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22
Feb
2014

jerusalem: jewish & armenian quarters

Jerusalem, Israel, Jewish Quarter, Western Wall

An attractive piece of art welcomed us to the Jewish Quarter. Right away we noticed a difference: the area was more open & better maintained than any of the two previous sections we’d explored…

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21
Feb
2014

jerusalem: muslim & christian quarters

Israel flag

Our first full day in Israel! I’m not a particularly religious person, so I find it difficult to understand why I’ve always wanted to visit this controversial country. Perhaps it’s the history, maybe the conflict itself…

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15
Feb
2014

jordan to israel: in transit

Jordan, Wadi Mujib, panorama

We left Petra early enough to take the scenic route north, avoiding the main highway, & have our driver drop us at the border crossing to Israel before noon. I’d read it is unpredictable on even a good day, & that turned out to be true. But that’s jumping ahead.

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14
Feb
2014

jordan: petra!

Jordan, Petra, street of façades, camels

Nothing prepared me for the size of Petra. We knew we’d be walking a lot but what I never realized was how much there was to see…

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12
Feb
2014
11
Feb
2014

jordan: roman remnants

Jordan, Jerash, Roman ruins, Temple of Artemis

As someone who began his travels in Iberia—at one end of the Roman Empire—you can imagine how thrilled I was to see the other end. Darío had wanted to see Jordan for a long time, so celebrating the completion of his Ph.D. seemed like a great excuse to go.

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31
Dec
2013

personal: 2013 in review

2013 by day

…and the tradition continues. Welcome to the fourth edition of my year in review. I do this mainly for personal reasons but you’re welcome to revisit the past year with me ;-)

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25
Dec
2013

cádiz: exorcising demons

España, Spain, Cádiz, Plaza de San Antonio

Even as a child, I had a strong desire to travel … Yet at the age of 27, I’d only managed to go as far as the Bahamas, Canada & México. When my ex landed a job as Assistant Director for the University of Washington’s Spanish program in Cádiz, I was all for it. Finally an opportunity to go to Europe! The year was 1998, & I knew the experience would change my life.

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02
Dec
2013

business: 2013 review

Endless Mile

What’s that? No blog update in over a year about Endless Mile? Exactly where did the time go? Brief announcements are made regularly via Facebook, but this seems to be a better format to review all that’s happened in 2013… what a year!

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24
Nov
2013

argentine literature: una excursión a los indios ranqueles

Lucio V. Mansilla, Río IV

Coronel Lucio V. Mansilla requested a very particular assignment: to be sent as a diplomat on behalf of the national government into Indian territory in order to defend a previously-signed peace treaty…

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