Pipestone National Monument

Off the Beaten Path – Pipestone National Monument

I think there are two kinds of travelers in the world – those that make a plan and stick to it and those who are willing to wander and make the plan up as they go. One of my summer adventures was a roadtrip with my friend Julie of Wisconsin Parent.  I’m sure we get along so well because we have pretty similar likes and dislikes. We also are pretty laid back and tend to “go with the flow.” Our scheduled trip was taken to do some exploring without our kids (as we both travel frequently with our children), and have…

Back to School for Global Kids

Back to School for Global Kids

Has summer flown by for you? It sure has for me! Between traveling, spending time with family and taking part in lots of events time has run it’s course. In a little over a week we’ll be back on an airplane home to Morocco. Because we’ve been so busy I haven’t had much time to go shopping and stock up on the things we’d like to take back. One big priority was to get the boys some new clothes for school, especially long sleeve and warmer clothing. The selection of these types of things in Morocco is limited, and while…

Midweek Minneapolis Getaway with IHG Rewards Club

Midweek Minneapolis Getaway with IHG Rewards Club

I’ve always felt incredibly fortunate that we’ve had the opportunity to travel all over the world with our family. However, in doing so I’ve often neglected to explore the areas that we called home. While we have wasted no time traveling around Morocco it wasn’t until this summer that I really spent time close to the areas where I grew up. Whether it was camping in Upper Michigan, a ladies trip through the Midwest or this midweek getaway to Minneapolis, we have had lots of adventures! With the help of IHG’s Rewards Club my mom and I took the boys…

Camping in Upper Michigan

Camping in Upper Michigan

Can it be possible that our summer in the United States is almost over? The boys and  I have been spending lots of time with friends and family as well as on the road traveling and visiting places near and far. When I first booked our tickets I thought seven weeks might be too long, but what we’ve seen is it’s barely scratching the surface. It’s been quiet here, I’ve simply found it hard to work while balancing everything else, but the good news is there are lots of posts coming where I’ll be sharing the fun that we’ve had.…

Secret Son: Moroccan Literature in Review

Do you remember what the first book you read in translation was? I’ve always been drawn to books that were originally published in other languages, or that have loose use of multiple languages in the text. As a part of Multicultural Kid Blogs Read Around the World Summer Reading Series bloggers from around the world are sharing their book reviews of multicultural (and sometimes multilingual too) books for kids of all ages. Mondays are for ages 5 and under, Wednesdays for children 6-10, and Fridays for tweens and older. You can also see all of the recommendations on our Summer…

Should I Worry about Ebola in Morocco?

For months we’ve been watching the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. I think the first mention was in February and while reports have ebbed and flowed,we have of course kept it on our radar. Just last week I noticed mention of it on the American news when one of the patients from West Africa was being transferred to the United States. I’ve gotten a few questions from people about whether or not they should be considered about this when visiting Morocco. The simple answer is no.  But there is a need to at least keep your radar up. There…

finding home when you're an expat

Defining {Home} When You’re an Expat

“Home is not where you live, but where they understand you” ~ Christian Morganstern quotes “Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” ~ Matsuo Basho I’ve been grappling with the concept of home from the moment I stepped on the plane earlier this month. When people ask, “where are you going?” Do I say, “Oh, we’re going home!” But are we really going home? After a few days at my mom’s house MarocBaba asked how it was and I definitively told him, “this doesn’t feel like home anymore.” Then last weekend as we stayed near where…

{Guest Post} Caity from Where the Heart Is

There are thousands of American expats around the world and I love sharing their stories! Caity studied in London during university and has decided to take the plunge and become a full-time expat. If you’re thinking about making the move or you’re already an expat, her post shines light into the desire to do it and the sometimes difficult things you may have to hear when you go public with your dream. It’s a tough road, when everything you want is a worlds away.  And I mean this literally – my dreams were on the other side of the world.…