Turkey | Istanbul

View of the Hagia Sophia.Every time I travel somewhere new, I always want to return for another vacation and/or live there. So far, of all the trips Kail and I have taken since he joined the Foreign Service five years ago, we’ve only repeated a couple trips: Copán, Honduras (primero viaje y el segundo); Antigua, Guatemala (onceContinue reading “Turkey | Istanbul”

Oman | Muscat

Mutrah Corniche.I’ve been seriously neglecting this blog. And I’ve had so much to write about: trips to Muscat, Istanbul and Barcelona, spinning again (not teaching though … yet!), school. We’ve had visitors, spent more time at the Dead Sea and Petra and explored more of beautiful Jordan. I mean, who has the time to write anymore?

Jordan | Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa

We recently took our third trip to the Dead Sea, this time to the Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa. We’re partial to IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) hotels because Kail has a ton of rewards points and we can either stay for “free” or we get upgraded to gigantic suites. This trip to the CrowneContinue reading “Jordan | Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa”

Jordan | Petra

After hiking and spending the night in Wadi Rum, we drove about an hour and a half to Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. A lot of people (our tour guide included) had told us that Wadi Rum is the true hidden gem of Jordan’s tourism sites. Petra gets all the attention, but Wadi RumContinue reading “Jordan | Petra”

Jordan | Carakale Brewery Tour

My love of CLO trips and love of brewery tours combined for a CLO trip to tour Carakale, Jordan’s first microbrewery. Carakale was founded in 2009 by Yazan Karadsheh, a Jordanian brewmaster who cut his teeth at the University of California, Davis Master Brewers Program (yes, this is a thing) and working the microbrew scene in Boulder,Continue reading “Jordan | Carakale Brewery Tour”

Home Leave | Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Our third and final “hike” in Virginia Beach was during a visit to the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. I use the word “hike” loosely since it was more like walking on a series of short boardwalk trails, followed by a longer walk on a gravel road.

Jordan | Olive Harvest

A couple weeks ago, Kail and I joined our second CLO trip (after a great time visiting Mount Nebo and Madaba) to explore Jordan — this time to a family-owned olive farm in Ajloun, about 45 minutes outside of Amman. And this wasn’t just a tour among the olive groves. We learned how to pick olives and prepare themContinue reading “Jordan | Olive Harvest”