Reconstruction of a Viking warship.

Getting Our Viking On

Our addiction to a certain History Channel show had nothing to do with our choice of Denmark as a vacation destination. Nope, not even a tiny bit ;) But we were pretty psyched to spend a day going a-Viking.


Chilling in Copenhagen

I was so not ready to travel last week. But, it turns out that section heads at large missions can’t just hit the road any time they like. Go figure! Six weeks after arrival at post was when the husband could get leave, so six weeks after arrival at post is when we packed up…

Exploring the place.

Embassy Housing Hack: Patio to Catio

When I heard that we would be moving into an apartment in Warsaw, I immediately added “catproofing” to the list. Not because I am a crazy cat lady (though I am). Because cats can’t fly, and ask us how we know that! Poor old accident-prone Huckle has since left us. Our current kitties appear to…


Armed Forces Day in Warsaw

Święto Wojska Polskiego, or Armed Forces Day, is a really big deal here in Warsaw. This holiday, celebrated every August 15, commemorates the Polish victory over Soviet Russia at the Battle of Warsaw in 1920. It was banned under the Soviets (who would just as soon forget about that particular battle) and restored in 1992…

I has a backsplash!

Embassy Housing Hack: Kitchen Decals

“Drexel hacks” are a thing now. You can see some good ones here.  I actually tried one yesterday, without success: it turns out that Drexel sofas have measurements that somehow do not match the measuring guides on the SureFit website. So, the loveseat-sized slipcover that I bought for our not-poopy, but oddly mustard-colored loveseat is going back…


Postcards from Socialist Warsaw

Warsaw is treating us well so far. OK, so we arrived just in time for possibly the hottest day ever recorded here (99 degrees Fahrenheit) but we have air conditioning, and the public transit is air conditioned too, so it’s not too bad. Warsaw seems better-prepared for hot weather than Vienna is, despite being much…