I am Ariadne R. Petrucelli. The R stands for Rodriguez my maiden name. I was born in Medellin, Colombia in 1961. In 1964, at the age of 2, we moved to the US. My parents’ plan was to spend 3 years there to study English and enjoy the culture. We made Queens, New York our home. Well, three years became ten and finally, in 1974, we returned to Colombia. I lived there from ages 12  until 16. These years were crucial to my development as I learned to appreciate what being “Latina” was all about. We returned to the US because my father really missed living there. My mother and I had enjoyed Colombia but were happy to return. We relocated in my junior year of high school. In college I studied electrical engineering.

Upon graduation I accepted a position with a top global conglomerate. My first assignment took me to their Turbine Division in Schenectady, New York. This is when I learned to ski and continue to enjoy it to this day. I also obtained a masters in engineering in Schenectady. My second engineering assignment was in the company’s Aerospace Division in King of Prussia, PA. It was there that I met my future husband who is a South Jersey boy. We both agreed to quit our jobs and go back to Graduate school full-time. We moved to Boston, MA to get our MBA’s. It was during these years we both developed our passion for cooking. After our graduations in 1990 we relocated to New Jersey. I went on to work in business development and international marketing roles.  We got married in 1991. After wanting a dog my whole life I finally got not just one but two yellow Labrador puppies in 1992. We named them Tokyo and Paris. Tokyo and Paris were a huge positive impact in my life.

In 1997, I became an expat partner when my husband accepted a position in Brussels, Belgium. We had wanted to live overseas and jumped at the opportunity. This move also coincided with our first pregnancy so I decided to take time off from career. We spent four amazing years in Brussels where both our children were born. In 2001, we returned to the United States with our two dogs and two children. We lived 5 years in Westport, CT. Eventually, our puppies grew old and died. In 2007 we moved to West Chester, PA.  We had the joy of welcoming our chocolate Labrador into the family that same year. In 2011, we had the opportunity to relocate to London, UK where we currently reside.

My sabbatical is going on 14 years. I am the mother of two wonderful teens, a 14 year-old son and a 12 year-old daughter. I like to think of myself as an executive coach to the future leaders of the world, a.k.a. Mom. I enjoy food, cooking, wine, beer, travel, dogs, skiing, photography, walking, and all things international. I am fluent in Spanish and have raised our children bi-lingual. I practice mindfulness and work out. I collect cook books (my husband keeps saying to not buy more). I like to think of myself as a guitar player although it’s been a while since I’ve played, but that does not take away my love for the instrument. I also like to think of myself as a positive person but I still find occasions to complain when at times my glass goes from half full to half empty. My family likes to jokingly set a daily limit on my number of complaints during vacations.

I hope my overall life and  international experiences serve as a source of support, encouragement, and entertainment to my readers.

If you want to read why I named the blog what I did then read my post, What’s in a Name,



3 thoughts on “About

  1. So. I’m pushing a cart following Donna, in Walmart of all places,shopping for odds and ends and my phone beeps to notify me of a new email. You would not believe the smile on my face when I saw what it was.

    What a great blog. I couldnt put it down and now Donna and the rest of Walmart is looking at me funny as I read every page. LOL

    Can’t wait for the next post. Send love to the family.

    Alejandro and Donna

  2. You got me hooked! As a “kindred spirit” of international travel and living, I find your blog fascinating and inspiring. Now I just have to find the time in my hectic life to follow your blog. These days I feel lucky if I can just keep up with e-mail. I’ve failed miserably with the whole Facebook thing, much to the chagrin of my “Facebook addicted” family in California who keep telling me to go to Facebook to see pictures of “so and so” and to catch up on family news. How do they all find time to get on Facebook so much?, I keep asking myself. My life is consumed with a full-time job, three boys in traveling soccer, my evening workouts a few times a week and constantly catching up on household chores. And without even going on to the computer at home most week days, I still don’t get to bed before 11 pm! I must be doing something wrong. Sin embargo, mi querida Ariadne, haré todo lo posible por seguir tu nuevo blog. Me encantó. Felicitaciones por tu excelente presentación y contenido. You rock! 🙂

    1. Hola Patricia,
      I am so glad you are enjoying the blog. I am having a really good time writing it and taking pictures for it. I never got too involved with Facebook either. Listen, I admire your stamina, don’t sell yourself short. You are being “Executive Coach to the Future Leaders of the World, a.k.a. MOM, to 3 sons, working full time in a position that gives so much to the community, you are taking care of yourself and a family, oh and not to mention the household. Listen, it’s you who rocks!!!!! Thank you for being such a good friend and supporter. Abrazos

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