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About grapejuice52

Words that define me (in no specific order): professor, cancer survivor, wife, explorer, foodie, photographer, writer, yogi. Motto: Fill your life with experiences, not things.

Fargo…yes…Fargo for vacation.

    Back to where it all began…at least my life in academia.  It had been four years since seeing our friends and colleagues in Fargo and North Dakota State University, so Kevin and spent two days driving (each way) … Continue reading

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Back in the USA…

My apologies.  It has been far too long since the last post, but I do have a good reason.  We returned to the US in July 2016.  In October of that year, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve in Dubai

My husband and I spent the holiday at the amazing JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai.  Yes, Dubai…the site of the horrific fire last night.  More on that in a moment.  We made our reservations six months ago and everything was … Continue reading

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Cookies…not turkey 

In years past I would by spending the day, if not weeks, before Thanksgiving preparing a traditional American feast for a dozen international students and friends. This year my kitchen is filled with the aroma of Tollhouse cookies. No turkey. … Continue reading

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Holiday Time…Paddle Boarding and Santa

One of the biggest adjustments to living in Abu Dhabi has been that the leaves don’t change; a visual reminder that the holidays are approaching.  The temperature has dropped from the 110+F to a more comfortable low 90s, but it … Continue reading

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The Pen Store

I typically don’t write about specific stores but this one is a hidden gem. Hidden between the hundreds of chain stores lining the avenue in the Taksim area is “Panter” selling writing instruments of all types along with leather bound … Continue reading

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Istanbul

I’m in Istanbul for a week attending the ICEEPSY conference. I actually am one of the keynote speakers. I’ve been to Istanbul many times and refer to it as my favorite city. The people are friendly, the food amazing, and … Continue reading

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