100 Days – Uzbekistan

So much to say.  So little time.  So much that can't be said.  One thing is for sure, the past three years have been quite a ride.  Brutalist architecture, ancient silk road fortresses, the spectacular remnants of Timur's empire - Uzbekistan has it all, and at the same time, doesn't.  We've seen big changes just … Continue reading 100 Days – Uzbekistan


(Alicia’s) 10 Years of International Life

May 2017 was a big milestone that passed by without mention, probably because of the busy-ness of international school life: 10 years since I graduated from Hope College!  I went from living in MI for 21 years to spreading my wings and living in 4 different countries 10 years later!  Along the way, I’ve picked … Continue reading (Alicia’s) 10 Years of International Life

A Thousand Years of Maul(e)

I'm not sure what inspired me to start doing a bit of Maul(e) family historical research this morning, but one thing led to another, and hours of research later a quick post evolved into an epic essay of Maul family history.  As suspected, our family name is of Norman origin. "Of Maule" meaning from the village … Continue reading A Thousand Years of Maul(e)

How My 2016 New Years Resolution Had a “Trickle-Down Effect”

For the entire 2016 calendar year, I committed myself to the next step in becoming more of a minimalist. In order to accomplish this, I made a New Year's Resolution to not buy any clothes for an entire year. I had many fashionista friends tell me I'm crazy and that it's a terrible idea, but … Continue reading How My 2016 New Years Resolution Had a “Trickle-Down Effect”