Category Archives: Family

My man Murdo

I’ve written before about my ongoing investigations into the roots of the MacIver family tree. But despite many research hours spent in Lewis and Harris’s libraries, cemeteries, and family history center, I’d come away from previous visits unable to “cross the water.” On this trip I was … Continue reading

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Scilly Isles

Our friend Julia enthusiastically recommended many beautiful places for Alekka and me to visit in Cornwall this summer, but chief among them were the Isles of Scilly. Julia and her husband liked it there so much there that they named children after two … Continue reading

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Graduation Day

It was graduation day yesterday for my little Pookie. It’s trite, I know, but it seems like only yesterday she was reading Where’s Spot and illustrating Wolfy stories. Now she reads post-colonial Nigerian literature and writes up reports for USAID on agricultural development programs in rural … Continue reading

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Senior prom

Senior prom, ICS Addis Ababa style. High school prom plans are often complicated, but perhaps even more so when you are an international student.  Alekka’s British boyfriend graduated from ICS last year; this year he is enrolled at a university … Continue reading

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Dire Dawa

My son Kosta came to visit us in Ethiopia last week. It was his spring break – he’s a graduate student at University of Wisconsin – but unfortunately not ours.  I think we managed to keep him entertained pretty well … Continue reading

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Bonne année et bonne santé

Phase two of our tripartite winter holiday: New Year’s in Strasbourg. The weather was cold and there was snow on the ground. We sampled the things that France is famous for: great food, shopping, art The shopping district was beautifully decorated … Continue reading

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Joyeux Noël

From Dubai, Alekka and I flew to the Frankfurt airport where Andreas soon joined us from Cairo. We picked up our rental car and made a run for the French border. We got to Mulhouse in time to visit the Christmas market (vin chaud!) followed by a … 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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Lights out

Alekka filming a cooking video at home on “how to bake bread” for her Spanish class. Papi, encender el generador! Yup, this is pretty much how the baking has been going lately.

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Lest we forget

Virtually every village in Britain, no matter how small, has a World War I memorial monument in the town center which once a year on Remembrance Day is decorated with wreaths of red poppies. In the UK you can can … Continue reading

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