Month: July 2015

Grow it yourself

Coming from a suburb of Chicago, the weather is not ideal for my favorite fruit trees to flourish. But here in Israel it is heaven for all of my favorites: MANGO, avocado, lychee, just to name a few. It was one of my wildest dreams to live in a place where those trees grew in my backyard, and now they actually do, and it never ceases to excite me. For what reason now do I need to go to the grocery store? NONE. At least while mango and lychee season are in progress. Still waiting on the avocados though… Although we don’t have a big enough yard to plant a big garden, we do have a balcony with sufficient space and sunlight to sustain a happy and healthy garden. The vision started with just a few cacti and now everyday I’m picking hot peppers and cherry tomatoes, basil and mint, lemongrass. We also have rosemary and zatar, and even tiny eggplants! All on our little balcony. And it is so easy to maintain. Just some …

Beach Garbage

As we all know (hopefully), plastics in our planet’s oceans create a lot of serious issues. And there are severals causes or sources that allow these problems to take place and persist. The one that I want to talk about is probably the most obvious one: the garbage we leave at the beach.  Beach Picnics Who doesn’t love a good picnic at the beach? I know I love them, I just enjoyed one yesterday. But the one thing that made it a little more difficult to enjoy was the garbage rolling over my sunbathing body whenever the wind blew. It made me kind of wonder how that could happen when all I had to do was lift my head and I could see about four garbage bins. Besides the extensive list of problems I have with the overuse of one-time use plastics, I loathe witnessing a lack of concern or carelessness when it comes to these products, especially when it involves the health our beaches. You would think that anyone who likes to visit the beach …

3 Days in Santorini

Island Hopping To travel to Greece without visiting at least one island is a mistake, and it was a mistake we were close to making. This trip I didn’t take much of a part in planning the destinations, my brother and mom had strong ideas of where they wanted to go and for just how much time. I didn’t ask to many questions.  The original plan was to stay in Greece for only a couple of days. Impossible. There is no way to see a fraction of things one should witness while visiting Greece in just two days. No way. Thankfully we all agreed on this after arriving and immediately made a change of plans. Because why fly all the way there and not see what needs to be seen Santorini We took a ferry boat from the port in Athens to Santorini. There are two different kinds of ferries, the ‘fast’ boats and the regular speed. We opted for the fast one and the ride lasted I think around 5-6 hours. The inside of …

Greece Part III: Meteora

Day number two of our bus tour was one of my favourites in Greece. Our second tour was to to the magnificent Meteora. As we approached the town beneath Meteora, after what felt like a lifetime that our tour guide had been telling us we would be arriving soon. After the third time I stopped believing that there was actually a hotel at all.. Anyways, the sandstone pillars in sight were very welcoming. Meaning of Meteora Meteora in Greek means, “suspended in air”, or “in the heavens above”, and wow does their name ever fit them. All of a sudden they seem to pop into the picture, they are unlike any other landscapes in Greece, or that I’ve seen anywhere. These pillars are believed to have formed 60 million years ago. On top of (literally) their magnificence, height, and beauty, there are six monasteries. Though we only visited three, it was enough. To me the best part was just witnessing the massive sandstone pillars that were formed so long ago, covered in green. So much …

Greece Part II: Delphi

After spending two introductory days in Athens, we headed north on a two day tour to Delphi and Meteora. It was my first time ever on an organised tour bus! It was nice not having then to worry about transportation or lodging. Plus we got to meet and talk with other travellers. A lot of them had done many tours like this before, so I was feeling like a bit of newbie. Not knowing much about Greece geographically I didn’t know where these sites were located on the map, and therefor I had no idea what I had gotten myself into.  To get to Delphi it was around four hours on the bus, traveling through mountains and the country side. And then from Delphi to Meteora it took us another three or four hours. That was much longer on the bus than I had anticipated. But the ride was beautiful and I was so glad that we took the trip and had the opportunity to see more of Greece than just city life in Athens, because …