We Have To Go Back

beach mirrorgram
September 1, 2013

I spent Labor Day weekend in and around Virginia Beach — but only one measly day on the beach itself and about 16 hours in traffic.

Ummm, where did the summer go?

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LLAP around the world

When traveling with me, one must take a moment to be photographed doing the Vulcan salute. It is known. (For real.) (Seriously.)

Here’s a round-up of a few of my favorites.

On the wall around Graceland, during my birthday trip there in 2011 with Jonathan, Alissa, and Kate. (After this picture was taken, I can clearly remember Kate saying, “Was the hand thing really necessary?” Yes. Always.)

Vulcan Salute on the walls around Graceland
April 16, 2011

On the grass near the port in Galway, on one bright, sunny Irish morning. (So green.)

on the grass in Galway
October 29, 2012

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The Other Haifa

A friend of mine is visiting Haifa this weekend — I’m slightly jealous, so I’ve been reminiscing… This is from my second big visit to Haifa, while my parents were in town. We stayed on the mountaintop instead of on the coast and had a very different experience. First, the view was a little different.

City of Haifa and coastline
November 24, 2012

We also had to deal with the crazy confusing roads a lot more — just getting into the parking lot of our hotel involved a couple of different attempts and a lot of circling around. Luckily, we had a car with a good engine (“shitty trunk…but good engine”).

Mom, Dad, and Jon in front of the car outside our house
November 22, 2012

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Downtown Ramallah during Ramadan

I loved seeing the lights that were up around Ramallah over Ramadan last year; on streetlights, across streets, strung from minarets…

This was taken in downtown Ramallah right before the evening call to prayer (but after yoga – Farashe had a special Ramadan schedule and many of the classes were designed specifically for those who would be fasting all day), when the streets were practically deserted because everyone was home (or out) waiting to break the fast with a date, a cigarette, food, or all three.

Ramadan Mubarak everyone!

Street in downtown Ramallah
August 7, 2012 | Ramallah

The Sights and Sounds of Hebron

Hebron is the largest city in the West Bank and is second only to Gaza City in the Palestinian Territories overall. It is also one of the most hotly-contested cities in the West Bank. I visited Hebron a couple of times during my year in the West Bank.

The Tomb of the Patriarchs / Ibrahimi Mosque is in the middle of the old city. It is currently divided, with restricted access and separate entrances for Muslims and Jews. As with many religious sites in the Holy Land, tourist visitors are also restricted and, in this case, Christian tourists (like myself and my companions) were only allowed to enter and exit through the Arab entrance.

Arab Entrace to the Tomb/Mosque
December 29, 2012

Once inside, the tourist ladies were required to put on robes and we were all required to remove our shoes.

Shoes Off before continuing
December 29, 2012

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