Hamburg anyone?

My latest business adventures took me to Hamburg this past week. 5 days in the port city that is connected to the North Sea and as such, it is an incredible hub for shipping. We were attending SMM, known to be the biggest shipping exhibition in the world. And big it was! Staggering really. With…

Third time’s a charm?

There’s no other time of year that we anticipate with as much dread and hope. The furrowed brows and heavy sighs began during what should have been care free summer days. The weight of the new school year is heavy on all of us. The kids, for the fear of the unknown, made so much…

A summer hiatus

Over a month has passed since my last post. Perhaps the longest break since beginning this journey. It wasn’t a planned break but rather a reflection of the pace of life lately and the company we have been keeping. There is a certain pattern that has emerged in my journey with this blog. Creativity, for…

And then there was one.

With the trade in roles of Hausfrau to Hausmann comes the privilege/responsibility of summer holidays. Sunday, Manolo and the kids left for Canada in pursuit of carefree days of summer fun. I am left behind, suffering through the solitude of a quiet, mess-free existence. In all honesty the bliss of the quiet and lack of…

Inexplicable things

This week marked 2 years since we began this adventure. 2 years since we packed up our lives, to the utter shock and dismay of our family, friends and therapists; calling the collective bluff, so to speak. Surprising even ourselves. There have been countless pinch-me moments, fairly constant “wtf” moments and more character defining moments…

Lazy, hazy days of summer…sort of.

We have had a few days recently to feel as though we were on holiday, touring through the Swiss countryside like tourists do. Only we aren’t on holidays. Not yet. You see, those days we were touring Barcelona and Florence earlier this year, while you were cursing us and thinking “must be nice”, those days…

How heavy is your pack?

In case any of you have bought into the illusion that life here has become a string of parties with (read: near) billionaires, I’ll share a glimpse into our true reality. It’s not nearly as glamorous as that last post portrayed. On a day to day basis we continue to struggle with questioning the impact…

Opa!

Well, this past week has been another one from the chronicles of “whose life is this anyhow?” I spent last week on another work trip, this time to Athens for a massive international shipping exhibition. This is the trip I’ve been fretting for some time, knowing that the timing could be quite tragic given my…

For the Ladies

Warning fellas, this one is for the women readers. Mind you, if you have a 40-something-50ish woman in your life, maybe this would be an enlightening read… “Good times, this perimenopausal phase of life”, said no woman, ever. Thank you to all the genetic contributors who have blessed me with early onset. I’m all good…

The Gilmore Girl effect.

It is quite possible that Lorelai Gilmore is to blame for all that is wrong with families today. I didn’t watch Gilmore Girls when it first aired in 2000. I don’t know why, I was definitely watching TV back then. Same reason that I didn’t watch Grey’s Anatomy or Lost or How I Met Your…

Squeeze your mom today.

Living abroad means that you might not get to give your mom an in-person hug on Mother’s Day. But if you’re lucky, like I am, you’ll have a jet-setting mom, who loves to travel, and who comes to visit so you get your Mother’s Day hugs a week early. Last week, while Manolo and the…

Frolicking in Florence

So this last school holiday for the kids provided a chance to explore into Italy a little further than we have to date. Turns out it wasn’t an original idea. I think the whole world was there. All of them signed up for a walking tour which brought them, en-mass, to every single street we…