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My life, my work and my curiosity have taken me to over 32 countries. And it was in the 30th country while serving in the Peace Corps in Uzbekistan that I met my husband with whom I share a love for travelling the world and a concern for making it a better place.

Since serving as NGO (non-government organization) development volunteers in Uzbekistan, we have embarked on a career in international humanitarian aid. We have worked in Darfur, Sudan for six months and are now departing for Banda Aceh, Indonesia to work on post tsunami (2004) economic recovery. As always, we hope to give back as much as we will take from the experience, and to share what we learn along the way.

This blog started in 2003 after a transition out of international investment banking, the end of my independent travel in Africa, and before my Peace Corps departure. Its original purpose of providing an outlet for rants about life in a state of flux quickly became a source of intrigue and information for the outside world about a little known region of Central Asia and life in Uzbekistan.

It then served to keep our family and friends abreast of our work in Sudan and continues to do so now with reports out of Banda Aceh...