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I signed up for the Jerusalem 10k!

I signed up for the Jerusalem 10k this morning before heading out on my c25k jog.  I thought about signing up for the half marathon, but realistically, I am never going to make the time it would take to train for a half. I’m blogging about it because: 1) I want to hold myself accountable for my training.  2)  I really wish more fat women wrote about fitness-ing.  No, this...

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Family Travel – Northern Israel with Kids

Our last trip with my parents was to the North Coast to see Akko and Haifa. This was the first trip I’d planned where we just weren’t able to do everything we’d hoped, simply because everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) took longer than we’d planned. My parents left early on Friday morning with the kids to go see Haifa while I was working. I joined them that evening at...

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Family Travel – Petra and Wadi Rum with Kids

Living in a developed country where hiking and walking and touristing are easy has turned me into an outdoor person.  While my parents were visiting, I of course, dragged everyone along on my treks.  Our second big trip was to Jordan.  We drove down to the Eilat crossing through Mizpe-Ramon, spent one night in Petra, then continued onto Wadi Rum. Mitzpe Ramon One of three enormous natural craters (as in,...

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What I’m Reading – Friday, June 10, 2016

Success! I found my travel-work-life balance (for now) All of this may not be my vocation, but I’m enjoying it, and the stability is giving me some space for creativity. It’s a huge relief to not continually be asking myself “what should I do with my life?”. The question does still linger, but I’ve stopped fretting about finding the perfect answer and am taking the time to appreciate what I’m...

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Travel with Kids – Ein Gedi, Masada, and the Dead Sea

Travel with kids in Israel is a great experience.  We took advantage of my parents’ visit this spring to travel, and travel a lot. Just like last summer when good friends visited, I took two weeks off work to travel locally. “Locally.” Our first trip was to the Dead Sea. Because my parents would be here for five weeks, and we intended to see quite a bit during that time, we...

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What I’m Reading, 2/26/16

Period pain can be “almost as bad as a heart attack.” Why aren’t we researching how to treat it? Before I had my MRI scans, I told my primary care doctor that the pain seemed to be triggered by my period. He didn’t think this was relevant and ignored the comment. Later, when scans showed my discs were in place, the specialist said my pain was likely due to nerve...

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Jaffa with my toddler

Sometimes the easiest way to get out of Jerusalem on the weekends is just to inform Bertrand that I’m going, grab a kid, and go. A few weeks ago, Jasmine and I took advantage of a beautiful Saturday to drive down to Jaffa, just south of Tel Aviv. oth Old City Jaffa and Jaffa Port are beautiful. I was delighted to find several art galleries and jewelers, and Jasmine was...

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Happy Chanukah, from Old City Jerusalem

It’s been hard to write about Jerusalem lately, but last night we spent a lovely and peaceful evening in the Old City, and for the first time in a long time, I felt hopeful. If you haven’t been following the news out of Jerusalem for the past few months, and perhaps even if you have been, you might not be aware of the deep divisions in the city as Palestinians...

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Exploring the Peace Process (or lack thereof) through Art

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of seeing several Israeli and Palestinian interpretations and explorations of the conflict (what a terrible and passionless word) through their art. None of the artists pretend to present any solutions, but it’s been eye-opening to me to see how each of them sees the pain, the peace process, and ultimately, the need to find a way to coexist through the lens of...

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Ramle – Visiting the Pool of Arches and the White Tour

Ramle is famous for its Wednesday market. Although we’d visited the small town before to visit a friend, we wanted to return to visit the market and Ramle’s 1300 year old underground cistern. I’d heard that the cistern was large enough to row a boat in, and wanted to see it for myself. Our friend met us at the market, which, in addition to being an amazing fruit and vegetable...