Airports, and spending time in them. Or, raising a world traveler

Sleeping in SFO, with the Beatles Emma and I have been spending a lot of time in airports this past year or so. Actually, Emma’s whole life, but we’ve been in a few new airports over the last 12 months. Some of them have been a lot more comfortable than others; some have definitely been … Continue reading Airports, and spending time in them. Or, raising a world traveler

Christmas in Mongolia (and Halloween, too)

Disclaimer: We didn’t actually spend Christmas in Mongolia; we went back to California for the holidays. But we started noticing signs of Christmas here almost as early as we’d see them if we were in the USA: Signs that Christmas has become a global secular consumerfest. Mongolia is only about 2% Christian, but Christmas was … Continue reading Christmas in Mongolia (and Halloween, too)

Back in California for a few minutes…

Actually, it was two and a half weeks, but it doesn’t feel very long. We spent one day getting acclimated, and then we hit the ground running: having dinner with friends, getting together with other friends, re-stocking the fridge, putting up the Christmas tree, going to the beach, and doing some much-needed clothes shopping for … Continue reading Back in California for a few minutes…

Between worlds: On homesickness, not feeling like an alien, and finding home

What I look like these days The last few days have been really hard for me, and I thought it was mainly just end of semester fatigue; classes wrap up next week, and teaching four new courses at the same time has definitely been challenging. Plus, another friend died—this time the mother of one of … Continue reading Between worlds: On homesickness, not feeling like an alien, and finding home