Hike Tajikistan, Finally

Only took nearly two years to do Hike Tajikistan

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Buzkashi

Buzkashi is one of those cultural experiences you simply must have if you spend any lengthy amount of time in Central Asia. I would equate the experience to witnessing a bull fight in Spain – which I did in 2008. You simply must go since it’s such an integral part of the culture, but you […]

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Turkey Day Delivery

As a child I wasn’t a big fan of Thanksgiving. It was fun to stay home from school and see my family, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the food. I realize this is a controversial stance. Even my current self looks back at my child self with judgement. Two years ago, I cooked […]

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“What’s Wrong?”

I really hate the question “what’s wrong?” sometimes. Not always, but sometimes. Sometimes what’s wrong can be easily fixed. “My head hurts.” Take some medicine. “I’m tired.” Go to sleep. “That picture on the wall is crooked.” Ok, weirdo, go straighten it. These are all simple problems that warrant simple solutions. But lately, when people ask […]

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Tajik Art

One thing that pleasantly surprised me when we arrived in Dushanbe last summer was the abundance of beautiful artwork available in Dushanbe. I knew there would be a plethora of handicrafts such a suzanis, wood carving, knives, and so on. But was wasn’t prepared to be blown away by the paintings. In Dushanbe, in an […]

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Seven Bridges

Tajikistan has been our home for 15 months now. That’s a crazy-long time! It’s hard to believe sometimes since it still feels like we just got here some days. 15 months is also a crazy-long time to go before going on our first legitimate hike. Frankly, it’s embarrassing. I’m not going to sit here and […]

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CLO Training

One cool thin about working in the Community Liaison Office (CLO) is they will actually send us to training. By “they” I mean our mothership the Family Liaison Office (FLO) in Washington. Do you know how cool it is to be an EFM and get paid to go to training? I don’t think any other […]

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Lately It’s So Quiet

Relatively speaking, September has been an uneventful month. Tajikistan celebrated its 25th Independence Day on September 9, but Sean and I were simultaneously not important enough to be invited to the celebrations and too jet lagged to leave the house for a few days. We did catch a glimpse of the fireworks from our bedroom […]

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Observations in America

After being gone for a year I noticed a lot of things in my two weeks back to the homeland. Here’s a list of silly observations for your reading enjoyment. Portion sizes are huge! I has the hardest time finishing my food for the first week. We went to Blackwall Hitch in Alexandria for restaurant week and […]

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Taking a Breath

When we left for Dushanbe last summer I had it in my head that we wouldn’t return to the U.S. for a full two years. That solidified after the longest travel day of my life with three animals, six suitcases, and one crabby husband (ok, I was the crabby one). I was not in a […]

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