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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Innovative New Gear for Olympic Athletes- Coming soon to a store near you!

Foreign Service Life

  So, the Olympics are just around the corner.  Several new products are debuting there that will be available to the public shortly after.  Check out this great article in Fast Company that talks about the new arrivals.  I’ve showcased a couple of my favorites.  The first is Nike’s PRECOOL vest, which atheletes wear for […]

August 6, 2008
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The Pedal Pub: Good Slow Fun!

Misc.

So, I came across this crazy contraption called the Pedal Pub and decided I must share it with you.  This wild ride can be rented for $120-$140 an hour, depending on the time length you want to take it out.  Up to 16 people can participate and you get to drink as you pedal.  There […]

August 5, 2008
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Monday’s Perspective: The Story of Stuff

Environment

Try this on for size…. you may agree with it or you may not.  I thought it was an incredibly well-done production, no matter what you thought of the content.

August 4, 2008
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A Trip Down Memory Lane

Date ideas

Nick and I spent a day at the zoo this weekend.  It had been at least 10 years since I’d been there and it’s always interesting to compare an experience in the present to what you remember from long ago.  The zoo just opened a 1.5 million dollar exhibit called Russia’s Grizzly Coast earlier this […]

August 3, 2008
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It’s a Wonderful Life!

Recommendations

Okay all, I hope this isn’t too morbid to talk about, but today’s topic is related to funerals.  I came across this amazing website called My Wonderful Life, which essentially lets you plan your funeral- everything from the headstone inscription to music to aftercare of your pets!  You get to designate up to 6 angels […]

July 31, 2008
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Fun in South Dakota

Recommendations

Hi all- After 10 hours of driving home yesterday I must comment on the fact that my body does not handle road trips like it used to.  Who’d have thought that my body’s adaptability would decline so much between 25 and 28!  A word to the young- enjoy it while you can!  That being said, […]

July 28, 2008
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Back on Monday!

Misc.

Nick and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to see Mount Rushmore, so I’ll be taking a blogging break for a few days.  We also managed to land a cabin in Custer State Park, which is supposed to be booked 6 months in advance.  Maybe someone decided to trade their vacation for a “stay-cation”, […]

July 25, 2008
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Restaurant Review: Khyber Pass Cafe

Restaurant Reviews/Food Topics

Nick and I ventured down to Grand and Snelling to try out the Afghani restaurant Khyber Pass.  I’d seen lots of reviews about it and we were in the mood for something different.  The service was wonderful- I believe we even had the owner come to our table to talk about the menu with us.  […]

July 25, 2008
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