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Where I’ve Been–Updated!

After months and months and months of procrastination, I have finally updated my Where I’ve Been page!   I was a bit sad deleting the line “Trips planned for this year” and not replacing it with actual trips planned but there is nothing, since I’m officially banned from air travel until this baby gets here – and then who knows if we’ll get a chance to travel with baby in the last two months, considering she won’t get a passport until the birth certificate arrives, and just that takes 6 weeks!  (Have I mentioned we’re moving 2 months after baby, so just the thought of that stresses me out a *tad* – and yes, that is a total understatement).

But anyway, up to 33 countries/territories, not bad considering I arrived in the Philippines with those numbers in the teens!

Here are some of the pictures I added from recent trips – I may have gone overboard with a few of them, but sometimes it’s hard to choose favorites.  (And yep, still planning on blogging all about the trips I haven’t shared yet, it will be nice reminiscing about them!)

Australia:  Sydney and Blue Mountains

Blog - Australia

Vietnam:  Hanoi (can you tell the weather was very gloomy?)

Blog - Hanoi

MalaysiaKota Kinabalu

Blog - Kota Kinabalu

Marshall Islands:  Majuro

Blog - Majuro

Cambodia:  Phnom Penh

Blog - Phnom Penh

Federal States of Micronesia:  Pohnpei

Blog - Pohnpei

China: Shanghai

Blog - Shanghai

This one from right here in the Philippines, our weekend trip to Subic to swim with dolphins!

Blog - Subic

Laos:  Vientiane

Blog - Vientiane

I also added some pictures to much older trips (pre-blog), like my trips to Greece, Spain, etc.  (Pretty much anything I had digital pictures for were finally included!)

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Back from Marshall Islands and Micronesia!

I had crappy crappy crappy internet during my trip.  For real.  So I couldn’t have posted even if I wanted to.  There was no connection where we were staying, and the only way to get a signal was to walk out into the very hot and sunny driveway, where there was no place to sit.  So I would check my email quickly, reply if it was important, and that was about it.

Once in a while I also shared a few pictures on instagram – I took WAY more pictures with my camera than with my iphone (since I had the camera with me at all times, and without a cellphone or internet signal, the iphone stayed behind), and I’ll definitely share those pictures, but for now, if you didn’t see it on instagram or facebook, here are a couple of shots from the last 2.5 weeks…

View from where we were staying in Majuro…  For real, this was right off our balcony!


I looked up from breakfast (yep, my breakfasts were eaten outside on the balcony, with my kindle on hand), and noticed the light drizzle and a double rainbow!


Two nights left in Majuro, and this is the amazing sunset that greeted us…


In Pohnpei, Micronesia, with better wifi signal, and a view just as wonderful from our room (on stilts!  In the middle of the jungle!).


This huge lizard was no match for the spider that woke me up on the first night (no pictures of the spider, I was too terrified to move, more on it later, let’s just say that it was my first real-life encounter with what very much looked like a tarantula – I was saved by the mosquito net around our bed).


And this is where we ate breakfast every morning.  Thanks to going during off-season, we were always the first to grab this spot in the morning!


More to come!  I’m jetlagged and super tired…  (One doesn’t sleep much after encountering a humongous chirping spider on the first night out, so got lots of sleep to catch up on.)

Here’s hoping I’ll get my energy back soon, because I also need to work off the 5lbs (!!!!) I gained in the last 2.5 weeks.  Eating out every day in places where “salad” and “fresh fruit” don’t exist in the menu, definitely made it for some non-baby related weight gain, yikes!


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Marshall Islands Booked!

I know, I know, I still need to finish blogging about Chiang Mai (elephant pictures to come, I promise!), and here I am booking future trips…

But Karl got picked up for a TDY (temporary duty assignment) and will get to spend almost a month at in Majuro, Marshall Islands, so I jumped at the opportunity to join him for his last couple of weeks there (the ticket was NOT cheap, but they booked him to leave two days before my birthday – aaaaaah! – so guess who had the upper hand here?).

I do have some concerns about going – not about the flying, because if I could handle 20+ hours of flying when dealing with nausea in my first trimester, I definitely can handle flying in a few weeks, but going to a small little island in the middle of the Pacific, also means that I’ll have to be really careful about what I eat.  This is not a time to get food poisoning, specially away from good hospitals.

The flights there are not long, but uh, interesting…  First I stop in Guam and hang out for about 4 hours there…  Then we stop in Truk, Pohnpei, Kosrae (all in the Federated States of Micronesia), then in Kawajalein, in the Marshall Islands, all for about 45 minutes (have you lost count of how many stops?), and finally land in Majuro (no worries if you never heard of these places before today – amazing how many new places you hear of after being part of the Foreign Service, when anywhere in the world could eventually be your home!).

So what will I do in Majuro for a little over two weeks?  Since their top attraction is their bridge, I’ll probably be catching up on my kindle, snorkeling a lot (if only I could dive, right?), maybe kayaking (Andrew and Jamie said we can borrow their kayak!  Yay!) and just overall relaxing.  I know Andrew and Jamie love it there, so I’m really am excited to see what could have been like (since Majuro was in our original bidlist, way back when).

From there, we will spend 3 days in Pohnpei for what Karl calls “post research” (and I like to call “more beach!”) and also to check yet another country off our list!  Yep, this trip will officially put me at over 30 countries/territories visited!

I’m excited that traveling won’t slow down around these parts just yet…

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In Guam!

Hopefully by the time you read this, I have safely landed in Guam, and am just a couple of hours from enjoying some of Guam’s beautiful beaches!


Why Guam?

If all goes well, I should be arriving in Guam a Brazilian citizen, and leaving as an American citizen (luckily I will not lose my Brazilian OR my Portuguese citizenship with this – citizen of the world, anyone?).  My naturalization test is on Thursday, and I’m actually pretty nervous about it, so send some good vibes my way!

Now the other thing I’m super-duper-excited about, aside from Guam’s amazing beaches?  Believe it or not, this…


I miss my beloved Target so freaking much here (I miss the days I could walk into one store and get everything I need), that I’ll take a visit to its less-exciting cousin any day!  I already have big plans for it, hoping to find crystal cat litter, my favorite deodorant, canned pumpkin, Monster Lo-Carb drinks, Christmas decoration…  I know I won’t find everything I need (after all, it’s still located in Guam, so I’m sure like every island it runs out of things here and there), but we’re bringing empty suitcases with us, just in case!

And I almost peed my pants when I found out there’s a proper Brazilian BBQ place in Guam!  (Nothing can be found here in Manila, aside from a small place in the Fort that came with very bad reviews from my Brazilian friends.)  Eat my weight in meat?  YES, PLEASE!

Oh, and if k-mart has cheese, I can see myself just taking a bite out of a chunk of cheddar and calling it breakfast…  I miss cheese…  (Full disclosure:  you CAN find cheese in Manila, but the prices are so exorbitant – say 10 bucks for a little bit of cheddar, even more for more exciting cheese – that I refuse to buy any.)

I also dearly miss driving (not bumper to bumper traffic driving, but actually stepping on the gas for a bit without needing to slam on the brakes), that I’m sad my VA driver’s license is expired and I won’t be able to take the wheel of our rental car.

The only sucky thing about going to Guam?  My friend Tessa lived there for 3 years (THREE YEARS, PEOPLE!) and she just left it a couple of months ago.  Boo!

Update:  After I wrote this, I found out my friend Margaret (who has been featured here before, we ran many long runs together in DC) is going to be in Guam until Thursday!!!  We have a one day overlap and I’m so super excited!  We’ve skyped a few times, but I haven’t seen her since April!



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