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

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

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

The “Good Father” Litmus Test

I am in Barcelona for a workshop, met up with other participants and are headed out on the town for some wonderful streetside dinner.  As the herd of foreigners slowly swarm down the streets, the conversation quickly turns to our children and loved ones (um…not that those are different) left behind.  During this exchange, three points highlighted if you were a good Father/Mother. Do you … Continue reading The “Good Father” Litmus Test