Freedom Ride 2017 – New Zealand

Life is three dimensional.

Photographs are two dimensional.

But both of those are still subject to time. Time is one dimensional. It just goes forward.

In normal fashion, I regrettably don’t have the time to dedicate to any vacation videos and blogs until I’m on the following vacation. (Cue the I don’t know emoji 🤷‍♀️) I wish it wasn’t that way! Perhaps that will change sometime in the future (perhaps it won’t and you’ll watch me repeat this mantra again.)

So I present to you New Zealand! It was great to experience landscape and remote beauty instead of a crammed, humming city. One of the similar reasons why I fell in love with Crete, it felt so great to just get in your car and be self-directed. There was no train to make, or dinner reservation to schedule. You just did what and when you wanted to do it.

Highlights of the trip: hiking a glacier on Franz Josef, a cruise with a delightful dolphin in Milford Sound, and nameless serene villages all in between.

We may not be fully in control of how we spend every moment in time, but do your best to deeply live in that time of the moment.

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To warmer times

Only a year and half late, our little movie from our summer 2016 trip to Jordan, Israel, and Turkey.

What took us so long? Life. But no worries: things are great and we’re still traveling away!

Never fear- more trips are planned and more blog posts are to be written. I loved the Middle East so much, I might just realize my dream of going back soon. Very soon. Of course that joy is still only second to going to Hollywood, attending a taping of The Price is Right, and winning both showcases. A girl can dream, can’t she?

Until then, we save our pennies: cutting down on eating mostly vegetarian, cancelling my gym membership, making my own clothes.

Ever been off the grid?

One of the things John and I do when we travel is try to push the envelope. That is to say, what is the most “culturally immersed” activity we can do or place we can go. And sometimes it’s not easy or is a little uncomfortable at times. I’m ok with that. When I’m old (soon) and cranky (too late) I imagine we’ll dial it back a bit, but until then… we’re going off the grid. Continue reading

Amman to Feynan – but first, lemme Wadi Mujib

After a mostly restful sleep, (Good Morning! says the local mosque at 3:30AM) we prepared for our day of travel.

Tasty breakfast in tummies of the typical eggs, halloumi cheese, beef sausage and yogurt with fruit, we carried down our bags to meet our driver, Adli. Our original plan was to go straight to the Feynan Ecolodge, but our host insisted we go to Wadi Mujib as it was on the way. And since it was something I had hoped we’d get to, but figured we wouldn’t have time for, it was a nice surprise. Continue reading

I was told there’d be falafel

Hello dear readers! After arriving back from Jerash, we were ready – very ready – for our first falafel. We are falafel fans. Whether it’s a street cart in midtown Manhattan or a food truck in Paris, count us in! And we were so fortunate to be staying near one of best falafel joints in Amman, Hashem. With map in hand, we meandered through the narrow, downhill streets. Continue reading