What’s in a Number?

"So how many countries will this be for you?" "53." "Wow, high five bruh!" As I was listening to this exchange between a couple of co-workers before our last holiday, I realized I've never understood people like this. You know the type, and can spot them easily as they often have country flags sewn on…

Ava’s Educational App Toolkit

I've made a career out of educational technology. Twenty years ago, there was not even job descriptions like mine. Now, with the ever cascading deluge of platforms, apps and innovation that changes as fast as the color of a banana peel, schools and organizations hire people like me that can explain technology adoption in simple…

Mongolia Part 3: Among the Holy

The scenery has taken a big change. For our first few days in Mongolia, the steppe was a smooth, barren landscape. What was once ankle high scrub gave way to hills, gullies and glens spotted with small trees. During our drive, we were 4 wheel creeping over lava flows, and insolent river crossings, which turned…

Mongolia Part 2: Among Riders

It's funny how one tiny piece of equipment can turn an entire piece of machinery useless. Creative Commons This was the case for me with during our first night in the Ger when (while packing back in Korea) I left my CPAP mask behind, rendering my CPAP machine I'd brought to Mongolia, useless. I was…

Mongolia Part 1: Among Nomads

After 17 years of living in Asia, we decided to go to Mongolia. Mongolia, we heard, was hard on small children and wanted to put off the long, overland travel times until Ava had turned 7 or 8. Some friends of ours did self travel with real little ones (ages 3 to 7), and they…