RACHEL'S RUMINATIONS

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RACHEL'S RUMINATIONS
American in Holland, married to a Dutch guy. Writing about travel, life in Holland, teaching, raising teenage boys, food, politics, and pretty much whatever else strikes my interest.
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  • Akko Old City: Jerusalem without the politics 18 hours ago Two separate people in two separate parts of Israel gave me the same advice: “Go see Akko old city; it’s Jerusalem without the politics.” They were right. Akko, also called Acre, looks much like Jerusalem’s old city. It has the same narrow, winding, stone-paved streets. The market streets...
  • At my age? Staying in Hostels in Israel 4 days ago I haven’t stayed in a hostel in years. In a post I wrote back in 2007, I blamed it on the shared shower, and described how awful they can be. It’s not just that, though. As I get older, I have more trouble sleeping. I wake up easily, and then I’m grumpy the next day from lack of sleep. The...
  • Susita National Park in the Golan Heights: a special off-the-beaten-track site 1 week ago I never would have visited Susita if it hadn’t been for Sara Zafrir, owner of Genghis Khan in the Golan. She insisted that this was a “must-see.” I’m so glad I took her advice. In my small rental car, accompanied by a fellow blogger, Seanna Fallon of Seanna’s World, I set off. Once we...
  • The Happiest Kids in the World on 1001 Travel Tales 1 week ago This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series 1001 Travel Tales PodcastThis week’s episode of 1001 Travel Tales podcast is an interview with Rina Mae Acosta, blogger at Finding Dutchland and co-author of The Happiest Kids in the World: How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids (and Themselves) by Doing Less....
  • Going to Jerusalem? First Visit the Tower of David 2 weeks ago As one of the first things visitors see on entering the Old City of Jerusalem through the Jaffa Gate, the Tower of David makes an imposing impression, with its massive stone walls and towers topped with crenellations. The first thing your tour guide will say is that this citadel has nothing to...

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  • Top Odd Sights in the North Netherlands Expat Blog Awards 2013 13+ slightly weird, definitely quirky, very off-the-beaten-tracks things to see in the North NetherlandsI should start this by pointing out that tourists almost never come to this part of the country (the provinces of Friesland, Groningen and...

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