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Somewhat Out There
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Early retirement, freedom, travel, family, teens
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Okay, I know it’s not a real Art. Alot of people have asked me what I’m going to ‘do’ here in Kyiv. You know, get a job or volunteer. Maybe work remotely. Maybe work for NATO. Do I want to meet up with the policing community here and start up something with them. I don’t … Continue reading "The Art of Doing Nothing" The post The Art of Doing Nothing appeared ...
Posted: Feb 11 2020 @ 9:14 AM
Paris for Reading Week – That was our original plan. And it made logistical sense too, being somewhat halfway between Ottawa and Kyiv Ukraine. I had the hotel picked out on the Rive Gauche and just as I was confirming flights, Hannah asked if she could come back to Kyiv instead. I’ve never been to … Continue reading "Kyiv versus Paris !?" The post Kyiv versus Paris !? appeared first on ...
Posted: Oct 22 2019 @ 6:14 AM
Those fall colours out my window are at their peak in that image above. There was more green and much more foliage a few days ago , so I think this is as good as it gets. My view out the window that is. Perhaps the fall colours in the country-side are much more spectacular. … Continue reading "Kyiv – Space Heaters, Fall Colours & Silly Logistics" The post Kyiv – ...
Posted: Oct 08 2019 @ 4:15 AM
This has always bugged me about myself. It takes me forever to find efficiencies in a new routine. When my schedule changed at work, it took me months to fall into a good personal routine. I’m talking about big changes like from day shift to afternoon shift. Or to a new reporting location. Stuff like … Continue reading "Routine Schmoutine – Pitfalls of the New Expat" The post Routine Schmoutine – ...
Posted: Sep 23 2019 @ 8:27 AM
Kyiv has some amazing street art and I love being surprised by these gorgeous wall murals – especially the ones that are scattered about my neighbourhood. I’m particularly delighted by the ones that I didn’t see the first (or fifth) time I walked down the street because it was behind me. I’ve seen an easy … Continue reading "Kyiv Street Art – Wall Murals" The post Kyiv Street Art – Wall ...
Posted: Sep 13 2019 @ 4:24 AM
Emma and I went to Zurich, Switzerland to meet up with her classmates for her grade 12 year abroad. She’s attending school in a French speaking town in western Switzerland. Hopefully she comes back with just as great a French accent as Hannah did after a three month exchange in France. We loved this narrow … Continue reading "Zurich, Switzerland" The post Zurich, Switzerland appeared first on Somewhat Out There. ...
Posted: Sep 09 2019 @ 7:33 AM
Emma sent these photos of her day in beautiful Locarno, Switzerland – I think to rub it in. She seems to be enjoying herself and the other students seem to be quite awesome. The school sent us an update of what they were up to yesterday in Locarno. They visited Piazza Grande and took a … Continue reading "Locarno , Swtizerland" The post Locarno , Swtizerland appeared first on Somewhat Out ...
Posted: Sep 05 2019 @ 5:17 AM
We’re a family of five. Now we’re down to just three of us in Kyiv. And the kids are only 18, just turned 17 today (Happy Birthday Emma!) and 12 years old. We’re scattered all over the world now. It’s something we knew going into this. Several months ago these new and separate adventures were … Continue reading "One Big Disadvantage of being an Expat with Teens" The post One Big ...
Posted: Sep 04 2019 @ 7:33 AM
This is my morning view. Unedited (of course) from this morning. It took me a good three weeks to move my desk area from the kitchen table to this ledge under the large bank of window in our main living space. The kitchen table has a nice view on it’s on, but not like this. … Continue reading "Daily Expat Life in Kyiv, Ukraine" The post Daily Expat Life in Kyiv, ...
Posted: Aug 30 2019 @ 10:10 AM
We’re officially expats! The five of us arrived in Kyiv (Kiev) Ukraine almost a month ago now – on the second day of August. Hannah, Emma, Ben and I have been entertaining ourselves exploring and dining Kyiv. All this while Rob kind of, mostly but not always, enjoyed the challenges of this new contract he’s … Continue reading "Expats in Kyiv, Ukraine" The post Expats in Kyiv, Ukraine appeared first on ...
Posted: Aug 28 2019 @ 10:27 AM


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