Exploring the Region Part 2: Muscat

"Hold on, here we go! Next stop, knowledge!" - Finding Nemo ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  I’m constantly reminded that my experience in the Middle East contrasts greatly with my previous misconceptions about the region. Before I visited, news reports framed it as a volatile desert environment with limited diversity. As I sit in a cafe at Dubai Garden ...

Intentional Love: The Art of Preparation

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." - Henry Ford ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A few weeks ago, Rocket and I had lunch with two friends, one married and one single, after church. Our married friend asked us questions pertaining to our first year of marriage, which proved to be the start ...

Ready, Set, Go!

“I live my life a quarter mile at a time.” - Dom, Fast and the Furious ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As I sit back at an empty desk in Rocket’s office, gazing out the window, it finally hit me: I’ve settled nicely into my new home. I have my own group of friends, we finally finished decorating our ...

Moving Past The Basics

"Be sure to make mistakes; make a lot of them because there's no better way to learn and to grow." -Dawson's Creek ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Most of my friends and family know that while living in Connecticut and working for ESPN, I was passionate about two things: my church and ballroom dancing. If I could, I would ...

How To “Survive” A South African Safari

“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.” - Out of Africa ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you visited our Instagram page (@pintoeverafter) last week, you would have seen hints about our latest travel experience! We vacationed in South Africa, which was at the top of Rocket’s travel destination wish list. It took some convincing ...

Caution! 7 Things to Watch Out For While Traveling.

"Well he'll learn that nobody crosses The Penguin and gets away with it." - Batman: Penguin's Clean Sweep, 1968 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ After an extended vacation visiting my family and helping my younger sister move into her freshman dorm room, I returned to Dubai for less than 24 hours before jetting off on an adventure with Rocket. ...

Freshman 101: 10 Tips For Starting College

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” --Nelson Mandela ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I remember it like yesterday, arriving with a nervous excitement ready to decorate my room. I remember running errands with my mom before I left and running more errands with my dad when I arrived. I met new ...

4 Simple Ways To Show Kindness

It proves that you don't need much to change the entire world for the better. You can start with the most ordinary ingredients. You can start with the world you've got.” - Pay It Forward ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A few days ago, I walked down the stairs to the kitchen confused, disappointed, and frustrated with a situation ...

How to Find Out What Your Spouse Does Everyday At Work

 “Never mistake motion for action” - Ernest Hemingway ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Have you ever reached the end of a week wondering what you accomplished? Or felt like you accomplished a lot, but not the things that you had planned. Sometimes, we become so comfortable and focused on our daily (sometimes monotonous) routines that our dreams get put ...

Take Me Home

“There’s no place like home.” - Wizard of Oz ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Each summer, I usually plan one vacation home, even during my time at ESPN despite having only 2 weeks off a year. During July and August, there are multiple family celebrations that I eagerly look forward to, but since I recently traveled home for my ...

Where Will I Meet You?

“I like this drink...ANOTHER!” - Thor ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Just about every day, I get asked “How do you like Dubai so far?” For the last few months, my response has been “I love it all...except the summer!” and an acknowledging sigh ensues followed by laughter from both sides. Now that I have lived here for a ...

Home Alone

 “No offense, aren’t you too old to be scared?” - Kevin McCallister, Home Alone ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ My husband, Rocket (his new blog nickname), is part of an international team and his job requires occasional travel in the region. When I moved to Dubai, he limited work travel, making sure that I felt comfortable and wasn't home ...

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