Welcome to Our Family, Rowan Ivanel!

On Saturday, March 28th at 11:01 pm, we welcomed baby Rowan Ivanel into the world!  She weighed 7lbs 6oz and measured 20.5 inches long. When not eating, pooping, or screaming, she’s crazy alert – just sits there and drinks everything in around her.  We’re having a ball getting to know this little lady, but also…

COVID19 and Social Distancing

Brendan and I have been prepping for months for the baby, especially when it came to planning and executing my Medevac back to the US for the birth.  I came back a few weeks before Brendan, and after a stay in a hotel, moved into the apartment we’ll be staying at for the duration.  I…

Great Friends and a Trip to Oregon

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped us celebrate this little girl!  From Sarajevo to New York, from Ohio to Portland, from Nevada and Arizona to Southern Oregon, our amazing friends and family have been super generous with their excitement, time and gifts.  We (and she!) are incredibly lucky…

What a Difference a Year Makes

Well, haven’t I just been the biggest slacker.  I get one little part-time job (that quickly turned into an almost full-time job and is now, thankfully, is back to a part-time job) and all my grand intentions of blogging go right out the window.  But you know what didn’t?  Our constant traveling!  Below are the…

Zagreb Christmas Market (Croatia)

During the winter holiday season, Europe becomes a popular destination for Christmas markets, which feature hundreds of stalls and stations serving up mulled wine, specialty food items and Christmas decor, usually congregating in parks and city squares.  Vienna and Berlin are the big daddies of the lot, but in 2016 a little-known Balkan city snuck…

Diplomatic Winter Bazaar

Every December in Sarajevo local embassies get together to throw a winter bazaar, hawking piles of treats, crafts and wears in the name of charity:  all proceeds from the bazaar are donated to local non-profits specializing in the care of children.  This year’s Diplomatic Winter Bazaar took place December 1st, and a new addition to…

Belgrade, Serbia

Another long weekend only means one thing: road trip.  This time that weekend was Thanksgiving, and given how much we had been – and will be – traveling through the holiday season, we decided to keep it easy.  Belgrade is only four to five hours from Sarajevo, and after listening to friends sing its praises…

Robert Visits Sarajevo, plus a Half Marathon

There is little I enjoy more right now than showing off Sarajevo to guests. The hikes, cafes, museums, cable car (!)… the list of sites and experiences goes on and on, and all endear Sarajevo to those who make the trek to visit. Robert and I covered much of the city and surrounding area while…

Račišće, Korčula Island (Croatia)

I promise – we do not spend all our time on vacation.  Brendan works his tail off at his day job, and my days and weeks are filled so full I rarely have downtime.  So we take advantage of every possible weekend away, especially during the summer months, and especially while we’re only three hours…

Fox Solo Trip: Vienna & Budapest

Getting around in the Balkans can be a bit of a challenge.  Highways are few and far between (connected by slow, two-lane roads that wind themselves through and around the mountainous region), and since the Balkans are broken up into various small countries with no freedom of movement treaties, no easy regional airline exists.  But…