Category: Travels With Grandma

Life and Census in Banana Republics is Bananas

In the 1960s I was taught that the US Constitution dictates the Federal Government count every person living within the USA every 10 years. It’s on the Trump Administration’s website: “The Founders of our fledgling nation had a bold and ambitious plan to empower the people over their new government. The plan was to count... Read more »

Solid Gold Mother-in-Law Memory

My mother-in-law Beatrice was one of my favorite chums. Lucky me? You bet. Having heard firsthand about, not to mention read about many mother-in-law versus daughter-in-law wars, I knew I was very, very lucky. What was her trick? She genuinely liked people, including me. Her loving kindness toward me becoming my role model toward my... Read more »

The Grocery Store in the Time of Covid-19

After a lifetime of going to the grocery store, when Covid-19 hit I wasn’t exactly sad to hand off the grocery shopping to a delivery service. One less risk, it seemed a safer option for my husband and myself. I eased my conscience by tipping generously.  Although I’d expected a few bumps in handing off... Read more »
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Eating Like an Expat in the Time of Coronavirus

Caveat: I am not an expert in anything, but living abroad.  Having lived for 16 years in what some have undiplomatically call “shit holes”, how did I keep myself and my family healthy while eating a bounty of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables? Cleaning fruits and vegetables like an expat. Where the original suggestion... Read more »

Trumpistan; the American Banana Republic

To concur with more famous writers than I, no Americans want to live in a banana republic in America, neither Trumpers nor Never Trumpers. For raised in the heady feeling of freedom, we Americans are an entitled people who believe we have inalienable rights. In banana republic dictatorships, without a rule of law, the state... Read more »

The Blogger's Kondo Moment

As rather ratty, winter weather crept into Western Massachusetts, it seemed like a good time to spring clean my notes about living abroad. Do they still bring me joy, or was it time to recycle them into the mental blue bin of goodbye? Pudgy Politicians versus Hard-Working Hands With an administration in Washington DC whose uncalloused... Read more »
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Restaurants Won't Let Me Eat Out OR (My Meniere's Diet & Why Amazon Is My Grocer)

Who knew I’d be effectively banned from most restaurants due to salt, the major trigger of my inner ear Meniere’s disease. Not just the fast food, salt sodden-burgers and French fries ones, but (almost) all restaurants. Who knew so many restaurants don’t actually make food? Happily there are still some real restaurants. On a recent 3-generation outing.... Read more »

A Bibliophile's Guide to Learning Without Books

Much of what I’ve learned has been harvested from the experience of others. You may even be one of the people I learned from, or not. For example, everything I ever learned about the law began with my weekly infusion of Perry Mason. I wasn’t alone in this, given the interrogation of Senator Al Franken of... Read more »

The Beer Bottle Burglar et al.

Curacao 1983-1986 The maid heard the Beer Bottle burglar from her snug, en suite bedroom located outside the family’s home. Behind her solid wood, securely locked door, she heard the pop of a bottle top followed by a glug sound. The question was, what to do? It wasn’t her home, she only lived there as... Read more »
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The Expatriate Dog; Bilingual International Canines

Lima, Peru 1972 The first expatriate dogs I knew were my future in-laws’s German Shepherd, Aristotle, and ankle-biter Lhasa Apso, and Shih Tzu named Gin and Soda. Alas Tonic and Whiskey had died before I arrived. German shepherds like Aristotle and other big teethed dogs were ubiquitous in Latin America as guard or watch dogs.... Read more »
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    TIMELINE June 1972 to June 1973---Candace moves to Lima (Peru)----- June 1973 to May 1974---Candace and The Husband live in Glendale AZ----- May 1974 to August 1974---Living in Toronto, Ontario (Canada)----- September 1974 to May 1975---Living in Aberdeen SD----- May 1975 to July 1979---Living in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)----- July 1979 to June 1980---Living in Asuncion (Paraguay)----- June 1980 to September 1980---Living in NYC----- September 1980 to November 1982---Living in Connecticut----- November 1982 to January 1983---Living in Ponce, Puerto Rico (USA)----- February 1983 to July 1986---Living in Willemstad, Curacao (Netherlands Antilles)----- July 1986 to July 1989---Living in Guayaquil (Ecuador)----- July 1989 to July 1995---Living in Connecticut (yes, again)----- July 1995 to August 2001---Living in Mexico City (Mexico)----- August 2001---Return to Gringolandia (a.k.a. United States of America)----- I was an accidental expatriate; love and marriage led me to it. One day I was a bandy-legged kid sitting atop my dogwood tree looking out of my small backyard world in 1950s New Jersey, wanting to move somewhere--anywhere, different. Next thing I knew I met a young hirsute anti-war, soon-to-be-Peace Corps volunteer, fell in love and moved to Peru in the 1970s. WHAT an adventure it's been!! NOTE: I gave up Facebook, so apologies that I cannot answer any comments since it is only set up via FB.

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