Waiting in UB

27.08.2010 in Uncategorized

Hello world!  Yes, I am indeed alive and kicking, now in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.  It’s been 3 weeks since my passport with all my visas was stolen in Istanbul and with so many decisions to make and emotions to digest it’s taken me a while to…


Long Road To Tbilisi

08.08.2010 in Uncategorized

When the border guard asked me today what I knew about Georgia, I had to stifle myself from blurting out “Joseph Stalin was born here”. My answer was still honest, “Nothing, but I’d like to learn more”. He smiled and asked me how big Seattle…

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The Russian Dilemma

04.08.2010 in Uncategorized

The past two days have been a roller coaster of emotions and contradictory bureaucratic responses from the Russian Consulate in Istanbul. On Monday, we went down to the Consulate, even though we were still waiting for Kim’s new passport, and explained our situation to them….


It Was Supposed To Be So Easy

02.08.2010 in Uncategorized

We are in Istanbul, at the doorstep of Asia, and we are temporarily stuck… do not leave Europe, do not pass go, do not collect $200. No, we are not in jail (to follow the rest of the Monopoly analogy), but the supposedly “easy” European…