Reflections on international living and travel



Jeffrey and Ira on bench near Durlassboden reservoir, Austria 

About this bloggish thing

This bloggish web site is a collection of thoughts, observations, reflections and ideas inspired by international living and travel. I hope it will provide you with three things: a sense of what other places and cultures are like; inspiration to look at your life in new ways and a laugh. But, I don't want to be overly ambitious. If you get two out of three of those things from any of our stories, I will be happy.

This is not a travel blog in the usual sense. I offer few if any tips. I don't go into detail about places I visit. And, I don't do the Instagram influencer thing of posing in a bikini in front of  impressive beach resorts . I don't look good in a bikini.

This blog was initially a solo project. But, Ira came into my life as I was getting it started and it has become a team thing. For the moment, most of the posts are mine. But, I am a sloppy writer. Ira edits, proofreads and makes suggestions for most of the stories posted here. If you see lots of typos in anything, it's because she hasn't reviewed it yet.

Here's who we are...


Jeffrey Baumgartner  is the author of three books, including the science fiction humour novel, The Insane Journey, the businessy Anticonventional Thinking, and the even more businessy The Way of the Innovation Master. Until recently, he gave corporate workshops and keynote speeches on creativity and innovation. However, he's recently decided to stop telling clients how to be creative so he can focus on being more creative himself. Over the years, he's been a writer, entrepreneur, teacher and artist. He's lived and worked in the USA, the UK, Portugal, Germany, Thailand and Belgium.

Jeffrey's current projects include: Jeffosophy - essays on stuff that he has learned over the years; - a collection of his recent artwork; and The Imagination Club - hosting experimental workshops in Brussels.


Ira Nikolayeva is a senior translation project manager, freelance translator and artist. In the past she was a teacher and has probably done other things she hasn't told me about. She is fluent in at least five languages - Ukrainian, Russian, English, Polish and Dutch - and has a grasp of countless others. She has deep interests in philosophy, psychology and strange music. She has lived and worked in Ukraine, Poland and the Netherlands.




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