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dinoiafamily
East Bay, CA
Interests: Walking, writing, my family, travel, anything expat.
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Selva Negra. We had the chance to go for a horseback ride while at Selva Negra for the weekend. It was supposed to be thirty minutes and ended up nearly being an hour. Nick had never ridden a horse before,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Dinoia Family
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Technically speaking, since 1/8 of my job is to plan events. Now, I can't take full credit for this one. I only helped a teeny bit, as this was mostly my coworker's doing. She knew of this amazing sailing tour... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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you turn 12 today! I meant to type this post last week, but between last-minute surgery, and my trip to Ft. Lauderdale, well, life got in the way. I'm not actually home yet, but will be by the time you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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Though if you know me, you know this has been coming for a long time. A few weeks ago, I headed back to the States, ostensibly for a fun trip, maybe to check up on the house and make sure... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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Yes, he is asleep, but he technically turned 6 two hours shy of midnight. If you remember, Nick came into the world early on that snowy February day in Reykjavik. Early enough that when we alerted our families in America,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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El Hatillo was our go-to place in Caracas. Whether we had guests in town and wanted to get out without too much driving or we simply had a free Sunday and wanted to get out of the apartment, it was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
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though unlike our trip to Volcan Masaya in November, we actually planned today's outing several days in advance. We also didn't just peer into this volcano, we dove right in. Well, waded in, jumped in, you get the picture. Today... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
I have been reintroduced to lately is that of blogging overseas. Clearly, I want to relay our experiences, however, I want to be careful to portray a balanced viewpoint. I was a bit overwhelmed when we first arrived in Managua,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
from time to time. I take a seemingly innocent pain or pang and despite my best attempts, somehow turn it into something that it's not. And having the ability to search anything night or day on Google doesn't help when... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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Last night, as I was wrapping gifts, I remembered that Nick did not have anything specifically for Kelsey. Sure, he could add his name to our gifts, but it's always nice to have a little something from him. I somehow... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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a real tree. The beauty of nature in one's living room, even with the occasional shedding of pine needles, has no comparison. I vowed early on that I would always have a real tree for Christmas, no matter what. There... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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expats, if you will. Or, really, dental/orthodontic expats would be more accurate. We didn't bid on Managua knowing how inexpensive, yet good, the dental care would be, but it's definitely something we will keep in mind for future bidding. We've... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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of gal. The idea of getting up any earlier than I absolutely must to buy stuff I don't need at prices lower than regular price just does not appeal to me. Even if we were in the States, I can't... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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on the wire rack on the counter, while the turkey in the fridge is well into its brining cycle. I have a schedule for cooking tomorrow so that the green bean casserole, cranberry compote, turkey, and stuffing are all the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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and realize you want to go to a volcano right now. It's the weekend, you have nothing planned, there is one 20 minutes down the road, and you want to go see what it's all about. The beauty of living... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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that never in my wildest dreams as a child, could I have projected to what my life has become. I was a bit shy and retiring, a likely perfect definition of a wallflower. And not that much has changed for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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for the Marines at post was held last night. If you are my friend on Facebook or in a group with me, you have likely read about my stressing over dresses for said event. For a variety of reasons, it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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Our first outing actually occurred a few weeks ago, which is nothing short of a minor miracle. Normally we arrive at post, end up having too much settling in to do, come to the conclusion we can't drive up a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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Perhaps because nearly every box in our house is labeled "X-mas," or maybe because we keep finding unexpected 'gifts' in our boxes. If you are curious, yes, our household effects arrived today and we are mighty stoked. At the not-so-crack... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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whimpers. We headed out with 4 of us on Sunday to visit this town that is fabled to have an abundance of gardens and nurseries, as well as a majestic view of Laguna de Apoyo. While technically only 30 minutes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
beginning to hit in the States, at least in areas where the foliage normally turns from green to gorgeous yellows, oranges, and reds, before the leaves drop to the ground. Having spent most of my childhood in a part of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
came home from school and let us know that his teacher was away due to a death in the family. He wasn't entirely sure whether it was her mother or grandmother (and at one point, decided it was both). I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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Was the refrain I heard over and over, from the moment we stepped into the local market in Managua. The kindly grinning vendor, garbed in the traditional Nica outfit, and not at all overwhelmed by the large basket balanced ever... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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Last weekend, we had our first chance to really leave the city since our friends left in early August. We still don't have our car (word on the street is it *might* be ready Monday) and to say that I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2013 at The Dinoia Family
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that our house is finally feeling more like our home. Yes, I know home is where the heart is, but sometimes it's nice to have a few items that just really remind you of your family and not just Drexel... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2013 at The Dinoia Family