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Sarah and Nick. We leave Manila in July of 2011 for a visit back to the states over the summer.In September we report to Washington, D.C. for Spanish language training before heading to Lima, Peru April 2012.
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  • Realities of Foreign Service Life: My 2 cents for the Newcomers 1 week ago Hey all – Perhaps you’ve noticed I haven’t been writing much.  Well, it hasn’t been for lack of interest, it’s just that I prefer to jump into the deep end quickly when arriving in a new place, as I’ve found that it makes me feel more connected and settled. So, in no particular order,...
  • Progress! 2 months ago After a couple of frustrating weeks filled with ups and downs, I am pleased to report that we’re finally starting to gain some traction here in DC. Of particular note: We signed a lease in Crystal City (in Virginia) and move in during mid-to-late July. Grandma Janet is coming out for 3 days of...
  • Beating the Heat in DC 1 month ago If you’ve lived in DC in the summer, you know that it’s a muggy, sweaty mess.  There are only two sure-fire options to beat the heat.  1.) Run from air-conditioned place to air-conditioned place or 2.) Get in (or on) the water.  Given that we have a toddler that needs space to move, we opted...
  • In Pursuit of Order 1 month ago We’ve noticed over the last few months that Nia has a very unique style of play that’s different from most other two year olds.  Her play centers around ordering her various collections (animals, polly pockets, videos, etc); lining them up over and over again each day for hours on end. It’s...
  • Settling Into DC Life 2 months ago We’re 12 days into our DC tour and slowly but surely finding our footing.  We spent the bulk of the first week touring preschools and apartments (with mixed results, I might add).  I am pleased though to report that last Saturday we signed a lease for a 2 BR condo in Crystal City!  We are... Expat Blog Awards 2012: Peru Silver Award!

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Website Reviews » There are 2 reviews on Novakistan

23:40 PM November 21, 2012

Love this blog! Always fun insight into the live and times of a family finding their way around new countries and cultures while holding onto what matters, family and friends from Minnesota all the way to Peru and in between.

Joyce Novak
16:02 PM November 24, 2012

I recommend this blog for the Gold. As a former FS employee who never had blogs or cell phones or skype this is the best way in the world to keep track on what is going on in the country they are living in. It's fun to read and know it takes her hours to put these things on Facebook. And an excellent way to keep us in touch with our granddaughter.

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