Planet Nomad

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Sometimes, it’s like another planet–one filled with nomads, where sandstorms are a part of life and where things just look a bit different. We’re an American family living and working in Nouakchott, Mauritania, located where the sands of the Sahara Desert meet the waters of the Atlantic. This blog chronicles the various aspects of our lives, from university students to leaking water heaters to the kids learning Arabic in the French school. I am wife to Donn and mother to Elliot, 11, and boy-girl twins Abel and Ilsa, 9.


Five Tips for an Organized Vacation

Okay, so you’ve probably seen the movie National Lampoons VACATION. It is where the Griswold family's cross-country drive to the WallyWorld theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated. Chevy Chases cracked me up when they reached the park to find out it was closed, not so funny for the family.