A Bedouin Goat Adventure

I recently had a weekend trip to top all weekend trips: A group of Jerusalem friends and I drove to Jordan’s second largest nature reserve and spent two serene yet adventurous nights in an ecolodge run by Bedouins and spent a day herding goats with a local. We left Jerusalem on a Saturday morning and […]

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The Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem

Bethlehem is just a few miles down the road from us. There’s not a ton to see there after you tour the church where Mary is said to have delivered Jesus and after you stock up on all the nativity scenes you’d care to display in your home. But during this past weekend’s visit to […]

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Day Trip to the Galilee

I’ve been at the new job for a little over a month now, and while it’s been interesting so far, it hasn’t left me much time to write (as evidenced by the lack of updates on this blog). I figured I’d come home and write after work, and I totally would if I didn’t suffer […]

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I’ve Got a Real Pants-Wearing Job

Just when I was complaining about how lazy I am, I got the call: My security clearance finally came through and I could begin work at the government job for which I was hired ten months ago. So, last week I bid farewell to the Diplocats and the blue velvet sofa and I ventured out of my […]

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New Year Goal: Stop Being So Lazy

When I was 28 and had just quit my job as a journalist, got married, and moved to Yemen, I wrote a blog post in which I vowed to never stop with my creative pursuits, and to always live a life of passion. Four years later is probably a good time to revisit my wide-eyed […]

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A Roman (Foodie) Holiday

We were in Rome this past weekend to celebrate a friend’s 30th birthday and the ancient/modern city far exceeded my expectations. I feel like those who travel to Italy rave about Florence or Venice but don’t say much about Rome. This led me to believe it wasn’t going to be that awesome, but I can […]

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This Land is My Land/This Land is Your Land

We finally visited Haram al-Sharif – which houses the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock – this past weekend, after being on a waitlist for a year to get in for a special behind-the-scenes tour of one of the most important religious sites in the world. I often say how everything is complicated in […]

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