and its proximity to the Appalachians, there is a lot to do and see in and around the Dynamo of Dixie. But most importantly, there is some awesome vegan, gluten free and overall healthy grub!...more

A Massive Forest Fire Chased Us Through the Wilderness

It was just a bitty little thing, said the rangers who issued the permit for our ten day wilderness canoe trip in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota last fall (Sept 2011).  And it was, at the time.  Just a small fire near our put in point.  It had been started by lightning two weeks earlier....more
Wow! I couldn't imagine! I'm glad you all made it back to safety :) It must have been such a ...more

A Visit to Dubai's Burj Al Arab Hotel

If you go to Dubai you will want to visit Burj Al Arab - probably the world's most luxurious hotel. The building is stunning and is a hallmark of Dubai's skyline. Since a one night stay costs $1,000 to $27,000 per night, I recommend doing the next best thing - go for a cocktail or dinner....more
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The *Sniff* Magic of Disney

I spent two hours the other day desperately trying to reattach the "O" key to the keyboard of my laptop, after I removed it to free a crumb from underneath. Frustrated, and unable to figure out what was wrong with the key, I put it aside and gave up.A few hours later, I awoke from a nap with new enthusiasm, and decided to try again. I reattached it on the first try. The problem? I tried, for two hours, to reattach the key upside down. Clearly, I don't do sick well. I don't do idle time very well, either....more
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Expat Living- An Introduction to my Life

A few months ago, I found an old high school friend on Facebook, she asked me the question that everyone I know, but haven't seen in a long time asks me- 'Where are you now?''Where am I now?' I sometimes think that people assume that if you are not living your native country, you are out traveling the world, living out of a backpack, sleeping in hostels, eating in restaurants, basically on an extended holiday.To her, it seemed strange that I had never returned, she's married, she has children too, but she lives around the corner from her parents. ...more

It's Geeky! A trip to the National Railway Museum

So whilst Izzy and I were visiting Sarah in Leeds, Sarah came up with a cracking idea for a day out. "Right, because you like gadgets, I thought we could visit the National Railway Museum in York," she suggested: "After all, gadgets don't come much bigger than trains." My face lit up, but then I suddenly thought about the consequences; "but people might call me an anorak, and assume that I wear tie-dye clothes and drink lesbian tea," I pointed out, before adding, "especially as it's not so long ago that I went birdwatching. It all adds up you know." ...more

Amsterdam Love

It's about time I shared how we spent Easter this year....more

365 Days of Blessings – Day 111 – Lodgenet

I am thankful for Lodgenet...more

Adventure On!

Here I rest, another Sunday afternoon, waiting for our soup to come to its simmering goodness. Collin is finishing up homework after a two-week break from school, which we spent exploring lovely Italy.  It was quite the experience to say the least, empowering yet humbling.  It wasn’t a true test of our newly acquired and still improving linguistic skills, but they came in handy nonetheless.   My default language has become French, which is amusing.  Collin always chuckled at my French responses to Italian questions....more