Athens







We had a long layover in Athens on the way home from Santorini and were able to do some quick sightseeing. We took the train right into the town center of Athens where it was bustling with street vendors and tourists. We then made the hike up to the Acopolis. It was very cool to be in Athens and see the ancient buildings that I studied throughout architectural history, however, I have to say it didn't live up to the "Awww" moment I had in my mind.
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Athens was very dirty and crowded with grafitti everywhere. The Acropolis was well maintained, but the cranes sticking out of the Parthenon and the roped off areas where they were doing renovation, just made it seem less exciting.
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I hear there's other parts of town that are much nicer, and we only saw a small patch of it, but those were my initial reactions. I think it would be cool to see at night, because it looked like there were lights everywhere to make the top glow.
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Overall though I'm really glad we got to see it. I'm all about efficiency while we're living overseas. I want to see as much as I can for as little as possible!

Can I Put Up My Tree Yet!?!


I started listening to Christmas music secretly a month ago, I must admit. But I've refrained from putting up my tree until what is considered an appropriate time. If we have to live in a place that refuses to get cold, than I'm going to at least make it seem as festive inside as I can. Let the Christmas explosion begin!

Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving!


I had to work on Thanksgiving, so we celebrated yesterday. I'm a little proud of us though. We did potluck, so my husband and I only cooked the turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, but we made a good turkey! We made our own brine and did a butter rub on it beforehand. Despite the obstacles of grocery shopping here and not having access to all the typical thanksgiving foods, we (thanks to our friends that came and our family that sent supplies) pulled off a pretty convincing all-American Thanksgiving dinner! Complete with Cranberry sauce and Pumpkin Pie!
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Thank you everyone that sent us care packages with the missing ingredients. We ended up having more than a dessert per person. We had 13 fat and happy people by the end of the night.
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I did have one slip up, but luckily no one really knew. I made my own stuffing from scratch and it was called Apple-Raisin Stuffing. Sounds good, right? Well I was reading the ingredients and it called for mustard and terragon. Well... The spices you buy here come fresh. They're not the nice little bottles that we know so well. So once you open the spice bag, you have to put it in an other container (sans label) and have to remember what it is (or label your bags I guess, but I'm not that organized). So what I thought was Terragon, and proceeded to add to my stuffing turned out really to be Tumeric. I thought it was weird that the recipe called for that, but followed the instructions anyway.
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My stuffing was mustard yellow. Luckily I made a second batch and decided to leave out the Tumeric, so no one knew about my failed batch. It was the ugliest looking stuffing you've ever seen! I would have taken a picture of it, but it looked a little like barf so I spared you.
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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and avoided any cooking catastrophes!
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Happy Thanksgiving from Kuwait!

We're Back!





















Santorini was amazing.
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The weather was perfect. When we were planning the trip, we wondered if we were going to be the only idiots going to the tropical island the week before Thanksgiving. Luckily it worked out perfectly, because the last few cruise ships arrived at the island that weekend, so a lot of the shops and restaurants were open and the streets were busy enough to not feel like a ghost town but not packed.
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There was enough sun during the day that we were warm and got a little bit of a tan while we were out, and it was chilly enough at night to wear a light coat. The sunsets were amazing. If you could wake up and bask in the sun in Santorini every morning, you'd live a happy life.
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Every morning we would get up and have breakfast overlooking the water from atop the cliffs. I tried to ingrain that view into my head so that I could imagine it when I was here in Kuwait. So far it has only made me wish I wasn't in Kuwait, but I'm working on that...
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We had so much good food and good wine when we were there. I have finally trained myself to like olives too! Kalamata, to be specific. The green ones are still a little salty for me. We ended up renting 4-wheelers for most of our trip and had so much fun just exploring the island on our own.
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Add Santorini onto that list of places to go, along with Prague and Munich. :)

Camping by the Iraqi border, no biggie...









We went out to the desert this weekend. We've been asked to go a couple of times, but have passed because it's been too hot. I'm really glad we went, it was fun! The weather was perfect too. When we left it was around 70 degrees. We were within 10 kilometers from the Iraqi border :) We got to see some camels up close and cook out over a bonfire with friends. We didn't spend the night, but it was a good time!

Hyperbole and a Half


Everytime I visit this blog I find myself laughing out loud. Here are a few of her recents:
I think this might be my favorite:

Another Week

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{VERY SHORT VIDEO CLIP FROM THE OLD TOWN SQUARE IN PRAGUE}
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Its the end of another weekend. Now that its fall and the weather is nice, the weeks seem to be flying by. We had rain and clouds last week, which was the first I've seen here since springtime, and right now its actually colder outside than it is in our house. Which is saying something because we keep our house very cold (its easier to deal with summers if you can comfortably wear sweats in the house!).
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I've been cooking more soups/stews and we've been playing lots of outdoor sports. Its a great change from the summer heat. We've been here for 9 months now and have found some good groups. I still miss home a lot and have constant ups and downs, but keeping busy seems to help. I have a feeling as Christmas approaches, the weeks will continue to fly by. Christmas shopping will be tricky this year. I've had to be very organized with it, figuring out what I have to ship from here and what I can order.
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We head to Greece in about a week! I can't wait. I'll take TONS of pictures! It's not peak season to go because it will be cold, but I don't care. I'm excited to wear sweaters and scarfs and just stare at the blue water! I'll have to be superwomen at work this week though to get everything done. Wish me luck!
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I hope you have a good weekend!

Whimsey


Check out The Whimsey Chronicles, a new textile line recently launched by a friend of mine. Enjoy!