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

the Machiavellian Tuscan guest cat begins to take over…

For those of you who were wanting an update on the continued adventures of Ponce, the tyrannical Tuscan farm cat, here is the latest! Stay tuned for the next update from PashbyMaul Adventures as we continue our Italian-Uzbek transition sabbatical.

Derek Maul: Words, Photographs, and Food for the Journey

IMG_1154 Ponce the Tuscan farm cat

One complication when traveling from Italy, to Uzbekistan – via North America – with a cat on board is providing a stable environment for the uprooted animal. Especially of that animal is a Machiavellian Tuscan farm cat with a marked penchant for mayhem.

Consequently, “Ponce the tyrannical Tuscan farm cat” (his official name) is bunking here at Maul-Hall while his “staff,” Andrew and Alicia, are off for an eight-day excursion.

“Hey dad,” Andrew texted yesterday afternoon, “will there be a Ponce blog?”

I hadn’t thought about it. Probably wouldn’t have found a space for it. Then he bit me.

guarding his side of the banisters guarding his side of the banisters

DO I LOOK LIKE AN ITALIAN MOUSE? It was predictable. I’m sure that my forearm, folded around the back end of the Sports Section in today’s News & Observer, reminded the cat exactly of a small mouse running across the floor of a…

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Day 2: The day before we fly

How does one sum up a six year experience in Italy? One doesn't. One lives life to its fullest each and every day. The last day needn't be any different should each day truly be a fulfilling experience worth savoring for the rest of your life. Today was no different. Today was our last full … Continue reading Day 2: The day before we fly

Day 7: Caro Nome

How Progetto Voce, Yoga, and Verdi Helped Me Conquer My Fears PashbyMaul Adventures is slowly using up our bandwidth that we need to last until next Friday, so the video of my singing may need to wait to be uploaded until we're back in the States.  This afternoon marked my final performance with Progetto Voce, … Continue reading Day 7: Caro Nome

Day 8: Our Low Impact Pledge

This last month I have been convicted to lower our personal impact on the environment after reading a book called No Impact Man.  I found this book to be an inspiration which asks and inspires its' readers to ask, "can one person really make a difference?  Can that person be me?"  As part of our post-move-vegetate-TV-binge, we … Continue reading Day 8: Our Low Impact Pledge