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Jordan in a nutshell...

JORDAN | Monday, 8 Dec 2008 | Views [2179]

I hate doing these 'nutshell' entries because it's a sure sign that I've been too busy to journal. I much prefer a more relaxed pace in which I can write freely when I have the notion. But what's to be done when there is so much to see in so little time? ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing


The exodus from Cairo to Jordan...

JORDAN | Wednesday, 3 Dec 2008 | Views [1152]

We headed to Jordan via the Sinai area again (which is unavoidable unless you are flying or go through Israel). It was good to revisit Mt. Sinai because it gave us an opportunity to see the inside of St. Catherine's Monastery, which was closed the day ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, cultural observations, sightseeing


Sunrise on Mt. Sinai...

EGYPT | Friday, 28 Nov 2008 | Views [2211]

While all of you were likely enjoying a turkey feast for Thanksgiving, I ate grilled chicken and kushari in the Sinai. The next morning, we awoke at 1:30am (!) to begin our hike up Mt. Sinai so that we could reach the summit by sunrise. For those who ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing


Riding Donkey to the Valley of the Kings...

EGYPT | Wednesday, 26 Nov 2008 | Views [5380]

I can honestly say that we've tried just about every form of transportation on this trip, with the notable exception of bicycles (which would be ridiculously stupid on Egyptian roads, but you do see them). We've traveled via bus, van, train, boat, ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, planes trains & automobiles, sightseeing


Traveling via police convoy...

EGYPT | Monday, 24 Nov 2008 | Views [2068]

There are many parts of Egypt, Upper Egypt in particular (and remember, Upper Egypt is actually southern Egypt), in which travel restrictions apply to all foreigners. After a number of terrorist incidents resulted in the deaths of tourists in the 1990s, ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, planes trains & automobiles, sightseeing


Marley & me...

EGYPT | Saturday, 22 Nov 2008 | Views [1249]

Bob Marley seems to be an uninvited guest on our travels. I'm not sure I understand the local fascination with him, but so far I've seen several Bob Marley flags, CDs, and a boat named the Bob Marley. We took a felucca ride on the Nile yesterday and ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing


On the Nile to Kom Ombu...

EGYPT | Friday, 21 Nov 2008 | Views [1538]

I would like to say that we are roughing it at the moment, but life on the boat has been incredibly relaxing. Thankfully, we dock at stops along the way to get a taste of the towns and the sites, but much of our day is spent lounging on the deck and ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing


Not sleeping on a sleeper train...

EGYPT | Thursday, 20 Nov 2008 | Views [1074]

After exploring the city of Alexandria, which is three hours north of Cairo, we are on a sleeper train to Luxor. Surprisingly the train is on time, because we hear that it is notorious for considering its schedule more of a "guideline," give ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, planes trains & automobiles, sightseeing


The call of the muezzin...

EGYPT | Monday, 17 Nov 2008 | Views [1391]

I've discovered that I really like the sound of the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer. The sound has a peaceful quality to it that I find soothing. I imagine it would be easy to live here without a watch and instead keep time according to the sonorous ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing


The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu...

PERU | Tuesday, 2 Oct 2007 | Views [2978]

Day 1 The day of our Inca Trail trip had finally arrived. The first day began in the Sacred Valley about 40 minutes outside of Ollantaytambo where there is a checkpoint at which you present your ticket and your passport. This may sound a little odd, ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing


The food in Peru, part II

PERU | Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | Views [2604]

So maybe the idea of alpaca steaks, alpaca diane, and alpaca carpacchio was too much to endure. If so, perhaps you´ll find cuy—another regional favorite—more palatable, no? I took this photo outside of Pisac when we stopped at a traditional chicha house ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, food & eating, sightseeing


A trip to Puno and Lake Titicaca...

PERU | Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | Views [2805]

I just returned last night from a long weekend in Puno and Lake Titicaca with two other volunteers, Genelle and Claudine. It was a little vacation from vacation, if you will. A week ago a meteorite crash-landed outside the city of Puno and soon thereafter ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, food & eating, sightseeing


A trip to the Sacred Valley...

PERU | Saturday, 15 Sep 2007 | Views [815]

It isn´t all about work here in Peru. In fact, our first full week contained plenty of sightseeing as we eased ourselves into being in Peru, being together as a group, acclimatizing to the altitude, and becoming accustomed to the Pumamarca school in general.... Read more >

Tags: adventures, doctors hospitals & health, sightseeing


Exploring the Incan puma...

PERU | Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | Views [2332]

Yesterday we spent a full day exploring the many Inca ruins that can be found in Cuzco. We started with a horseback ride from lower Sacsayhuaman to one of the sites at higher elevation where many Inca tunnels can be found. During the time of the Incas, ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing


A short stay in Lima...

PERU | Saturday, 8 Sep 2007 | Views [994]

In Lima, I met up with two of my fellow volunteers. Since we weren´t going to be in Lima for long, we took a tour of the city and saw many of the major sites. We started in the Plaza Mayor, which is at the heart of central Lima. On one side of the plaza ... Read more >

Tags: sightseeing


There and back again...

SPAIN | Monday, 28 Aug 2006 | Views [754]

So here we are, my final entry for this trip. My luggage never did make it to my hotel. Instead, this morning when I returned to the airport to catch my flight home, I stopped in the baggage terminal and lo-and-behold: there it stood, in a sea of other ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles, relaxation, sightseeing


The heavenly hamam...

TURKEY | Wednesday, 23 Aug 2006 | Views [992]

I can't finish writing about Turkey without mentioning our trip to a traditional hamam, or Turkish bath. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, but I was ready for a bit of relaxation. The Turkish bath experience goes like this: you arrive, remove your ... Read more >

Tags: relaxation, sightseeing


Turkey in a nutshell...

TURKEY | Wednesday, 23 Aug 2006 | Views [1398]

Krystal eventually did make it to Istanbul, albeit just by the skin of her teeth and much later than expected. She was fortunate to have been on one of only a few flights that were allowed out of London that day. Flying to Istanbul from Athens might have ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing


Terrorist plots and flying carpets...

TURKEY | Sunday, 13 Aug 2006 | Views [883]

Several days ago, a terrorist plot to bomb nine planes with liquid explosives (concealed in carry-on luggage) was foiled at Heathrow Airport. Needless to say, it’s been all over the media and has resulted in even tighter flight restrictions. I had no ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, planes trains & automobiles, sightseeing


A whirlwind week in the Peloponnese...

GREECE | Friday, 11 Aug 2006 | Views [1688]

Due to the magic of the Internet, a whole week in the Peloponnese has already passed. You see, this week has been my one chance to get caught up in my journals once-and-for-all, so I have been cramming over two weeks of entries into one. This entry will ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing


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