American Southwest Family Vacation

We followed historic Route 66 on our way to see the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, plus much more in New Mexico and Arizona.

End of Tour Summary: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Here are our stories from two and a half years of living in Saudi Arabia while exploring the region.

Excursions to Oman

On two different trips, we strolled Muscat, hiked Wadi Shab, and sailed a dhow through the fjords of Musandam.

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.

Our Adventures in Sri Lanka

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

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Manderscheid Medieval Burgenfest

Under the shadow of two castles (Niederburg and Oberburg) we watched a jousting tournament while all around us fire-eaters, jugglers, jesters, storytellers musical concerts did their thing.
 In addition to food and games, there was also an artisan market demonstrating many trades and skills from the era. And I thought that these type of things only happened in the US.

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Wittlich Pigfest

Can you think of anything more fun than BBQ and beer? The Wittlich Pigfest (officially "Säubrennerkirmes" or "Pig Burning") commemorates the ill-fated day back in the middle ages when a pig destroyed the town.
 How? Well, back then, they closed the city gates each evening because they were afraid of invaders. One evening, the guard didn't find the bolt to close the door so he used a carrot instead of the bolt - and the door was closed.
These little piggies went wee wee wee all the way home
However, in the middle of the night, a pig strolled by and saw the carrot and ate it. What happened? Ganau, of course, the door opened and the enemy entered the town. The angry townspeople decided to punish the pigs...so they made a huge fire and herded all the pigs into the marketplace and cooked them!

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End Of Tour Summary: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

We spent two and a half years in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on our second tour in the Foreign Service with the US Department of State. As you migh...

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