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Given that we are Americans in our early 30s living abroad for awhile, isn’t there some sort of imperative for us to blog about our experiences, discoveries, and ruminations? ¬†Besides, there are all those potential side benefits, like keeping up with friends and family, disseminating information that someone else on the Internet might find useful, and/or having a record for us to look back upon ourselves in the future.

Why “Tortoiseshell Tales”? ¬†Well, we could come up with some sort of explanation about how a brindled pattern of orange and black coloring is like the combination of sunny and stormy emotions one experiences when learning the ropes of living in a foreign country . . . but really, it’s just named after our cat.


Brian, Eve, and Xerion (who sometimes can’t decide on which lap to sit)

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