Expat heaven – our shipment has arrived!

Yesterday morning was like a prelude to Christmas Eve. At 10 o’clock it arrived. Our shipment. It has taken it a whole 3 1/2 months to get here from Ukraine.. all while we have been in the (capable) hands of our Mothership – IKEA. Well that, Jenny Lou’s and our Ayi.  The excitement was real […]

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Emotinal ending and new beginnings 

It’s been a weekend of emotional goodbyes and exciting beginnings indeed. Our two years in Kyiv ended on a high note with an amazing cake from fantastic colleagues and dinner with friends at a Georgian restaurant in the evening. The cake my colleagues had ordered was amazing! It showcased all the countries I’ve lived in […]

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Tooth extraction, mini-marathon and 14 days as a non-smoker. 

That sort of sums up this week’s happening in one single sentence. The tooth unfortunately belonged to my fantastic daughter whom in the end managed to get her teeth fixed. Like I wrote in my earlier post, it only too four tries before she found a dentist that understood her. And in the end, it […]

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T-minus 14 days until take-off and oh yeah, day 5 as a bored non-smoker.

Day 5 in my life as a non-smoker. Kind of proud of myself for going cold turkey and managing as well as I’m doing. When I was fishing for a compliment earlier today (hang on – we all need them in times of difficulty) I had a friend saying “well I’ve managed to be Smokefree […]

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What do non-smokers do really?

I’m working out in the mornings and I haven’t smoked for four days. Took a “how hooked on nicotine are you” test yesterday and only scored a 4(?) out of 12. And no, I’m not pregnant. Something weird is going on. I don’t recognize myself anymore. And to be honest, I’m not feeling that bad. […]

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Confessions of a thick haired girl with big thighs.

C’est moi in a nut shell. Big wavy blond, thick hair and matching thighs to go with it. You wonder why I don’t like heat? There you have it. Those are my two main reasons for preferring cooler weather. But why this ranting of heat problems now? Especially since Kyiv has experienced some cooler weather […]

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Wedding, visas & vacation!

Well we’re off! I’m officially on vacation. 😊 Up until now things have been calm and I haven’t been stressed at all, but then comes the whole “flying” thing. After so many years in this business I’m still not comfortable giving up control and getting on a plane. I’d never let it stop me but don’t […]

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In my world, you’re everything.

To my amazing daughter. Congratulations on another fantastic school year. You went in to this year with such an entusiasm and an eager to learn more. And so you have. You’ve blossomed into this independent, strong minded girl who knows what she wants out of life. And who’s not afraid to show it. You’ve learned how […]

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Culinary heaven on the road to vacation.

Never would I even consider using the words crispy calamari, chili, coconut and caramelized popcorn in the same sentence. Until I made aquaintance with the chef at BAO. And it was love at first bite. 🙏🏻This little piece of culinary heaven here in Kyiv. And we’ve only just met. Right when it’s time to leave. […]

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