Brain Winning [for now]

Current status:

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April 6, 2015

Nonstop. (At least through Thursday.)

Naturally, dreaming of this:

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April 25, 2013 

So it goes.

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2013: Year in Review

Because it was so much fun a last year

January:  Spending New Years in the Golan, hiking Masada, and staying in this most amazing of places in the Negev desert (home of the HBDP) — all during Jenelle’s visit.

Negev
January 5, 2013 | Negev Desert, Israel

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Things I’ll Miss About Living in Ramallah

As my time wound down in Ramallah, a lot of people asked me what I’d miss about it. There’s a lot…ranging from the unique, like the friends I’ve made, to the banal, like the weather. Here are just a few, in no particular order:

1) The birthday song.

This amazing song can be heard nearly every night you go out in Ramallah. It is accompanied by the delivery of a cake with a giant flare sticking out of the top. Since the outdoor bar opened across the street during Ramadan last year, Jon and I have heard this little ditty more times than I can count. I love it.

Guaranteed: I’ll play it for your next birthday if I see you.

I was finally at a table recently where the birthday song was played and a flare-cake delivered. It did not disappoint.

birthday cake flare at Azure
April 24, 2013 | Azure Restaurant, Ramallah

By extension, I include all the nightlife in Ramallah, which is surprisingly robust — I’ll miss the ability to have fresh hubbly-bubbly with my glass of wine and, whenever it’s someone’s birthday, (a) hearing this song and (b) seeing a cake with a flare on top of it.

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2012: Year in Review

I got inspired to take a look back at my year in pictures. 2012 was a crazy year.

January:  Jonathan and I traveled to Florida for a friend’s wedding in West Palm Beach. While in-state, we also celebrated his birthday, met up with his parents at Harry Potter World, took a boat tour of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, visited the Kennedy Space Center, and took a bike tour of Shark Valley in Everglades National Park. We were .thisclose. to alligators.

Shark Valley Area of Everglades National Park
January 16, 2012

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