Things Ryder Says: April 2017

April 23, 2017 Read the full article →
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On my stolen phone: Mom, can we eat at the restaurant with the camel, where you got your phone stolen? I didn’t get it stolen at the Indian restaurant in Cape Town, I got it stolen at the McDonalds in Chile [in December 2015]. I want to go back to the restaurant in Chile. Why? […]

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A Year of Highlights with Ryder

March 27, 2017 Read the full article →
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Why haven’t I written about Ryder for a year? I don’t know. For a while I gave monthly updates. Once the baby stage is over, the milestones aren’t as apparent. And so it goes. And time races on. Here’s an overview of what the last year was like for this third culture kid. He and […]

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The Miraculous Story of the South African Visa

March 10, 2017 Read the full article →
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It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes the work of government workers, TSA agents, baggage claim lost and found workers, and more to ship Kalli, Jacob, and Ryder to South Africa in one piece. It started with my ambivalence to commit. Yes, it should come as no surprise after 8 years […]

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The Snowball Effect of 2016

February 14, 2017 Read the full article →
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I don’t want half the year to go by before I have a chance to take a moment to think over the year. Consider this our Christmas card of sorts. Check out my month-to-month countries visited, best moments, what was going down, and what I was reading. Looking back over this year, I feel like […]

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Is An Interrail Pass Worth It? AKA Conquering Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein in 9 Days

December 4, 2016 Read the full article →
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Short Answer: No. No you should not. You should get a bus pass from a company like Flixbus. Longer Answer: Ryder and I found ourselves with two weeks vacation and a chance to visit a friend in Switzerland from high school. Then, naturally, my mind normally begins whirring to try to fit in another country […]

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Searching for Hope

November 22, 2016 Read the full article →

In 2012, I barely registered there was an election going on. I was pregnant with Ryder, and it was the furthest thing from my mind in Mexico City. I noted with amusement my mom’s borderline crush on Mitt Romney—he even made our family newsletter—but it didn’t make that much difference to me whether Obama was […]

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Denmark: A Country That Actually Seems to Want You to Visit

October 29, 2016 Read the full article →
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I wrote recently that Amsterdam was probably what heaven would look like for me. But if it was your child who wanted to come up with what could be the ideal place to spend eternity, it would probably look something like Denmark. In a lot of countries you go to, it almost feels like visitors […]

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My Favorite Countries to Visit 2016 Update

October 20, 2016 Read the full article →
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It’s time for the new annual rankings, with 10 new countries to add. It’s been an incredible year of highs and lows- three new spots in the top 10 with South Africa, Antarctica, and the Netherlands- and four in the bottom 10 with Belgium, Uruguay, Chile, and the Falkland Islands. I ranked the countries based […]

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I’ve Arrived to My Idea of Heaven

August 29, 2016 Read the full article →
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Am I in heaven? Really if I could close my eyes and conjure up what life after death entails, Amsterdam is almost IT. And I never even knew until I arrived… THE FOOD It’s fresh, it’s organic, it’s everywhere. It’s expensive, so often I just get one meal a day but it’s something to daydream […]

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Chiang Mai, Why?

August 19, 2016 Read the full article →
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(Warning: This is kind of a hater post. Sorry.) Thailand is beloved among travellers and I wanted so much to like it, that despite it failing to thoroughly impress the first go round, I booked us a trip there again just to give it a second chance. This time to Chiang Mai, top digital nomad […]

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