A Family Trip to an Ancestral Homeland: Lithuania, the Ukraine, and Russia
Last month, Alan, Charlotte, and I traveled to Lithuania, the Ukraine, and Russia. The whole trip was a study in contrasts—to see the opulent palaces of the tsars in St. Petersburg alongside a history of oppression under both Stalin and Hitler was honestly hard to take at times … but it’s so important to understand the painful periods of history.
Ask Harriet: Burma temple visits
Q: My husband cannot go barefoot for medical reasons and I am trying to gauge whether he will be able to go into the temples in Burma, and on our pre-trip extension to Laos. I wonder how much—if anything—he will miss in both countries. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Virtual Bulletin Board
Facebook’s IPO may have been making the top headlines lately, but there’s no shortage of other exciting social media news online, including one of my new favorite sites: Pinterest. A virtual bulletin board of sorts, Pinterest allows you to organize and share your interests like vacation photos, favorite recipes, and what’s on your “Bucket List”...
Bites from Burma
Fish soup for breakfast might sound like something that would make whimsical rhymes for a Dr. Seuss book, but it’s quite popular in Burma, where mohinga (mohingar) is not only the national dish, but it’s also most often eaten in the morning. Though some versions are served with boiled eggs typical of a Western breakfast, fish broth and noodles always serve as the base for a colorful, fragrant feast with lots of flavor layers: garlic, ginger, lemongrass, onions, and more, depending on the region and availability of ingredients...