(Alicia’s) 10 Years of International Life

May 2017 was a big milestone that passed by without mention, probably because of the busy-ness of international school life: 10 years since I graduated from Hope College!  I went from living in MI for 21 years to spreading my wings and living in 4 different countries 10 years later!  Along the way, I’ve picked … Continue reading (Alicia’s) 10 Years of International Life

How My 2016 New Years Resolution Had a “Trickle-Down Effect”

For the entire 2016 calendar year, I committed myself to the next step in becoming more of a minimalist. In order to accomplish this, I made a New Year's Resolution to not buy any clothes for an entire year. I had many fashionista friends tell me I'm crazy and that it's a terrible idea, but … Continue reading How My 2016 New Years Resolution Had a “Trickle-Down Effect”

Shocker #1

This will be the first in a series of posts that illustrates PashbyMaul's musings about reverse culture shock as we reintegrate into American life for the next 6 weeks.  Keep in mind that we're comparing our experience of life in the Veneto, Italy to small/mid-size-town America.  This is not done to criticize one culture or the … Continue reading Shocker #1

Day 1: Celebrating the Italian Spirit

This is it folks. Our last day in Italy for the foreseeable future. I'm writing from the Alitalia lounge at Venice Marco Polo Airport, thanks to Drew's gold status. Fond memories lighten my spirits and I realize that I never really touched upon what it is about the Italian spirit that is so compelling and … Continue reading Day 1: Celebrating the Italian Spirit