Swayambhunath Temple: Monkey See, Monkey Kathmandu

No trip to Kathmandu is complete without making the trek to Swayambhunath Temple, located on a hill on the western edge of the city. It’s one of the numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites that dot Nepal’s capital, and a gorgeous tribute to the city’s cultural and religious heritage. The temple complex, which perches on the…

The Dowds Kathman-do Nepal

A long time ago, before a second pregnancy threw me off my blog game, I wrote this post on how traveling with a baby transformed my view of staying in resorts, ordering all the room service, and never leaving the glorious, expansive, beautifully-landscaped hotel grounds. For those that haven’t read it, my sleep-deprived and thoroughly…

How We Became Resort People

We have always prided ourselves on our status as no-frills, minimalist, rough and ready travelers. We pack carry-ons only – no checked luggage – and try not to worry when our hostel of choice tends a little more to the medium scary side than we expected. No door on the bathroom? No problem. No Wifi…

On the Wrong Side of History

I met An at a hospital in Alexandria, Virginia of all places, at my son’s bedside during his stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She was one of his nurses and, like most who are drawn to that profession, treated me with quiet compassion. It was only after weeks of occasional small talk, usually about…

The Dowds Visit the Pyramids

I’m not trying to brag or anything, but the Dowds just returned from our First Foreign Vacation since giving birth almost exactly one year ago. Our destination? Cairo – exotic, vibrant, and most importantly, a short non-stop flight from our current residence in Kuwait City. Perhaps we were cheating a little, dipping our big toe…

in medias res

This has become one of my favorite photos of us lately, and not just because we are killing it in matching plaid.

On Airplanes and Infants

Baby Dowd’s first flight covered seven thousand miles, traversed an ocean, and spanned thirteen long, empty hours. It was with a little trepidation that we prepared for this journey.

Here We Go Again: an Introduction

I know what you’re thinking – a new blog, eh? Didn’t we try this once already? What a great memory you have, conscience. Indeed we did.