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Timeline of my travels

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Warning, to save time I didn’t proof read this, so no fussing at me for grammar/spelling mistakes.  I don’t have a lot of time, so be happy with what you get.

Well, my week of travel was VERY amazing (I really can’t describe how incredibly amazing parts of it were), and it felt like a lot longer than just a week.  To give a quick rundown of what I did and where I went when, here’s a list of my adventure:

Friday:  Left in the morning by bus to Palmyra, a tourist city that exists because of the very old Roman and pre-Roman ruins of a city that used to be a major trading route.  That evening I visited some tombs, and a castle up on a big hill overlooking the ruins to watch the sun set.

Saturday: Got up at 4:30 and met a Bedu man named Jasim so I could get a camel ride up to the castle to watch the sun rise over the ruins.  After the sun rose he let me “drive” the camel back down and we went to the ruined city of Palmyra.  I spent the morning wandering around the ruins and visiting the ancient Temple of Baal.  That afternoon I hung out at the oasis with some more Bedouins and some other tourists.  That night Jasim took me (more…)

Arrival in Damascus

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Well, I know two things very well now, or at least I have confirmed in a big way what I already know: one, God loves me very much and ALWAYS takes care of me, second: I am VERY good at making friends ;)>.

Several things happened over the past day to confirm these for me.  First of all, at the Dubai airport, they moved the gate for the boarding and I didn’t notice, until 7 minutes before the plane was supposed to take off that is.  I ran to the new gate and got in just in time.  As I tried to go to my seat, I discovered that (more…)

Hello from Dubai

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Ok, so the Dubai aiport, kinda lame, but I decided to just sleep in the airport intead of spending money on a hotel.  The airport is actually pretty nice.  There is free wifi, and chairs that lean back where you can sleep.  I’ve had a long, but uneventful flight over here.  I met a mother with her three daughters at Cincinatti and she overheard me saying I was going to Syria.  Well so was she!  I kept them company and entertained her girls as we waited for our next flight (we had the same plane).  I didn’t get to talk to them much during the flight over the atlantic since we were a couple seats apart.  I met another girl (my age) who was born in America but was ethnic Palestinian, who sat beside me on the plane.  She was going to Jordan to visit family.  She was suprised that I knew how to correctly pronounce her name (yesmeen, the Arabic form of Jasmine).

Once I arrived in Dubai I exchanged a little money and ate some snacks a brought from home.  I didn’t like my choices between unhealthy – Burger King – and expensive – insert name of restarurant that I’ve never heard of before, but looks very high class.  So instead I had granola bars, carrots, sweet snap peas, and broccoli.

I should arrive in Damascus around 9:30 tomorrow morning Damascus time (they are 7 hours ahead of you all).  My roommate, well kind of roommate, who arrived two days ago as scoped out some rooms I’m going to look at, and I’ll probably pick one out tomorrow as well and get started on registering for classes, registering at the embassy, and registering at the Syrian immigration office *sighs*.  Classes don’t start till June 28, so I have a good week and a few days to arrange everything and get familiar with the area.  Thanks for your prayers so far, God has taken good care of me, and I really look forward to arriving in Damascus.

In Him


Pictures from White Sulfur Springs

Monday, March 9th, 2009

So here are a select few of the 87 pictures I decided to keep (I actually took around 150) from my trip to White Sulfur Springs. I’d love to know what you think of them, I’m trying to emulate my photographer older Sister and take cool perspective pictures and stuff instead of just boring old landscapes.



The Real OCF retreat (or at least the real post on it)

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Dear Friends and Family, (March 6, 2009)

I apologize for not sending out anything last week, I wrote this update last Sunday but was so busy I never got around to editing it (bad me). This is about my weekend at the OCF retreat, two weekends ago. I will send out another update for this week, hopefully tomorrow but maybe not till Sunday. Thanks for your patience, and enjoy!


Last weekend I went with several fellow OCF members from Columbus up to White Sulfur Springs PA for an OCF retreat. The location of the retreat was an old hotel on a plot of land up in the rolling hills. Besides the hotel (where we stayed), they also had a stable and horses for horseback riding, a climbing wall in the loft, and a tiny bowling alley where you had to set up your own pins. The land up there is beautiful, quiet, and peaceful. The weather was sunny and about 40 during the day, not too cold if (more…)

Thoughts of China: B (Plane Ride)

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

So, where were we? Ah, overall thoughts of China. Hmm……..China is an amazing place, but that can be said of any country. That does not, however, make the saying mean anything less. Its people have been extremely nice to me, helpful, and I have made wonderful friends. However, as a friend pointed out to me, the reason so many strangers were so nice to me could very well be because I am a white, American female. Nonetheless, it is still something, since they could decide to hate white Americans females, and being gawked and stared at is better than being glared and spit at. Some of the food here is absolutely amazing, some of it is (more…)

Final thoughts: A (Train Ride)

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Well, today is the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games held in Beijing China. I am on the train right now going to Beijing. Tomorrow I’ll fly out of Beijing on a plane headed home. I love China, I really don’t want to go, but I miss my family, and I miss America, I want to be back in my home country. No matter where I go, what I do, how long I live abroad, I really think America will always be my home, and nowhere else can ever have the same place next to my heart. Anyway, I’m going home now, and I’m excited. I’m also lugging around with me two large, heavy suitcases (one of them very unwieldy and falling apart, bought in China), as well as a fat backpack, and a blue sports bag that must weigh almost (more…)

Pics from the last few weeks

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Ok, here’s the rest of the pictures from our Taishan trip. I already posted day 1, now here is day 2 and 3, as well as other pictures from last two weekends. Enjoy!


This is a picture of the main temple in Confucius’ temple complex. This complex is where Confucius taught and it is filled with monuments to him that have been built over the years.


A picture of the long halls on either side of the many temples and monuments that currently hold more shrines to lots and lots of someone’s, but I suspect that previously they could have been (more…)

Last weekend and this weekend

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

Unfortunately, I do not have the time to tell you about my next two days of adventure in length, mostly because I’ve been sick and going places this weekend, thus have not done my homework yet, thus I have to do homework now instead of writing a long post.

In short, on Friday morning we visited Confucius’ and Mencius’ temple’s/homes. Confucius’ place was a bit crouded, him being more or less the most famous philosopher in Chinese history. Mencius’ place was much less crowded and more fun in my opinon. Both temple complexes (which were also where they taught their students and did philosophical things), had bunches of very old evergreens growing everywhere, and there were lots of noisy birds. All the buildings and such had been restored and repainted etc, several times over the centuries, so of course everything wasn’t just like it was back then. We had a tour guide, but (more…)

Pictures for Day – 1 (go read the written post first cuz it explains the pictures)

Sunday, July 13th, 2008


Countryside seen from the bus window as we drove toward Taian city


More countryside, we saw a lot of greenhouses like this one, though this was the only one I saw with (more…)