Category: world travel

11
Jan
2018

japan: friends & fun

Japan, Tokyo, sakura, cherry blossoms

Some of you might remember I have a Master’s degree in China Studies, but I’ve never been to China! I assure you that’s a long story no one wants to hear. My first trip to Asia was to Japan instead… & it couldn’t have been better.

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11
Sep
2016

digital photography, 2002-2016

España, Spain, Medinaceli, 2002

… I probably don’t treat my cameras as well as I should… but they are always at hand to document where work or vacation takes me. By coincidence, I realized that I’d taken a photo on this particular day everyday since 2002. How is that possible?

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17
Mar
2016
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Aug
2015
31
Jul
2015

usa: cedar rapids

USA, Iowa, Cedar Rapids, houses

Pretty much everything about this year has been unexpected, including major health problems for my aunt & uncle… at the same time. We’re a family of three people, so I went in February to Cedar Rapids to help however I could. Almost 25 years had passed since I’d last visited!

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30
Nov
2014

romania: bucureşti

Romania, Bucureşti, Bucharest, architecture, Casa Poporului

I know… it’s taken forever to write this. Almost as long as it took me to get to Romania! :-) The country had long been on my radar, especially after watching the 1989 Revolution unfold on tv. Images of the Ceauşescus’ execution were shockingly graphic in those pre-internet days. I may have been only 19, but I wanted to know more & knew that I’d be in Romania one day. The opportunity came by complete chance, as many good things do.

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25
Feb
2014

tel aviv: beach & bauhaus

Israel, Tel Aviv, beach promenade

A 45-minute drive to Tel Aviv plus an overpriced taxi to our rental apartment got us to the beach in no time. Seemed like everyone was out enjoying the beautiful afternoon. If only I knew how to paraglide…

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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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