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Bangkok Sensory Overload

  Arriving in Bangkok for the very first time we experienced very quickly what I termed BSO, Bangkok Sensory Overload.  Visually Bangkok is “busy” with a lot of people 8 million in fact, wearing between them a lot of smiles. Traffic … Continue reading

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On the move….to Bangkok, Thailand

In the summer of 2013, after six years living in Atyrau, western Kazakhstan a true hardship assignment we have our new marching orders; Bangkok, Thailand and, we are very happy about it.  Moving house is one thing, moving jobs, country, … Continue reading

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middle Middle

Our middle child and tallest graduated Middle School in the summer of 2013.  After six years living in Kazakhstan and attending DAIS it was time to move on to something larger than a school with 50 kids and only eight … Continue reading

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The West Coast of Scotland

Early spring 2013 we revisited the north west coast of Scotland with purpose in mind.  Staying at The Torridon Hotel situated on the edge of Loch Torridon we came together as a family to enjoy the natural world of the … Continue reading

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Paris in the Spring Time

My tall little girl turned 14, and for her birthday we left Kazakhstan and took a girls trip to Paris for four days.  My folks came too for the multi-generational experience.  We went up the Eiffel Tower and enjoyed dinner … Continue reading

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Cambridge Reunion

The first week in the New Year saw us in Cambridge, England enjoying a big family reunion with my husband’s side of the family. From Australia to Kazakhstan and Bristol to London, we celebrated my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday. In total … Continue reading

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Christmas Traditions

Christmas Eve family church service snowing & wrapped up warm, last minute Christmas shopping, walking through Breckenridge enjoying the lights.  Hanging the stockings by the fireplace, setting out the goodies for Santa & his reindeers (still).  Christmas morning opening presents, … Continue reading

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Angles in Architecture

We had never built a house before.  So a few years ago, when we decided to go ahead, we spent a significant amount of time researching architects and were very happy to finally get to work with Hagman Architects based … Continue reading

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The Old and The New

Atyrau is an interesting and slowly changing city.  The main roads in the city are lined with gleaming glass fronted modern office buildings, interspersed with Soviet style apartment blocks.  The back streets are lined with a mishmash of old wooden … Continue reading

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It’s not Sainsbury’s or Safeway’s

Shopping has always been an adventure in Atyrau not knowing what you are going to be able to buy, and having to go to at least three or four markets or shops across town.  One thing is for sure that … Continue reading

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