Showing posts from August, 2014

Hubcap Burgers and Road Trips

I found myself last week, once again, on my way back from Dallas, Texas. This was the first time I brought my children on one of these cross country trips. We had an exceptionally great time, eventually stopping at the Space Camp in Alabama, and traveling more than 2500 miles. It's strange to me how in a few weeks time I'll be boarding a plane for Europe, but on this trip I was miles in the middle of now-where-Arkansas, looking for a dilapidated old general store with no mobile phone service. Travel is the best test for adaption. I love moving from one place to the next, meeting different people, finding myself reacting to altered realities. Such a place is that of Cotham's Mercantile in Arkansas.

It's about fifteen miles outside of Little Rock. There is no cell service (at least for my phone), and there's not another business for miles. Honestly if you didn't know the place was there, you'd drive by thinking its was an abandoned relic from hundreds of years…

U.K. Passport or Visa Photos in the U.S.

Tomorrow I'm driving down to Raleigh to do bio-metrics for my U.K visa. Interestingly, I ran into a bit of a snag on the visa photos. U.K. (and a lot of European countries) require the passport photo to be 35mm x 45mm. The American standard is 2"x2" (50.8mm x 50.8mm). I had assumed with modern technology, I could just go into my local CVS and press a button on the Kodak Kiosk to adjust the dimensions (after all Kodak has kiosks in the U.K.), however, after thirty minutes of tinkering, I found no such option exists. I consulted the two employees behind the counter who referred me to Walgreens, and who seemed offended that an American would want to leave for a foreign country. I did not really want to drive the twenty miles to the local Walgreens, so I went home and tried an electronic service called, which comes highly recommend on many expat websites.

I wouldn't recommend this service if I wasn't genuinely pleased with the service (I'm n…