Showing posts from April, 2018

What is this program called Workaway?

   While researching travel ideas prior to taking flight I heard about a program called, Workaway. A few clicks and I landed on their website. The site contains lists of people and places from all around the world. If you are a traveler looking for new experiences there is a wealth of "hosts" who are happy to have you stay and work with them for a period of time - anywhere from one or two weeks to many months. If you are looking for help with your business, project, home maintenance, childcare, language learning and a slew of other jobs then you can peruse the site to view profiles of eager travelers looking to volunteer in exchange for room and board.

   The kind of help depends on the host and on the type of skills, talents and interests a volunteer might have. Maybe you'll be doing some sort of office work? Perhaps you could try working on a farm? There are situations where you might stay in a private home helping around the house…

Ein Kerem, Jerusalem, Israel

"Ein Karem (Hebrew: עֵין כֶּרֶם‬, lit. "Spring of the Vineyard", and Arabic: عين كارم‎ - ʿEin Kārem or ʿAyn Kārim; also Ain KaremEin Kerem)is a beautiful tranquil village and neighborhood in Southwest Jerusalem. Surrounded by beautiful natural groves and the breathtaking landscape provided by the Jerusalem Hills, Ein Kerem is worlds away from the bustling center of Jerusalem which is just minutes away. The pretty houses made of local Jerusalem limestone, cobbled narrow streets, sit in the shadow of pretty churches whose bells sound down the streets. An important site for Christians as the birthplace of John the Baptist, Ein Kerem is incredibly popular with Israelis seeking to escape the city." (Source)  

   The village has an interesting history which you can read about here. Indeed it feels like a little village in some far off world. When you live here you really have to remind yourself that you are still in Jerusalem! It is exactly as described above and it&…

The Healing Light Project: Funk 'n Folklore in ISRAEL

Please learn more about this project & the fundraiser:

The Healing Light Project is a project with its roots beginning in 2015. I received a simple Facebook request from a Zimbabwean musician living in South Africa. His reason for writing? To raise awareness through music about his love for Africa. Yes, he says, Africa IS a place where there is much poverty, crime, disease and racism. His song, PEACE, a song we recorded as part of our first collaboration, sings about this. Yet, with all that Africa is a place where this one man, together with eleven additional vocalists, is trying to let people know about another Africa - the Africa filled with loving friends and family - regular people who are trying to live regular lives just like most people in the world. 
This one man, Mr. Future Moyo, sent letters to many musicians, most of whom either ignored his outreach or simply wished him well. Then it…

Mount Arbel

I'm not much of a hiker but I would have walked the trail this time had it not been for my sprained ankle (that I am still pampering!). The hike through Har Arbel, the Arbel mountain is worthwhile and appropriate for every age. As with most places in Israel even hiking trails have a wheelchair accessible path. Fortunately there's a little kiosk at the entrance where "tembelim" (fools) like me can purchase the hat they forgot to bring. I purchased a lovely "kova tembel" (fools hat) that was perfect for the hike!

I managed to walk at least to a few choice lookout points which were simply breathtaking - - and I nearly lost my breath just taking a peek over the cliffs!

Upon your return when you're all hot and sweaty you will find water faucets for refills, washing up and even for cleaning your feet.

Israel is wonderful about preserving the land and nature. This spot is one example of how much Israeli's love this land. Click on this link to learn more ab…