First off, Happy Halloween! We are celebrating with a flight home from Amsterdam, but hopefully we'll be at least enjoying a bit of Dutch candy! Will you celebrate at all? Does your home or expat home celebrate Halloween? Lithuania really doesn't, but Halloween isn't my favorite holiday, so I guess I don't mind at all (I do like the candy though).
I spent the majority of this month glued to my computer during childcare hours and playing in the park with Baby ISO the rest of the time. The busy month of work was in anticipation to our big trip to The Netherlands, which we should be on the way home from now (I'm writing this in advance). All month I was very excited for our trip, and I can't wait to share photos and articles about our trip soon!
As the months go by and it gets closer and closer to the new year, J and I are assessing our options for living abroad vs. back in the US. Who knows, we may have an exciting announcement to share in a few month's time.
Because it got pretty cold in October, I've been all about snuggling up in with a good book after Baby ISO has gone to sleep for the night. I blew through a few Agatha Christie novels that I borrowed from the library. Now I'm reading a mystery by P. D. James. I've never read her work before, but I'm enjoying this book (The Lighthouse*).
This month was kept busy with editing for my own academic services as well as with Trip101 travel articles. Additionally, I had the opportunity to write a few articles (and have another in the pipeline) for the trekking website Inside Himalayas. The articles I've written have focused on plants and Tibetans, and they really make me miss my time spent in China.
You can find the articles that I wrote this month at the links below:
Trek Among Blooming Rhododendrons in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan for Inside Himalayas
Enjoying Christmas In Vilnius, LT for Trip101
The Origin Of The Decorated Christmas Tree: Riga, Latvia for Trip101
Five Fun Things To Do In Riga, Latvia for Trip101
Destination Profile: The Curonian Spit, Lithuania for Trip101
Day Trip From Riga: Jurmala, Latvia for Trip101
Coming Next Month
In November, we'll mostly stick around Vilnius and hopefully get to enjoy a few tasty meals out at favorite restaurants as well as enjoy the lit candles of All Saints Day. We are also contemplating a quick visit to Tallinn, Estonia to marvel at their Christmas Market.
On the blog, expect to a couple of posts about our trip to The Netherlands. I also think things will get a bit Christmasy around here, so stay tuned for that :)
My favorite post that I wrote this month was about Lithuanian names and how they relate to plants. It was a really fun article to write -- I hope you liked it as well! I also shared some trip planning resources for The Netherlands and a video of Vilnius.
How was your month? What are your plans for November?