All posts tagged: culture

Colors of Goa

Just stepping out of my hotel here in Arambol, there are so many things that catch the eye and I want to take pictures of everything. I wouldn’t put down my camera if I took every photo opportunity. There is always so much going on! People, animals, natures, colours, all coming together in such an amazing combination. So I capture what I can, although I am aiming to take more for my last ten days here. But here are some of my favourites from what I have taken so far:      

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 …

Dome of the Rock

Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, Har HaBeit (הר הבית), Haram al-Sharif, it goes by many names and has a deep history. Without going into too much detail this Dome of the Rock is the holiest site in Judaism. It is believed that at this spot all of creation took place from the creation stone. The first and second Jewish Temples once stood there. Now stands there the Dome in the center, one of the oldest Islamic structures. And on the south side sits a mosque. Now on the mount only Muslims are allowed to pray, which is cause for a lot of controversy in Israel. I was unsure about visiting the mount, it is not a common or recommended thing for most Israelis or Jews to do. When entering through security I was listening to a tour guide prep his group before entering. He double checked several times, asking if anyone was Jewish, if anybody was carrying something religious that was not Muslim, no bibles, or kippas, no rosaries. He didn’t want any trouble …

Jerusalem: The Old City, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Wall

My Mommy has finally arrived! Now my twin and I are taking her around to see the sights. We’ve started here in Jerusalem which my brother knows very well. He has been volunteering at an archaeological dig site next to the wall for the last five months. So we are very lucky to have our own personal tour guide. We dove right in to site seeing on the first day. It was made easy by the perfect location of our hotel, right on King George St., in the center of all the action. The name City Center Hotel doesn’t lie. This hotel is perfect! Superb location, great staff, and the rooms are modern, clean, with the comforts of home. I would call this place a hidden gem, nested in the heart of King George St. in the center of Jerusalem. It’s surrounded by restaurants and cafes, the light rail is just around the corner. It was lovely to wake up in the morning, walk outside and find a cafe to sit at, and enjoy some …

The Lowest Place on Earth, The Dead Sea

We weren’t the only ones to have a little getaway in mind for this weekend. Our original plan was to drive down to Eilat but after calling just about every hotel only to be told that everything was full, we decided on the Dead Sea instead. It turned out that the hotels at the Dead Sea were just as full. We called all the hotels to catch the last room at the Isrotel Ganim. So after some morning iced coffees and a freshly filled stock of hummus to last us a couple days we were ready to go. 🙂 The Dead Sea is located on the edge of the Judaean Desert. And you can  definitely feel  it.  It’s a short strip of hotels plopped in the middle of the desert. If you look around you will see exactly that. While you are floating it’s the best to slowly spin in a circle to take in the whole view. The cliff, where all the hotels are sitting beneath. Or look across the sea where you can …

India told in pictures

The past few years the idea of this place wedged itself in my mind. I knew I would find myself there soon I only had no idea when. While taking my school year abroad in Israel the opportunity revealed itself and I jumped on it. Here was the chance for my dream to come to fruition. The three people I would be traveling with had been there before so I felt confident in doing the minimum amount of research and putting my faith in their existing knowledge of the country as far as places to see and visit. Although I seemed to the only one to show any interest in going to visit one of the wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. Anyway, on January 8, 2015, in the middle of winter in Israel, the four of us were on a plane to Mumbai. Mumbai Even after landing in India the fact that I was there still barely registered in my mind. The whole thing was still dream-like. But India didn’t give me much time to adjust, …