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Preview from our Southwest USA road trip

Oh, well… since time is a hot commodity during vacation, I will just share here the links with our Instagram images… once time becomes more available, a better writing/blogging job will happen. Thank you!

Husband and I decided to have a joint June-Birthday-Celebration… back to the place we got married, some 14 years ago… lots to #celebrate! #travelwithkids Watching the #sunrise from way up high… Riding in a hot air balloon! Thanks to the awesome flying crew from Rainbow Ryders, we had the safest experience… followed by some well-deserved #champagne drink for the grand finale! #outdoors #hotairballoon #adventure #upintheair #up #extremesport #landofenchantment #travel #rainbowryders #traveler #bucketlist #NewMexico #birthday #loveneverfails #familytravel #traveltips #albuquerquesunrise #ABQ #landscape #photography #earthpix #NMphotographer #ballooning #flying #modoferias @awesomeplaces2k17 #atalantaworld @tropital

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Interesting coincidences traveling brings us! My father's first job, at the age of 15, was as an apprentice telegrapher, while leaving at the Brazilian countryside, in Ceara. . . During our morning's visit to the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, our kids got to learn about the challenges and excitement faced by men like their grandad'. Also, the museum is located by the corner of Miranda and Las Cruces… life has crazy ways to surprise us all! #museum #railroad #LasCruces #travelwithkids #welltravelled #telegraph #trainstation #NewMexico #Mesilla #tripadvisor #traveltips #multicultural #travel #vacation #Southwest #oldtown . #memories #photography #history #roadtrip #typewriter #santaferailroad #oldwest #landofenchantment

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Exploring the #SonomaDesert. Last night, returning from watching the fireworks in Morenci, AZ, our kids spotted this #venomous beauty, which was promptly collected by our guesthouse hosts. #giantcentipede A bit of research about the local #environment #biology and natural #wildlife revealed: Scientific Name: Scolopendra heros Giant Red-headed Centipede Giant Arizona Desert Centipede, Giant Black-headed Centipede Scolopendra heros arizonensis Terrestrial invertebrates that live under stones and wood, in crevices, and in litter and soil. They will burrow some, staying underground on warm days and emerging in cloudy weather. They are carnivorous and feed on insects, lizards, frogs, and rodents in the wild. #Arizona #Summer #travel #desert #ecology #photography #outdoors #geekmom #biologist #roadtrip #dangerousanimals #Southwest #traveler #travelwithkids #nature

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National Radio Astronomy Observatory. โœ… Car stop here suggested by the husband (who, as you will see here, apparently can't take a selfie to save his life! ๐Ÿ˜) That suggestion pleased the #geek wife and mother, as well as our '3 aspiring explorers' and the #scientist in-the-making ๐Ÿ˜ƒ #NewMexico โœ…The Very Large Array is the most versatile, widely-used radio telescope in the world. It can map large-scale structure of gas and molecular clouds and pinpoint ejections of plasma from supermassive #blackhole. โœ… It is the worldโ€™s first color camera for #radio #astronomy, thanks to its new suite of receivers and a #supercomputer than can process wide fields of spectral data simultaneously. The VLA is also a high-precision #spacecraft tracker that #NASA and ESA have used to keep tabs on robotic spacecrafts exploring the #SolarSystem. โœ… Each of the VLAโ€™s 28 telescopes (including the one that is a spare) is an 82-foot dish with 8 receivers tucked inside. โœ… The dish moves on an altitude-azimuth mount, what youโ€™ve probably seen as a classic tripod mount: it tilts up and down and spins around. #telescope #verylargearray #VLA #NRAO #desert #science #roadtrip #travel #travelwithkids #Southwest #Vacation #budgettravel #traveltips #serialtraveller #travelwithaninsider @theinvisibleuniverse #signs #vlba #radioastronomy #discovery #photogallery @tropital

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America by Air has inspired me to pay more attention while flying on a #windowseat Ha! What are those circles down there? Somewhere between #NewMexico and #Texas The circles are probably caused, according to our flying crew, by irrigation systems. In the center of the circle there is a well and a long pipe suspended by a structure of steel supports on wheels that pivots from the well and moves in a circle around the well, irrigating the ground it reaches. In other words, a large sprinkler system. This is the common way to irrigate out west and other parts of the country, in fairly arid areas where farming would not thrive without it. It's a system that's been used for years. #irrigation #science #technology #flying #travel #serialtraveler #aerialphotography #photography #circles #clouds #frequentflyer #sky #outwest #geometry #travelblogger #photogallery

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Moving: Departing Brazil, heading to Cuba!

We’re officially Havana-bound, now…

Our HouseHold Effects [HHE] and the Unaccompanied Air Baggage [UAB] will soon be on their way to our next Post Assignment!

 

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Celebrating Mother’s Day in a very ‘Brazilian Cerrado’ style – hiking to the Itiquira Waterfalls!

It’s about a 2 hour drive from Brasilia, in order to get to the waterfall, but it is definitely worth the trek![as described by Giddyforpoints, on First2Board – thank you for sharing!

Map to Itiquira Falls

Local name: Salto do Itiquira
Location: Formosa, Brazil

The Itiquira Falls is a waterfall in Brazil. They are located 34 kilometers north of Formosa in the state of Goiรกs and 115 kilometers from Brasรญlia on a paved road. The falls have a height of 168 meters, making them possibly the highest accessible waterfall in Brazil and the second highest overall. The falls are formed by the drop of the Itiquira River from the higher central plateau north of Formosa into the deep Paranรก River valley. The waters are unpolluted and a bottling plant is located on the river above the falls. The area is a municipal park and is protected from development. There are tourist facilities outside the park, near the entrance. (source: Wikipedia)

#Itiquira #waterfall #Brazil #Yeti #outdoors #Offroad #wikitrilhas

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Breakfast Table for Two: Bird watching

Table for Two!

 

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Sunset Sky in Brasilia, Brazil [video]

 

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Thoughts on our regular ‘socially busy’ weekend…

Thoughts on our regular ‘socially busy’ weekend…

Not much to report… our expat lives on-the-go continue to move according to plan.

We’re, although, entering the countdown mode: family pack-out scheduled for May 22nd; pre-packing, sorting, desperation mode should likely kick in about now ๐Ÿ™‚

So much to do, and yet, not enough time, very common complaint from our fellow Foreign Service friends – it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve done. How many HHEs and UABs your family has separated for packing and shipping; how many pieces of advice other families with school-aged children have been shared with you. Really. You may have moved a dozen times, lived under not-so-easily-adjustable conditions, and yet, you’ll find yourself questioning your life/career decisions – exactly the same way you did during the very first move!

The Stress is Real!

 

Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done to avoid it. The moment the pre-packing survey takes place, we [always!] come to the realization:

“Why do we keep doing this?” or “Why did I buy this gigantic piece of furniture/decoration/local artistic whatever??”

“Why?”

And the worst part, is the look of disbelieve the movers give you hat very moment:

“WOW! We’ve encountered some strange people in this line of work”… followed by their words of ‘comfort’:

“Don’t worry Sir, we’ve seen worse” ๐Ÿ™‚

All that said, The Mirandas have decided to begin our ‘pre-moving entertaining mode’, a proven strategy to safeguard our healthy intra-family relationships, and our sanity! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are a few examples of our recent weekend activities [links will take you to the images]:

And… cooking, hostingย and sharing our challenges and lessons learned with friends

Or, taking a break from work! ๐Ÿ™‚

Or even, enjoying uniquely strange moments with like-minded, equally stressed expat folks! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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