WoodLand Travels

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WoodLand Travels
We are a Foreign Service family and I write about my impressions of this strange and new life for us in South Asia. We lived in Belgrade, Serbia prior to this post.
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  • Nordics to the Rescue! 2 months ago I was warned I would get sick. I just didn’t think it would happen so soon, only one week and a few days upon our arrival in Addis. But alas.You do just kind of want to die, lying there in discomfort, writhing with every wave of nausea. But when you have enough strength, you can open your eyes...
  • Africa 3 months ago All of a sudden, I live in a mansion.I don’t really know how this happened. Me. A mansion. Doesn’t really compute.Technically, it may not be a mansion, but it’s a hell of a lot of house. And if I were to let down my hair from the veranda, it would get caught in a lot of barbed wire, which...
  • Endings, New Beginnings 3 months ago It’s 4:30 a.m. on our first morning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You know how when you buy a new car you suddenly start seeing that same model everywhere? Or when you name your child, suddenly every third kid has the same name? I kind of had that sensation this summer – I noticed for the first...
  • Farewell, Colleagues 4 months ago I never thought I’d have kids who didn’t write thank you notes. It’s embarrassing. They’ve written a few in their lifetime, but not many. And those, only after the nagging. When they received presents from my family this Christmas, I was appalled when I realized, around April, that I...
  • Dear Home Owners of our Vacation Rental 7 months ago Whew!  We need some levity here after that last post.  Below is a piece I wrote last summer for a satirical magazine called The Reject Pile. Hey, at least it's in a pile.Dear Home Owners of our Vacation Rental,Thank you for letting us stay in your home for only $175 a night for the past two...

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  • Top Ten Reasons To Get Posted To Bangladesh Expat Blog Awards 2013 10.  Traffic Jams.  Most expats who move to Dhaka, Bangladesh have a driver.  The traffic jams are so pervasive and wide spread, no matter where you go you will be caught in one.  These provide wonderful reading opportunities.  Depending on the...

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Faria Chaudhuri
15:42 PM September 11, 2014

I loved this blog. It's funny, insightful, thought-provoking and at the same time has an undertone of affection, or at least, some sense of a positive approach, towards a country so often misunderstood by outsiders. Well done.

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