No Hablo Español

When I was 22 years old, I made a rather unusual promise to myself. I decided that by the age of 40 I will speak Spanish.  I don’t really know why I made this promise. At that time, Spanish was absolutely irrelevant in my life. I had no exposure to […]

Fake Estonian in a Fake Village

We were sitting on the rocks by the Baltic Sea, laughing hysterically. “It was like a scene out of a sitcom!” I gasped between laughing fits, “Who does something like this in real life?” Victor buried his head in his hands, “I don’t know! I don’t know what I was […]

Soaking in Estonia           

On the fourth day in Tallin, we were in a back seat of a taxi, chatting with our Russian-speaking driver about the intricacies of the daily life of ethnic Russians in Estonia. “I’ve never been to this one,” he said as he pulled the car over. “Enjoy!” I peeked out […]

Santa Ana: Visiting the Coffee-Boom Capital of El Salvador

After spending a couple of days at a coffee finca on Ruta de Las Flores, we made it to Santa Ana.  The city was once an important center during the coffee boom of the early 20th century. The central square with its imposing neo-Gothic cathedral, theatre, and city hall looked […]

It’s One, Two, Three Strikes, You’re Out!

Part II We continue with our stories from the major U.S. baseball ballparks. For Part I, please start here.  6. Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati  You realize that Cincinnati is a baseball town when in a local art museum, just a couple of blocks from the ballpark, you see Andy […]

No Hablo Español

By Victor / August 4, 2022

When I was 22 years old, I made a rather unusual promise to myself. I decided that by the age of 40 I will speak Spanish.  I don’t really know why I made this promise. At that time, Spanish was absolutely irrelevant in my life. I had no exposure to […]

Fake Estonian in a Fake Village

By Julia / July 28, 2022

We were sitting on the rocks by the Baltic Sea, laughing hysterically. “It was like a scene out of a sitcom!” I gasped between laughing fits, “Who does something like this in real life?” Victor buried his head in his hands, “I don’t know! I don’t know what I was […]

Soaking in Estonia           

By Julia / July 21, 2022

On the fourth day in Tallin, we were in a back seat of a taxi, chatting with our Russian-speaking driver about the intricacies of the daily life of ethnic Russians in Estonia. “I’ve never been to this one,” he said as he pulled the car over. “Enjoy!” I peeked out […]

Santa Ana: Visiting the Coffee-Boom Capital of El Salvador

By Victor / July 14, 2022

After spending a couple of days at a coffee finca on Ruta de Las Flores, we made it to Santa Ana.  The city was once an important center during the coffee boom of the early 20th century. The central square with its imposing neo-Gothic cathedral, theatre, and city hall looked […]

It’s One, Two, Three Strikes, You’re Out!

By Victor / June 28, 2022

Part II We continue with our stories from the major U.S. baseball ballparks. For Part I, please start here.  6. Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati  You realize that Cincinnati is a baseball town when in a local art museum, just a couple of blocks from the ballpark, you see Andy […]

Take Me Out to The Ball Game

By Victor / June 25, 2022

Part I Summer is here and for me, that means one thing – baseball.  In my view, nothing beats spending a couple of hours on a warm summer afternoon at a ballpark watching a game and connecting with friends over beer, peanuts, and crackerjack.  Despite constant calls for changing the […]

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