Traveling gives you the opportunity to get a glimpse into somebody else’s life.
I’m fascinated by homes around the world. You can tell a lot by a person’s home, and front yard for that matter.
Therefore, I’ve compiled ten photos of front yards from around the world. What can we glean from them?
This first house was the house Jim and I owned in Alaska. Alaska front yards contain a lot of snow, and usually the machines and tools that help you remove the snow or at least a couple of four wheel drives to get you up that [...]
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In elementary school, you learn that the Nile River flooded every year during the time of the Pharaohs, and that is what kept them so rich. Nowadays, thanks to modern technology and a few dams, the Nile does not flood and recede as much because it is regulated.
What the Nile does is shown so perfectly in this shot. You can see the layers of civilization which follows the water. At the top of the photo, you see desert, then a few houses with no green, then a band of green, the banks of the river, and the river [...]
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…or somebody’s got to do it!
Here’s Devon and me getting ready to go experience a 2,000 year old bath in northern Tunisia.
I’m turning 50 years old today. Wow! 50! It seems old, but I don’t feel old. It has given me time to think about my life…a little reflection, I guess. I wouldn’t trade my life with anyone. I’m so grateful for the decisions I’ve made, the opportunities I’ve taken, the experiences I’ve had. There’s no way I could categorize my experiences into the “Top 10″ or “the Best Of”. Do I think I’m lucky? Not really. [...]
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A typical family out for a stroll.
I just love this shot of a late afternoon in Cairo, and the family is out for a walk in their local marketplace. They are wearing what all Egyptians wear nowadays, traditional garb, so to speak. Dad, the center of the family, wears a traditional styled caftan or jalabiya and a cap, while the older daughters and mother are wearing scarves or hijab, with long dresses that are quite modern. The little girl, however, is too young to have to cover her hair, and she looks like a child from anywhere in [...]
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Wandering through the streets of Aswan, we came upon these lemon vendors. To me this scene is as old as time itself. The fruit positively shone against the backdrop of dusty streetlife. I was so tempted, but really what could I do with a kilo of lemons?
Egypt is full of World Heritage sites and adventure. I love that this one, Abu Simbel, combines the two. Just getting to the site is quite the adventure. You can fly, which gets you there early in the morning, and you actually are finished and leaving before the other tourists get there, or you can take the “caravan.” This is what we did. We woke up at 4:00 in the morning to join all the large vanloads (maybe 50? of them) who careened and juggled for position throughout the early morning until we reached our destination. The [...]
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In honor of my daughter’s birthday, this is a photo of everyone drinking sugar cane juice. In true fashion, the glasses were cracked and chipped. As you can see, it was winter. If it had been summer, I think it would have been much more refreshing.
This Nubian girl seemed to be the only person around as we wandered through this village on the bank of the Nile across from Aswan. She was rather shy, but she also wanted her photo taken. I’m glad she did.
Egypt was one of those countries where many, many people did not want their photos taken. I believe some was based on religious belief, but I think the Egyptians on the tourist trail just get tired of people snapping thier picture all the time. Since I honor their wishes, Egypt is one country I’ve been to, especially [...]
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Most people who have traveled to Egypt have had some experience with a felluca. We were in Aswan when we decided to take a felluca ride on the Nile. We didn’t do the overnight ride, because it was cold, but we did experience it. What I liked the most was the views. We went in the late afternoon and the light was just fantastic.
Bulgar is man’s oldest recorded use of wheat. Bulgur is made by soaking and cooking the whole wheat kernel, drying it and then removing part of the bran and cracking the remaining kernel into small pieces. Its uses are numerous from salads to soup, from breads to desserts. It is a nutritious extender and thickener for meat dishes and soups. Bulgur will absorb twice its volume in water and can be used in place of rice in any recipe. Bulgur is convenient since it can be either soaked in water or cooked to be edible. It has the same nutritive value [...]
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