Hi, I'm Sarah and this is my blog. With nearly a decade of posts, Novakistan is filled with stories from my early days in Minnesota and then our Diplomatic adventures in the Philippines, Peru, DC and Malawi, our current home. I'm glad you're here and hope you enjoy our overseas adventures as much as we do!
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The Night Nick Broke his Back

Foreign Service LifeMalawi

Last night Nick and I were on the way to a party for Norway’s National Day. It was 6 PM when we arrived, which in Malawi means that it’s pitch black (streetlights are few and far between here and often, even when installed, they aren’t on). We got directed to park by a parking guard. […]

May 18, 2017
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On Spirituality (and Getting My Hands Dirty)

Foreign Service LifeInspirationMalawi

I’ve been noticing some very cool shifts happening in me lately which have, quite honestly, taken me by surprise. No huge revelations or changes in my path, just a growing awareness of things I’ve ignored for a long time. It began with the realization that I was very disconnected from my spirituality. After some exploration, […]

May 11, 2017
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Derby Day!

Foreign Service Life

Ladies & Gents – It’s Derby Day here in Lilongwe! This is no small deal, as I’ve been waiting my whole life to go to a Kentucky Derby Party. So of course we had to go all out. :) Nia and I had matching dresses made out of local fabric (chitenge). Then of course there […]

May 7, 2017
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Making a Difference on Earth Day

Foreign Service LifeMalawiVolunteering

This past Saturday, a group of 20 of us from the Embassy had the opportunity to do a volunteer project with a local non-profit. This was the first volunteer project I’d planned, so I was nervous about how it would go, especially since we were going out to work in a local village. My worry was […]

April 24, 2017
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Easter Mania

Foreign Service LifeMalawi

It’s been a week full of Easter-related fun and while it’s brought much delight to the young’uns, it’s brought MUCH exhaustion to Mommy. The week kicked off with our Embassy Egg Hunt & Brunch. This was my first big event and with 100+ signed up I was a wee bit nervous. Holidays carry a lot […]

April 18, 2017
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2 New Backyard Additions

Foreign Service Life

Our backyard gained two exciting new additions this week. The first was a slack line that Nick put up in the backyard. We got hooked on slack lines in Lima, which were constantly strung up on the Malecon. They’re reasonably inexpensive (~$75) and provide hours of fun. There have been a few squabbles over waiting turns […]

April 8, 2017
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A Hodgepodge of Updates

Foreign Service Life

 I have a whole bunch of unrelated things that I wanted to update you on, so just know in advance that this post is going to be all over the place. I CAN promise that it will be full of tantalizing updates though! British Influence  What post would be complete without a Nia story? Here’s […]

March 29, 2017
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Ladies Day Out

Foreign Service LifeHealth/BeautyMalawi

I took Nia to a Malawian beauty shop for the first time two weeks ago. We started with a basic trim because, although she’d like it short again, we have to grow it out for her ballet recital this spring. The best part was that her stylist surprised us by insisting on a full blow-out after […]

March 22, 2017
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