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, 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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