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The Care and Feeding of Missionaries

The Care and Feeding of Missionaries

A while ago I wrote a post about some of the annoying things people say to returned missionaries, which you can find here if you didn’t read it. I got responses from fellow TCKs and missionaries who knew just what I meant, but I also had people asking what things should be said. It’s a hard question to answer. You know, ranting is a lot easier than guiding people along the paths of righteousness and good etiquette. 🙂 That’s why my blog…

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A New York City Christmas

A New York City Christmas

New York City is a bit of a difficult place for me to write about. It managed to get its clutches in me when I first went years ago, and every time I go back I love it just a little more. It’s a mad, swirling mess of humanity packed into too small of a space, but somehow, that’s part of its magic. From the crowds overrunning Fifth Avenue to see the lights, to the homeless people huddled in the…

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Gone Gallivanting

Gone Gallivanting

Ahoy there, I know it’s time for my usual Thursday post, but today I am off to New York City, so I will instead be over-excitedly bombarding your social media with pictures. A few of my friends and I have been planning this trip for months, and I’m not gonna lie, I am overwhelmed with excitement. I mean, New York over the holidays! The Strand Bookstore! Dumplings and bubble tea and bagels and gyros! We’re even taking in a Broadway…

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Travel Guide to Ohio

Travel Guide to Ohio

You know what a travel blogger is, right? The kind of person who goes to Tajikistan and Uruguay and Sweden about once a month and takes amazing pictures which you sit at home looking at while feeling somewhat green? Yeah, that’s not me. However, I do go to exciting places like Ohio, so read on, and feel jealous. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to go there yourself! I have a friend in Ohio. We met thus: she went to Europe with…

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Five Things Living in Honduras Made Me Finicky About

Five Things Living in Honduras Made Me Finicky About

Everyone knows that living in another country for an extended period of time makes you, well…different. This is only exaggerated when you live overseas as a kid, during your formative years. As self-proclaimed weirdos, we TCKs love nothing more than finding others who can relate to our cultural oddities. So, I decided to share with you a few of my personal hangups derived from years of living in Honduras. One. Going barefoot. There are two reasons for this. First, going barefoot is…

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Asheville, My Love

Asheville, My Love

When I talk to people about Asheville, the reaction is usually either, “Ooh, I love Asheville!” or, “Asheville is too weird for my taste.” It really is a place unlike any other I’ve ever been to, and since I’m a fan of bizarre, I’m in the “I love it!” camp. It is packed with artists. When you walk the streets, you’ll see musicians on many corners, playing anything from guitars to keyboards to saxophones to spoons. It is also peppered…

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What’s So Special About Illinois?

What’s So Special About Illinois?

Illinois is… …the place where I first lived on my own, twelve hours away from my family. I moved there, knowing one person previously, and I’ve never regretted it. I seem to have awesome luck in finding roommates, and while our lives have taken very different paths since that year together, we still have loads of fun when we see each other. …homey. In many ways it feels like stepping back in time to go back there, to the community…

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Frigid New York Jaunt

Frigid New York Jaunt

Last summer when I went to New York I sweated my way through the city, but when Roman and Mimi asked if I wanted to ride along in February, it was quite a different story. Icy winds whipped through the city, and I was happy to spend most of my time inside buildings, looking out at the world. I had several days mostly on my own, so I would start the day with French pastries in Flushing with Roman and Mimi and Hudson, and…

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Dirge in an Airplane Aisle

Dirge in an Airplane Aisle

Guest post by Philip, written from a tiny airplane seat.   Dirge in an Airplane Aisle Ladies and gentlemen, we gather here today, To put this large and awkward duffel bag away, That young man struggles with vigor and vim. Note that he is trying, and be patient with him.   The audience grows, the crowds in the aisle, Behind the dimensionally inept boy begin to pile. Work harder, young lad, if you push hard enough, Your duffel bag just…

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Erandique

Erandique

Finally, the long-promised post about Erandique. Philip and I went back for a long weekend in November, as I obviously couldn’t miss seeing my Honduran hometown. Our time there was mostly spent in meandering about town, visiting old friends and old haunts and remembering the slow pace of life there- not much to write about, but full of good memories for me. I thought my fellow gringachos might like a few pictures to peruse. We went past the clinic on…

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Tela

Tela

Remember when I said I’d tell you about our flopped beach trip? Well, here you go. We have a long-standing tradition of renting the same little cabins every time we visit Tela, since they’re private and cheap, off the beaten track, and the cook that owned them was amazing. However, they seem to have gotten a little run down since the original owner died and left his son in charge, a fact we were going to discover thoroughly. Our first evening…

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