I love back-to-school. Fresh pencils. Fresh notebooks. Fresh possibilities. I feel the same about a new year. In the US, it is the time we are encouraged to change things up. Cut things out that weren't working. Quit. Start. New plan. New schedule. We are encouraged to make new, better choices. Anything can happen. We … Continue reading back-to-school
December 2, 2011 was the 40th anniversary of the formation of the UAE (United Arab Emirates). Things you need to know: this country is only 40 years old. It formed from seven tribal states into one super rich country sitting on loads of oil. The guy who united them all is very impressive (late UAE … Continue reading My first foreign National Day
Our spectacular summer vacation of 2012 came into be with this one question: "How can we take advantage of our layover on the way back to the USA, and turn it into a vacation?" Most of the flights with layovers were through London. We didn't really want to spend this vacation with millions of our … Continue reading How to fly to Ireland for $100
Tips for living in a hotel
Where to find sea turtles in the Arab Peninsula.
While we lived in the desert, we had the chance to attend the International Falconry Festival right in our town. Things you need to know: Falcons are the ultimate companion/hunter/pet in the United Arab Emirates. Etihad Airlines allows falcons in the cabin with their owners. These birds are carefully bred, expensive to buy, and treasured … Continue reading International Falconry Festival
How to drive in a roundabout.
Traveling to Muscat, Oman usually involves a few trips back in time. On one visit, we got up a little after dawn, and headed to the shore for the local fresh fish market (market = souq, pronounced "sook"). In the crisp morning air, clutching our tea in styrofoam cups, walking in the sand between straw mats, … Continue reading Oman Fish Souq
What is geocaching?
Throwing Rocks off a mountain