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Happy Uzbek Independence Day!

As long-time readers will recall, last year during Uzbekistan’s annual holiday commemoration my husband and I were both still living in Alexandria, Virginia. 317 more words

Foreign Service

China seizes 620 turtles and tortoises, most endangered, in shipment from Vietnam

BEIJING – Chinese border patrol officials seized 620 wild turtles and tortoises – 510 of them considered endangered – that were found alive in a shipment of frozen seafood from Vietnam, state media said Sunday. 164 more words


Galapagos 4


Overnight the ship sailed to a third island, Santa Cruz, the sea was very rough all night. Several of the group had a bad night as a result, but TG I was unaffected. 195 more words

The Galapagos & The Andes

Your Questions Answered

This blog post is dedicated to the people who sent me questions about my life here in Uzbekistan via Facebook, LinkedIn, and email. If you have a question you would like me to answer in an upcoming post, please contact me through one of those mediums or comment this post to let me know! 2,279 more words

Foreign Service

Enrichment: Providing Mental Well-Being for Your Tortoise

What is enrichment?  The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Behavior Scientific Advisory Group (BAG) defines enrichment as “a dynamic process for enhancing animal environments within the context of the animals’ behavioral biology and natural history.”  But what the heck does that actually mean, right?  1,436 more words


Life Lately

I’ve unintentionally been on hiatus from blogging for the last few weeks, as I ramp up to meet new responsibilities and additional training at work. All is going well and I have plenty to keep me occupied. 895 more words

Foreign Service

An indoor child's dream jobs circa 2015

1) Japanese-English Translator

2) Music Writer

3) Darkroom Assistant

4) Singer In The Club Style

5) Radio Man

6) Lover Man

7) Jungle Man

8) Gentleman Boxer… 147 more words

Navel Gazing