Jennifer Lyn King

writer photographer artist world traveler

Why Ukraine Matters

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Why Ukraine Matters

“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” — Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl Several years ago, my husband came to me with a proposal to move overseas for the company where he works. It had long...

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Appreciation: The Greatest Part of Returning to the USA

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Appreciation: The Greatest Part of Returning to the USA

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.  ~G.B. Stern “To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” -Johannes A. Gaertner (1912-1996) Art History Professor, Theologian, Poet “In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”...

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Saying Goodbye to Prague, Hello to USA

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Saying Goodbye to Prague, Hello to USA

How lucky I am to have known someone who was so hard to say goodbye to. Almost four years ago, I learned that my family and I would move across the ocean to a faraway city called Prague. My first question was, “Where is Prague?” The opportunity to move there was for my husband’s job, and we thought the stay in Eastern Europe would be for 2 or 3 years. It was a dream for us, to...

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My Favorite Italian Hideaways

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My Favorite Italian Hideaways

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” -Giuseppe Verdi When my family and I moved to Europe 3 1/2 years ago, one of our first travel goals was to explore Italy. Everything we had ever seen or read about Italy made it the destination that topped our travel wish list. We were seeking the famous Tuscan sun, the wines, the antiquities, the olives, the people and the food and...

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23 Countries & 5 Seas: My 3 Years in Prague Travel Log

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23 Countries & 5 Seas: My 3 Years in Prague Travel Log

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine of Hippo In the past few years, since my family and I moved to Europe from the US Midwest, I’ve had the opportunity to see and travel to far more places than I ever dreamed. It’s been one incredible adventure. During that time, I’ve written dozens of posts on my travels around Europe, from...

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My 3 Years in Prague

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My 3 Years in Prague

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. I’m not sure there is a way to become an expat besides just taking the leap. Actually, a leap from a cliff into a murky pool of water. There is no way to know if, on the other side of a Trans-Atlantic move, it will work out until you try it. It’s like diving into...

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3 Hours inside Prague Castle: 10 Favorite Sites to See

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3 Hours inside Prague Castle: 10 Favorite Sites to See

“Prague never lets you go… this dear little mother has sharp claws.” – Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist Prague is the most beautiful city on earth, and I think Franz Kafka agreed with me. Even after living in Prague as an expat for three years, I still have not tired of Prague’s beauty. From the steep city hills to the winding Vltava River, to the...

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The Necessity of Friends

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The Necessity of Friends

Hi All! This week, I was invited to write a piece for a novelist friend, Hallie Sawyer’s, blog. She is also working on a first novel, and is a super-busy mom of three active kids in the United States. Because of Hallie, I can say this: friends in the writing world are a necessity; she is one of my treasures. Click on the link here to get to my blog on Writing, Prague, and the Necessity of...

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Amsterdam for a Weekend: A Photojournal

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Amsterdam for a Weekend: A Photojournal

Laughter is an instant vacation.  ~Milton Berle There are some times in life that leave us depleted, and other times that fill us back up. For me, this past weekend was one of the latter, when I traveled with one of my closest friends to her native Holland, to Amsterdam. Not only did we have the little break to refuel and refresh, but we had a time of rich experiences and near-constant laughter....

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Prague and the Longest Day of the Year

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Prague and the Longest Day of the Year

“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”  -Bern Williams In Prague, there is one sure way know that it is the longest day of the year: it is officially dark  from 11:30pm to 2:30am. Yes, we are at the shortest night of the year, and I can hardly imagine how people North of Prague are able to get any sleep … it is a really strange sensation to...

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La Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium: A Photojournal

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La Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium: A Photojournal

La Grand-Place in Brussels is a remarkably homogeneous body of public and private buildings, dating mainly from the late 17th century. The architecture provides a vivid illustration of the level of social and cultural life of the period in this important political and commercial centre. -UNESCO, on La Grand-Place For the past few weeks, I’ve been adding photojournals on Fridays from a...

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Barcelona through My Lens: A Photo Journal

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Barcelona through My Lens: A Photo Journal

“It’s the change of rhythm which I think is what keeps me alive. In Spain I hear so much noise from my window that can’t stand it. In Switzerland it’s the lack of noise that drives me crazy.” -Geraldine Chaplin All my life, I have dreamed of going to Spain … from the days of my first Spanish class in 6th grade to the advanced Spanish literature and history classes I took...

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Crossing the Czech Border into Poland

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Crossing the Czech Border into Poland

“And no invader has ever conquered the heart of Poland, that spirit which is the inheritance of sons and daughters, the private passion of families and the ancient, unbreakable tie to all those who came before.” -James A. Michener, U.S. novelist A few weeks ago, we drove North from Prague, across the border into Poland. We had not been before, and wanted to see it–and to visit the small...

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One Year in Prague

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One Year in Prague

Posted on July 22, 2010 Growth is the only evidence of life. ~John Henry Newman, Apologia pro vita sua, 1864   We have a globe in our house– you know, the normal kind with the light blue ocean and different colors for every country in the world. But before we moved to Europe last summer, our youngest son, age 6 at the time, had a funny way of talking about the countries on the globe. He...

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Ten Must-Haves for Expats Living Abroad

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Ten Must-Haves for Expats Living Abroad

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” -Walt Disney We have lived in Prague, Czech Republic, for six months now, and I thought I would write out a list of the top ten things we feel we can’t live without, as US expats living in a non-English-speaking country. So far, our experiences...

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