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

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

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

Megalithic Observatory

Our family thrives on adventure, which means we can’t stay home all day. This winter break has been rather long with the kids out of school and holidays that will continue until the 7th of January. So, we spent a couple of days inside the house playing board games, eating delivered pizza, and watching too much television. On Dec. 31st, my hubby decided that we … Continue reading Megalithic Observatory

Manscaping Abroad: The Beard

It has been argued that the biggest challenge in living abroad is getting your hair cut. Having lived in eight countries, nothing brings me as much anxiety as doing just that. A haircut abroad is a continuous negotiation of language, style, and personal tolerance for unexpected outcomes. This is not to say that personal grooming overseas does not have some benefits too. In Bangladesh, I … Continue reading Manscaping Abroad: The Beard

Graffiti: A Lesson in Perception

“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.” – Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall. I am fascinated by graffiti and seek it out throughout my travels. Graffiti is a rebellion against the … Continue reading Graffiti: A Lesson in Perception