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Next stop, Equatorial Guinea!

I am damn pleased to announce that I’ve accepted a handshake to be the Management Officer at Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. We’ll leave Jerusalem next April, spend several months in DC, then arrive in Malabo in January 2018. This is a bit insider baseball to those not familiar with the Foreign Service, but very briefly, just because we get jobs as diplomats doesn’t guarantee awesome postings for the rest of our...

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How this Working Mom got Suckered Again, or, Happy Halloween

I swore last year that I wasn’t going to make the kids’ costumes again, and yet somehow, I ended up doing it again this year. At least I had the sense to buy basic items and make only the logos and accessories. The problem is that I find homemade costumes utterly charming, and also, that I am cheap.  I am unwilling to purchase a $50 costume when I can make it for...

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a once-in-a-lifetime hike that everyone should do. The bulk of the ruins are easy walks that can be done with toddlers or parents, and there hikes for the more adventuresome as well.  There are a million blgoposts detailing the history of Machu Picchu. Go read them. I’m going to describe our amazing day here . We woke up before dawn to take the train to Agues Calientes,...

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Inca Ruins, Ollantaytambo

So we’d have enough time to explore the Inca ruins in Ollantaytambo (or Ollanta), we spent several nights there, using it as our base to explore the Sacred Valley.  Ollantaytambo was the site of the Inca’s last resistance against the Spanish, and sits at over 9,000 feet above sea level. Yes. That’s high. But not as high as some of the touristing we did on our way in through the Sacred...

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Olive Picking on the Mount of Olives

Saturday morning, we drove to the Mount of Olives and picked olives as Jerusalemites have been doing for thousands of years. The technique of harvesting olives is simple.  Wait until the olives begin to ripen, then rake the lives out of a tree. In our case, at the Lutheran World Federation, the caretakers had spread thick black tarps under the tree to catch the olives as we raked them. After...

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What I’ve Been Reading – 10/21/16

What the Chef Rick Bayless Can’t Travel Without I love these peeks into what pro-travelers always bring with them. I can’t decide whether it’s precious or weird or awesome, but I love the idea of keeping a spool of ribbon in my bag to dress up gifts. Since we’ve switched from hotels to AirBnB, through, we’ve noticed a lot less need to bring along extra stuff. For Immigrants ‘Broken Into...

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Exploring the Sacred Valley in Peru

After almost a week in Lima, it was a relief to arrive in Cuzco and begin touring the Sacred Valley in Peru. We’d planned three nights in Ollantaytambo and one night in Cuzco. It sounded reasonable, but in retrospect, we should have added another few nights and cut short our return trip through Lima. After landing in Cuzco, we hopped in a car with the guide we’d arranged through our...

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Yom Kippur in Jerusalem

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. On this “Sabbath of Sabbaths,” the entire country shuts down. As non-Jewish visitors to Jerusalem, we don’t always get to observe the religious side of holidays (and are conscious of appropriation as well); however, that doesn’t stop us from appreciating the secular benefits of a Jerusalem without any traffic We, and several similarly-minded local families, took our kids bike riding down Begin...

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Getting Back into a Routine, Any Routine

For my kids, routine is magical. After a week of non-routine, including long weekends, brunches, friends in town, friends over for dinner, play dates, their father finally starting work at the Consulate (YAAAAAAAAS!), and a million other reasons to disrupt their routine, this week, we returned to “normal.” The kids gotup and went to school. They came home, ate dinner, watched a cartoon, and went to bed (or fell asleep...

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Nine Awesome Things to do in Lima

A friend got married in Lima and invited Bertrand and I. Of course we went, and we had an amazing time. Bertrand and I hadn’t taken a vacation together without the kids since Jasmine was born. Somehow, we convinced my parents that watching a two-year-old and a four-year-old for eleven days wouldn’t be an imposition, so we were able to travel to Peru on our own without rugrats. Neither of...