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9 UNESCO Sites in 8 Days: A week with my parents

SPAIN | Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | Views [1570] | Comments [2]

Day 1. Wait for my parents by the side of a downtown Barcelona road, reading in the daily newspaper 'El Pais' about the heroics of Catalan great Pau Gasol, during the Lakers' run to the NBA finals. Barcelona continues to not be a real city. It is by ... Read more >

Tags: culture, food, roadtripping, spain

The Slow Life in Catalunya (Part Deux)

SPAIN | Tuesday, 27 May 2008 | Views [1123] | Comments [2]

I think my parents eat faster than me, but at the dinner table it never seems to be an issue. Here, though, I am consistently the only person left at the dinner table for 25 minutes on average. More on the food front: I am referred to as 'El Rey de la ... Read more >

Tags: culture, farming, food, history, work

Fresh Carrot Juice in the Hashemite Kingdom

JORDAN | Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | Views [1776] | Comments [2]

Now starting at center midfielder for Real Jordan Rift Valley... Right. I'm in a new country for the first time since I left America. It's different. They don't speak English in Jordan like they do in Israel. It's for the best. My Arabic is still in ... Read more >

Tags: culture, people

EXHIBIT A: Why I Travel

PALESTINE | Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | Views [1722] | Comments [4]

In Tiberias, with big plans to ride a bicycle around the Sea of Galilee tomorrow morning. Lots of amazing things are happening, but one 30-hour segment of my time in particular begs to be shared with others. I went to Bethlehem last Friday. ... Read more >

Tags: culture, people

Your music is the tears inside my eyes

ISRAEL | Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | Views [1376] | Comments [5]

My violin lurks beneath every story I tell on this blog. I realize now that I am not a solo violinist as of yet; my repertoire is way too thin. But if I didn't bring the beautiful instrument, then how many fewer people would I have met, how many fewer ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Fire of the Torah: An Epilogue

ISRAEL | Monday, 21 Jan 2008 | Views [942] | Comments [2]

My last official day at the yeshiva came and went, without being convinced to stay indefinitely. It was a more or less typical day: 840am. breakfast of puffed rice cereal, with milk poured from a bag, and my classmates musing about the proper blessing ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Waist Deep In The Kleepah

ISRAEL | Sunday, 13 Jan 2008 | Views [893] | Comments [2]

Friday night, and I had two more thank-you-for-this-ridiculous-peek-into-the-inner-recesses-of-Orthodox-Judaism moments. The first, imagine Fenway Park, packed with streimel-laden payas-swinging Chasidic men, all looking down onto the infield, where ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Gone to Give'at Moshe

ISRAEL | Tuesday, 1 Jan 2008 | Views [1205] | Comments [1]

I'm standing there sheepishly with Yehoshua, munching on a pear, as the men finish their davening (prayer). Finally the procession starts, the men all fall in line behind the groom and rabbis guiding him, around the mechitzah (gender fence) to the bride.... Read more >

Tags: culture, israel, religion, weddings

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