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Jerusalem, Israel

March 17th, 2019|

The Temple Mount is beloved in Judaism as the spot where God gathered the dust used to create Adam, beloved in Islam as the spot where Mohammed ascended into heaven, and in Christianity as the [...]


February 28th, 2019|

Guam - where America's day begins, is in Micronesia right next to the international date line.  The US military controls about a third of the island.  During WWII, the Japanese occupied Guam for over 2 [...]

Peleliu in Palau

February 27th, 2019|

Gaining a new respect for family history. My grandfather, Burton Gilbert, served during WWII as a civil engineer and Major in Peleliu (an island in Palau, in the South Pacific, where we are now). Only [...]

Jellyfish Lake in Palau

February 25th, 2019|

Located on an uninhabited rock island off the coast of Koror in Palau, Jellyfish Lake is a saltwater lake that was once connected to the ocean, but is now cut off.  The isolated lake became [...]

Diving in Palau

February 24th, 2019|

So I WON THIS TRIP!  Thanks to the Sea of Change Foundation https://seaofchange.com/ my $40 raffle ticket landed us in Palau with a week long liveaboard for two on the Rock Island Aggressor, worth $7,000!  [...]

Honolulu, Hawaii

February 12th, 2019|

We "lei'd" over in Honolulu for a few days on our way to the South Pacific.   Stopping at the Pearl Harbor Museum was both emotional and educational.

Caribbean Cruise

February 8th, 2019|

We were supposed to be on this cruise with our friends from Norway, but they couldn't make it due to an injury 🙁 so we made the best of it.  We missed you Olav and [...]

Bonaire, by sea

January 25th, 2019|

The most incredible moments underwater were seeing the tiny bioluminescent ostracods and the little seahorses.  SCUBA magic!!

Bonaire, by land

January 17th, 2019|

Bonaire is a little Dutch island, near Aruba and Curaçao in the southern Caribbean.  Only 150 miles from Venezuela, there were plenty of Venezuelan immigrants here, due to their political unrest.  On this trip, we [...]

Punta del Diablo, Uruguay

January 7th, 2019|

The name Punta del Diablo, or “Devil’s Tip” -- belies the area’s relaxed, laid-back vibe. Once an old fishing village, it's now home to backpackers and surfers.  The demographics skew young here.  I found a [...]

Punta del Este, Uruguay

January 3rd, 2019|

Punta del Este is a few hours north, warmer and winder than Montevideo.  This city is all about the marina, which swells with tourists during summer in January.

New Year’s Eve in Uruguay

December 31st, 2018|

We spent our New Years Eve in the midst of a crazy crowd, soaked with cider, in Montevideo's legendary annual Cider Battle.  Everyone drinks cider, dances, and sprays each other with shook up bottles of [...]