Dahab In My Mind

Dahab In My Mind

“I can’t be bothered.”  That was the phrase I kept hearing.  It was a declaration of the traveler’s current state of inertia, an abbreviation of “I would swim in that warm sea, but I can’t be bothered to walk the three meters.” Or, “I would play shesh-pesh (backgammon) with you, but that would require sitting […]

Holy Incomplete: Remarkable Unfinished Churches

Holy Incomplete: Remarkable Unfinished Churches

La Sagrada Familia A clueless 20-something, wondering through Europe with a few dollars and a train pass,  I had come to Barcelona completely unaware that I was entering one of the most architecturally fascinating cities of the world.  But there’s an upside to being young and ignorant.  I had that wide open, beginners mind, waiting […]

What Our Sayings Say About Us: Expressions Around the World

What Our Sayings Say About Us: Expressions Around the World

In the ongoing battle to obtain a second language, I recently subscribed to a new podcast – News In Slow Spanish.  As the name implies, it includes an unhurried discussion of current events. However, there is also a section on expressions which they refer to as the “salsa” of the language.  It’s certainly true that […]

Visiting the Dead Sea – How Low Can You Go?

Visiting the Dead Sea – How Low Can You Go?

 “We have three seas,” I was told.  “Med, Red and Dead.” The other two didn’t live up to their names.  I mean the Mediterranean may have been the center of the known world once, but it can’t really claim that today.  And the Red Sea? Well, it isn’t scarlet, vermillion or crimson.  The Dead Sea […]

Unexpected Travel Lesson

Unexpected Travel Lesson

“Never discuss politics, religion or the Great Pumpkin.” Sage advise which I heard every year from Linus Van Pelt, when the local television station would air It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.  In my culture, we generally heed Linus’ advice.  We especially avoid talking about religion.  However, I’ve noticed that religion is more openly discussed […]