Back in the USA

IMG_7932It’s been a little more than two weeks since we arrived back in the USA. We have spent the time reconnecting with family and friends, relaxing in nature, and trying to readjust to all of the little things that make the United States unique. The reality that we aren’t simply on vacation, soon to return to our home in Latvia, is starting to set in… not necessarily in a bad way; rather, in a time-to-move-on kind of way. We’ve recovered from our jetlag, and hearing English spoken all around us has started to feel familiar once again.  Continue reading →

Panoramic Views from the Top of the Washington Monument

IMG_5522Earlier this week, we enjoyed a wonderful visit with family who made the long journey from Washington (state) to Washington (DC). In a city with so much to see and do, it’s always hard to pick and choose between DC’s numerous museums, monuments, historical sites, parks, and so on. We tried our best to give our relatives as full a DC experience as we could with limited time (and without completely exhausting them), and that included a trip up to the top of the Washington Monument. Continue reading →

Honoring the Fallen at Arlington National Cemetery

WreathsThe last time I set foot in Arlington National Cemetery was September 10, 2001, the day before the world as most Americans know it changed. I had just turned 22 a few weeks earlier and was living just west of the cemetery, next to Fort Myer Army post. I was young enough still to qualify for a military ID card as my parents’ dependent, and often took advantage of the perks of Fort Myer, like the commissary, post exchange, and cheaper gas. Continue reading →

On Tour at “Home” in Washington, D.C.

IMG_5022As a military kid, I grew up everywhere and nowhere, and my moving habit didn’t end with adulthood. I can’t really say that I have a hometown, but if I had to choose one, the Washington, D.C. area would be it. Collectively, over the past 35 years, between Maryland, northern Virginia, and the District of Columbia itself, I have spent over 15 years of my life in the D.C. area. You’d think that in that time, I would have seen all that D.C. has to offer, but in reality, I haven’t even come close. Continue reading →