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Her Name is לִבְנָה

I got a new toy! Please welcome לִבְנָה (Livna) to the world! She is a white iPad mini. Before you think that I am really profound in my naming process, please know that לִבְנָה is “white” in Hebrew. 😉 I’ve never even really considered getting an iPad because an iPad isn’t something anyone really needs. BUT, I am so excited that I have one! I was able to use travel rewards to buy it, so free iPads are definitely something people need. I’m very excited to be able to use it to read and to show photos to clients and friends. The screen is so much bigger than my phone’s and it’s SO much lighter and more convenient that my laptop! I’m thankful! I feel like a whole new world of apps has been opened up to me now! Please let me know if there are any iPad apps that […]

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I need to get narrative

I was reading through the big news on CNN’s website – HA! – and I stumbled across a list of 25 totally unnecessary but desirable travel gadgets. I figured I would want all of them. Fortunately, I didn’t. HOWEVER, there were a few that caused me to do a bit more digging. One of them was the BioLite Stove that can cook food while using the energy from the fire to charge your electronic devices. Yes please! The next one was the SteriPen Ultra. It is a small light that emits diodes capable of killing over 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and protozoa that live in non-potable water. WOW! I want that and I want to distribute them to all those living in areas without access to clean water. It reminded me of my Dominican Republic days and the many times I got amoebas and bacteria from the water. Forget travelers, […]

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Paul of Tarsus
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Men of Athens…

So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they […]

DIY Photography

I will probably try every single one of these. As a black and white film turned digital photographer, I miss a lot of the effort involved in shooting quality photos. I still remember the high school photography class days. My senior year, I was the only one in Photo 3 and was therefore lumped into a Photo 1 class where I was responsible to set up and maintain the dark room every day. I had to mix the chemicals and check all the machines to ensure that the students had everything they needed to develop and print correctly. I also remember spending hours on ONE exposure just to get it printed to perfection. More time consuming and difficult than that was shooting in medium format or with a Holga. The few times I shot large format, I stood and stared at my subject, waiting for the perfect light and struggling […]

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Gift-giving

I both love and hate the process of buying and then giving out all of the souvenirs from traveling. Obviously, I love my friends and I love giving them things. But sometimes it’s hard to find things that are obviously from wherever you are but aren’t overly touristy. Also, I always am terrified that I have forgotten someone or that something will get broken while traveling. But, this gift was a hit. Slingshots are always a good idea.

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On the Edge of the Volcano

Today we are in Santorini and it is every bit as breathtaking as I had imagined. I learned that it is the edge of a volcanic caldera. How cool is that? So, I am sitting here in a little cafe on the top of a sheer cliff to the ocean drinking a fresh-squeezed orange juice and feeling like I could miss the last call to return to the ship and be happy to stay stranded here.

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Cruises Aren’t So Bad

I’m on the island of Patmos. I have always pictured it to be an awful wasteland because of it being the location of John’s exile. But I found my time their to be far from miserable. In fact, it was a rather serene and beautiful place. This cruise overall (my first!) has been awesome and I’ve loved every moment of it!

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Day 8: Mykonos

Mykonos has got to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! As soon as we started coming towards the port, I knew I’d be in love. I was right. Not only is it beautiful, it’s filled with winding little streets and adorable, quaint shops and cafes. Like many of the Greek Isles, all the buildings are painted white with blues here and there. I only wish that photo could capture it! We got to spend a few hours on this lovely island. First we checked out the windmills on the edge of the island. Seven of the windmills are right near the port and can be seen from anywhere in the town as they sit up on a hill. After getting lots of pictures, we ventured down into the town. The colors of doors, windows, and staircases were beautiful and stuck out brightly against all the […]

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Day 7: Athens

This may be a little too brief… Sorry! It’s 12:45am and I am sleepy! Today we went ALL OVER Athens! First, we headed to see the changing of the guard. The kids were excited to go stand by them and get a photo with them. It was a neat experience. Then, we saw the stadium from the first modern Olympic Games held in 1896. It was massive! After that, we headed to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena. That view was UNBELIEVABLE. Wow. One of the really interesting things that I learned was that the Parthenon isn’t actually square. It’s curved to create the illusion of being straight and being larger than it is. So crazy! After our tour, we were able to get lunch and have some free time in Athens. We had delicious gyros and shopped and explored all over. There was an […]

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Day 6: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Corinth Canal, & Athens

First we visited the ruins of the ancient city Mycenae. The view was incredible! This site was once the central kingdom of a huge portion of the ancient Greek empire. It was so intricately planned and positioned very near to a port. It is also the city of the legendary husband of Helen of Troy. The sophistication in the building of the city was astounding. They must have had some impressive technology to be able to transport all of the stone to the mountain and then build with it! One theory is that it was all done by Cyclopes. Then, we stopped at the Epidaurus theater. It has amazing acoustics and we played around with them, seeing where we could hear each other. A few people sang and talked from the stage and we could hear them so well, even in the top row! It was really neat. Our guide […]