A Maryland Christmas!

Family and food – those are the terms which best describe the second half of our U.S. tour. Heading south to Williamsport, Maryland, we kicked off our “second Christmas” with a visit to Uncle Dave’s Pizza Hut, where met up with extended family, including some who were in town from Florida. Given how short our …

Christmas in CT!

Our first port of call back in our native land was NYC where we spent a quick overnight en route to CT. Christmas came and went quickly in the US with a short four days in New England. In looking through our photos, we realized we took a lot of photos of Alex, and not …

Ten Years Later, Memories Live On

Having been two blocks from the Pentagon when flight 77 crashed into its side, with many friends and family across DC and New York, September 11, 2001 was a day filled with terror, confusion, shock and sadness. We’ve come back stronger as a nation since that fateful day, but the memories remain. Many pieces of …

Back in the Desert

We safely landed back in the UAE on Monday night after our whirlwind (but way too brief) vacation in the US. Yes, we were reminded by our conversation with the JFK customs official that our trip to America was in fact, a “vacation”. It certainly was odd to say that! Landing in the UAE on …

Babies, BBC and BBQ!

As much fun as we had during the Maryland/Washington leg of our US tour, there was plenty more fun (and food) to be had up north in Connecticut! It was a wonderful few days of catching up with family and friends, highlighted by our first introduction to nephew Alex and cousin Kieva. Both are ridiculously …

The Simple Things Never Tasted So Good

Sometimes, being away, you miss the simple things from home. In our case, one of them was a $6 lunch of some Mexican basics at Chipotle. Luckily, these outputs are everywhere. So, what better way to spend some child-parent time than with a little burrito and taco action?! (Don’t worry, we’re not chronicling every meal …

Our Nation’s Capital…How We Missed It

We had one day to spend in DC, so we made the most of it. After checking out the house and spending lunch separately with former/current colleagues (sorry – no photos!), we enjoyed some time on Capitol Hill before heading back to the “country”. We had a million places we could have gone (yes, all …

Good Ol’ Country Cookout

Family and friends gathered for the cookout of the century in Williamsport. Something about green, wide open spaces felt normal, yet strange at the same time. We were extremely grateful for everyone that came out from near and far. Check out a few photo highlights below…we wish we got some of everyone…but you get the …

Hail to the Pork!

It was a 14.5 hour flight to NY, but we had one thing on our mind as a must-do: pork (well that and friends and family). Besides our loved ones, the only thing we can’t find in the UAE is American BBQ (they consider BBQ there just grilling – definitely NOT the same). So, first …