Breakfast with Bedouins – Petra

Entrance - Petra - Jordan

It was early. The kind of early that does not align well with vacation plans, even "vacations within a vacation" as I tended to describe this trip to be.  Only moments prior the sweet cacophony of the Adhan, a mainstay of Muslim countries, punctured the arid desert air of Wadi Musa and the surrounding valleys. With my cat like maneuvers honed … [Read more...]

Where to Travel in 2014

Marrakech, Morocco

With 2014 just starting up, it’s time to start planning your year of travel.  I pulled together a list of great destinations to check out in the new Year with recommendations on when to go there.  I pulled these from lists of places I have visited personally to make sure the recommendation is not simply just a rehash of other lists.   Here is … [Read more...]

2013 Year in Review – Life, Lessons, and Learning

Shenandoah National Park - Virginia

2013 was an interesting year…one of the most memorable to date. The beginning of 2013 found me in Qatar celebrating New Years with family members in a country I had visited 19 years prior. Qatar had certainly changed a lot in those 19 years although I only have vague recollection of my time there previously. All my cousins were grown, married, and … [Read more...]

Friday Photo: Along the trail in Petra

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It was a lovely winter morning as we wandered along the trails of Petra.  There were very few folks wandering about this morning which was one of the benefits of visiting during the winter months.  I saw these folks, local Bedouins hurry along down the trail along with the other few tourists who were on there way as well and I was lucky … [Read more...]

Friday Photo: Let it Snow – Jordan

Amman in the Snow - Amman, Jordan

I was hearing reports that it was planning to snow this weekend so not sure how that is going to affect my plans.  I was talking to recently and made me realize that this time last year was around the time when I landed in Jordan for my several months of study.  It is amazing how quickly time evaporates!  I am working on my next … [Read more...]

Egypt: In the steps of Moses

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“Wow that was scary” – C said as we got out of the van into the darkness. I looked around and thought about the hike ahead, and strangely had no recollection of the journey to get here.  For better or worse over years I’ve developed the ability to sleep almost anywhere.  A sort of parlor trick to perhaps amuse my row mates on those cramped … [Read more...]