The Year of Potter

I now live in a parallel universe where the magical world of Harry Potter is alive and well. Every day is full of Quidditch matches in the yard, magical duels in the house, and an unceasing litany of preference questions regarding every last detail of the fictional world created by J.K. Rowling. Last January, as the pollution levels rose higher and higher, Momma S and … Continue reading The Year of Potter

Mt. Korab: Beauty & Pain

For those who just want the facts, these are the facts: Mr. Korab is the highest peak in North Macedonia, fourth highest on the Balkan Peninsula, at 2764 meters (9066 feet). Located near the border of North Macedonia, Albania, and Kosovo, it is a little over 90 minutes to the turn off from Skopje, then another 30-45 minutes on rough gravel road. I would rate … Continue reading Mt. Korab: Beauty & Pain

R1204: A Little Adventure

Our time abroad is primarily involved in a series of little excursions. More or less, these are last minute attempts to keep the kids distracted and Daddy D happy with a small sense of adventure on any random weekend. The ideal adventure is to an unknown place with something breathtaking to view, unique to experience, or simply odd and unusual. R1204 contains the odd and … Continue reading R1204: A Little Adventure

Ramblings of a Lovesick Daddy D

In theory, this blog is supposed to be about parenting abroad. Instead, lately is has largely functioned to provide selected anecdotes of the various “adventures” that we embark on while living abroad. This is primarily for two reasons: 1) even though we are publishing a blog; we still have a need to maintain privacy 2) I have found parenting (abroad or domestic) to be a … Continue reading Ramblings of a Lovesick Daddy D

Makta Morning

In my head, Makta Canyon is my favorite place near Skopje. Stunning natural beauty, numerous hiking options, boating, kayaking, caves, idealic canyon perched restaurants and yummy macchiato…Makta Canyon has it all and is only 20 minutes (driving) from my door. In reality, my visits to Makta Canyon are flavored with the uniqueness of the Brothers K and M. So the above description becomes: stunning natural … Continue reading Makta Morning

Copenhagen: A Family Getaway

Mist rolling off cold canals, drifting up through the rigging of moored ships held fast near the colorful stone and brick eighteenth century buildings of Nyhavn. I, sitting at a table with a cold ale in my hand, my lovely wife warm under a provided wool blanket, and the rich smell of fish and chips wafting in on us as we watch the sun set … Continue reading Copenhagen: A Family Getaway

Gostivar Bus Tragedy

Last night there was a bus accident and 13 passengers died. The bus was a commuter bus from Skopje to Gostivar. 13 people died and I did not blink an eye. In the wake of this accident, the town of Demir Kapja canceled their prized event of the year, the Sveti Trifun manifestation. Staff in my office seemed very saddened and concerned for this accident … Continue reading Gostivar Bus Tragedy