Day Tripping from Jerusalem


I’m back in Jersualem, and it’s especially evident that we’ve been living here a year because the things from last November/December are back: There’s the upcoming annual fancy fundraiser at a gorgeous old hotel; the Christmas tree is up Bethlehem’s town square (and another one is up in our living room); and the skies are no longer […]

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A Coffee Day in Colombia


This past week has hard. Don’t think that because I’m posting vacay photos of a coffee farm in Colombia, that I’m not spending most of my time, back here in Jerusalem, reading and thinking about what the recent presidential election means for America, and then trying to forget all that by watching unhealthy amounts of […]

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Colombia Trip: Bogota, Cartagena, and Medellin


Prior to our recent trip to Colombia (a destination chosen by Mr. Em in Jerusalem), I can’t say I knew much about the country. We watched Narcos in preparation, and the Netflix series about notorious drug trafficker Pablo Escobar and his reign of violence throughout the ’80s and the early ’90s didn’t paint a pretty […]

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Five Great Israeli Wines


Readers of this blog: You know I like wine. And at all three of our Foreign Service posts — Sana’a, Madrid, and now Jerusalem — wine has been something of an issue. First wine was an issue in Yemen because there was none. It’s a dry country where booze is haraam, but us crafty Americans […]

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I’ve Found My Food Happy Place


Back when we learned we’d be moving to Jerusalem, the thing I was most excited about was the food. And, after 10 months here, I’m happy to report: It has met my high expectations. This part of the world is a vegetarian’s paradise. The creamy cheeses, the crisp salads (eaten with every meal), the hummus, the falafel, the […]

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Finding the Lost City of Petra

Jacqueline on her perch in a bedouin's shop atop the highest peak in Petra

We recently had two long weekends here in Jerusalem (got to love that we get all major American, Jewish, and Muslim holidays off) and Mr. Jerusal-Em and I took advantage with a few weekend trips in the region. First, we finally crossed the border into Jordan, a process made easy by virtue of having Diplomatic license plates (otherwise you’d […]

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Two Spanish Summer Soups (That Aren’t Gazpacho)


One of the absolute best parts of living in foreign places is eating delicious local foods and taking those recipes with me wherever I go. I imagine being old and having a recipe book filled with interesting dishes from places around the globe. File under the Spanish section: Two incredible, easy, no cooking required, refreshing-yet-creamy Spanish summer […]

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