The Backyard We Didn’t Ask For

Our family recently relocated from rural Romania to urban San Diego, California, USA.  The southern California climate is known for encouraging an element of indoor/outdoor living.  Its outdoorsy culture cannot be overstated.  I was not surprised, therefore, to discover that San Diego’s version of Central Park – Balboa Park – recently created a nature play… Read More The Backyard We Didn’t Ask For

Learning in Africa

We spent most of the month of July in Namibia, Zambia and Tanzania with family.  Here are a few things I learned. 1. Washing clothes by hand cleans your fingernails and stretches your hamstrings.  Sometimes, while traveling, washing machines are available.  Sometimes they are not.  In Africa, it seems Westerners are often content to wear… Read More Learning in Africa

A Demolition, and other forms of unplanned entertainment in Europe

It was a dinosaur.  There’s no other way to describe the gnashing, crushing jaws, and the swaying neck that toppled the wall into rubble and sent the roof collapsing.  In minutes, smiling faces were buried under piles of Lisbon ceramic roof tiles, twisted rebar and mangled air conditioners.  We were fascinated, pausing longer than intended… Read More A Demolition, and other forms of unplanned entertainment in Europe