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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July 21, 2008

Hip Replacement in Bangalore anyone?

Foreign Service Life

Fast Company recently featured this story titled: Why Americans are Going Abroad for Health Care. Over half a million Americans flew overseas last year to save up to 90% off of US rates on major surgeries. And yes, they paid out-of-network rates and still saved that much! This isn’t that farfetched though, as many major […]

July 21, 2008

In Love with Network Spinal Analysis


Well, I continue to explore new and crazy things.  I worry that I’m going to develop a complex and you’ll all think I’m crazy.  But I swear, this is one of the coolest things I’ve stumbled on in a LONG time.  It’s called Network Spinal Analysis and builds off of chiropractic care, except minus all […]

July 18, 2008

Restaurant Review: Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine

Restaurant Reviews/Food Topics

I like to think of myself as a food snob after my time in the Target Deli.  I mean, I do know my cheese!  I also learned quite a bit about the restaurant scene.  Therefore, I see it as my duty to share my latest and greatest restaurant finds.  On Saturday night Nick and I […]

July 14, 2008

Goodbye Car!


So I got rid of my car!  I know you’re probably thinking that I’m crazy right now, but I swear, carless living has been one of the best things I’ve done for myself in a long time.  Here are some of the ups and downs that I’ve seen so far. Benefits: Bus Buddies: I have […]

July 14, 2008

Get ready world…I'm blogging!


Strange how nerve-wracking a first post can be- I feel like I need to have some grandiose introduction or a profound thought to share.  Unfortunately, I have neither of those for you today, but I can promise one thing from my blog: AMUSING STORIES!  Yes, it’s true.  Strange things happen to me.  I also like to try […]

July 13, 2008
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