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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  • Um el Kanatir: ancient synagogue in the Golan Heights 3 days ago When I write about off-the-beaten-path sights, I don’t necessarily mean that they’re hard to get to. I went to Um el Kanatir in the Golan Heights on the advice of Sara Zafrir, owner of Genghis Khan in the Golan, who insisted it was worth the effort. After her recommendation of Susita was such...
  • Dubai Miracle Garden: Absurdity in the desert 1 week ago The taxi ride promised little excitement. It was mid-afternoon and the traffic flowed smoothly past the shiny tall buildings. Impossibly green grass and brilliant pink flowers edged the wide highway, and beyond that we saw sandy vacant lots, parked cars, huge billboards advertising the next luxury...
  • Visiting Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world ... for now 1 week ago About a year ago, I was in Dubai for a workshop, and decided to go see the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world (830 meters). Getting there involved taking Dubai’s spotlessly clean and well-run metro to the Dubai Mall: the largest mall in the world. Trekking across the mall to the...
  • Zippori National Park and its spectacular mosaics 2 weeks ago “Sixteen miles all around Zippori is a land flowing with milk and honey.” This sentence from the Jerusalem Talmud (Bichurim 71d) opens the text given to visitors to Zippori National Park, north of Nazareth. On the spring day when I visited, I could believe it: carpets of wildflowers covered the...
  • Surviving the roads in Nepal: a guest post 2 weeks ago The following is a guest post by my husband, Albert Smith, about his experiences on the roads in Nepal last fall. [Beneden is de oorspronkelijke Nederlandse versie] My son and I are on our way back from a football [soccer] match between FC Groningen and AZ. We’re in a good mood: Groningen has won...

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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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