Our Adventures in Sri Lanka

Safaris to spot leopards and elephants, swimming in the Indian Ocean, sipping tea in the mountains, and several more!

Our Nile Cruise

Starting in Cairo, we sailed to Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan.

Trouble at Sea: Our Red Sea Dive Trip in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea is one of the top diving destinations in the world, but Saudi Arabia is a very restrictive country to get into. That alone would have made the trip memorable...but then things went south and the Saudi Coast Guard and a hospital got involved.

Our Expedition to Jordan

Highlights included tracing the steps of Indiana Jones into Petra, following Lawrence of Arabia into Wadi Rum, and floating in the Dead Sea.

Discovering Turkey

We emersed ourselves in Istanbul, explored the white travertines of Pamukkale, and traced history through Laodikeia, Hierolopolis, and Cleopatra's Baths.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Red Sea Safari - Al Lith

We had the opportunity to join Red Sea Safaris on a two-day search for whale sharks in the Red Sea along a reef near Al Lith, where the season runs from mid-March to mid-May. Our tour organizers are also whale shark researchers...so our kids also got to see what real field research is all about! On the first day we saw blue spotted rays and moray eels. On the second day, we saw many of the same things...plus manta rays and dolphins!
Aboard the Dream Island
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Via Roma & Cassino War Cemetery

Closing out our visit to Italy, we drove from Sorrento to Rome, stopping at the Cassino War Cemetery along the way.
Cassino War Cemetery and Monte Cassino
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Friday, February 24, 2017

The Amalfi Coast

With no firm plans for the day, we drove along the dramatic Amalfi Coast (considered by many to be one of the "Wonders of the World") making stops in Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello.
Seaside in Positano
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pompeii

From our base camp in a seaside villa in Sorrento, we explored some nearby Roman ruins on the shoreline before heading north to walk off lunch by wandering the ancient city streets of the long abandoned Roman city of Pompeii.
Cave Canem: Beware of Dog
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sorrento

Have you ever decided one day that you should just take a few days off and go somewhere next week? Well, the kids had a long weekend coming up, so we decided to depart Jeddah and fly over to Italy for the weekend. The idea was to base ourselves out of Sorrento, then visit the Roman ruins in Pompeii one day and drive along the Amalfi Coast the next day. It was a great getaway vacation, and here are the highlights.
Sorrento
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Friday, January 06, 2017

Doha

Qatar Airways had direct flights back to the US for our Christmas break, so we took an extended layover in Doha before making the return flight to Jeddah. We spent the day walking along the Corniche, took a ride across the harbor, and got lost in Souq Watiq looking for pearls.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Assignment: Nicosia

Over the winter holidays, we were given what is known in Foreign Service parlance as a "handshake" for our next post: Nicosia, Cyprus. This will be our third assignment with the Foreign Service: Washington, D.C. was first, followed by our current assignment to Jeddah, Saudia Arabia. And I should point out that after the first two assignments, folks are usually tenured and considered to be "mid-level" and that changes how one goes about getting an assignment. And, as always, my career field does things differently. But I digress.
The Flag of Cyprus
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Break in NYC

To make the most of our Christmas break, Kacey and the girls flew out of Jeddah a week before me and then we reunited in a frozen New York City. Before I arrived, they saw the New York Botanical Garden, Santa at Macy's, and the Rockettes. We also visited the Statue of Liberty and took our 7-year-old daughter to one of the last performances of Roald Dahl's Matilda on Broadway.
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