Day 86: Mahalla

Historically, life in Uzbekistan has always revolved around the mahalla.  The rough equivalent of a neighborhood in the traditional western sense, the mahalla is in the east, near east, new east, and middle east, an important aspect of everyday community life. In Uzbekistan, mahalla were historically built around family connections, weddings, funerals, neighborhood and family … Continue reading Day 86: Mahalla

100 Days – Uzbekistan

So much to say.  So little time.  So much that can't be said.  One thing is for sure, the past three years have been quite a ride.  Brutalist architecture, ancient silk road fortresses, the spectacular remnants of Timur's empire - Uzbekistan has it all, and at the same time, doesn't.  We've seen big changes just … Continue reading 100 Days – Uzbekistan

(Alicia’s) 10 Years of International Life

May 2017 was a big milestone that passed by without mention, probably because of the busy-ness of international school life: 10 years since I graduated from Hope College!  I went from living in MI for 21 years to spreading my wings and living in 4 different countries 10 years later!  Along the way, I’ve picked … Continue reading (Alicia’s) 10 Years of International Life

How My 2016 New Years Resolution Had a “Trickle-Down Effect”

For the entire 2016 calendar year, I committed myself to the next step in becoming more of a minimalist. In order to accomplish this, I made a New Year's Resolution to not buy any clothes for an entire year. I had many fashionista friends tell me I'm crazy and that it's a terrible idea, but … Continue reading How My 2016 New Years Resolution Had a “Trickle-Down Effect”

PashbyMaul Adventures – Update

It's been six months since our last post. An epic failure on our part to keep our followers updated on life in Uzbekistan. This time last year, we were nearing the end of our "Last 100 Days in Italy" series, as we prepared to continue the great PashbyMaul adventure in Central Asia. Here's what you've missed: … Continue reading PashbyMaul Adventures – Update