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This post is somewhat afield of my usual themes, though if you’re a regular reader you’ve probably caught on that genealogy is one of my hobbies. This summer I decided to pony up $100 to get my DNA analyzed. There are a couple of … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Hotel Grand Richmond

We are all just prisoners here, of our own device The government of Thailand has had a ban on incoming international passenger flights since April. The only exceptions other than emergency landings are for military planes and repatriation flights chartered … Continue reading

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Bangkok, at last (part two)

Toward the end of June, our moving plans started to get a lot more complicated. The direct flight I had booked on United was cancelled. The Cairo airport was closed until further notice.There were no future commercial flights scheduled from … Continue reading

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Bangkok, at last (part one)

We decided a while back that 2020 would be the year we’d leave Egypt. Andreas would take his retirement and I would find a new job that would take us somewhere new and different. Last fall I spent evenings and … Continue reading

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“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit. I’ve … Continue reading

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Black and White Deserts

I’m still struggling to write about my trip to Lesvos. When I first got back to Cairo I felt like I needed a few days’ distance to explain it well. But almost immediately the refugee situation in Europe changed dramatically, and … Continue reading

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Short break

Happily for us, the school calendar this year includes several long weekends. I find these holidays a bit too brief for international trips but they are perfect for exploring in-country locations. There are plenty of short-break destinations in Egypt that are easily … Continue reading

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Edinburgh is a literary city. Maybe it’s the winters: we were here for a week in February 2012 and I’ll attest that the weather then was perfect for broody author types (and reader types too). It’s no wonder “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” … Continue reading

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UCAS for Dummies (and Americans… not saying they are the same thing)

This is a very long post about how to apply to a UK college, a topic of immediate concern around our house. If this subject interests you, read on; if not, I won’t be insulted if you choose to skip … Continue reading

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I didn’t know much about what there was to see in Africa before moving here. In fact I didn’t know much about Africa at all (if that sounds like you, too, take a look at this video. You might be … Continue reading

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