what i'm reading: syria's secret library: reading and redemption in a town under siege

Syria's Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Siege is a tribute to the power of books to heal, to offer refuge, and to nourish communities. It's also a tribute to the spirit of resistance to tyranny and oppression.In 2013, the Syrian town of Daraya was targeted by the country's dictator, Bashar al-Assad. Many residents managed to evacuate, but others stayed, determined to hold the historic and then-thriving town as a stronghold against the Assad regime.There, as their town was...
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KY travels – Komodo Dragons at Rinca Island and Pink Beach, Flores, Indonesia

There’s only 3 more days in 2019, time flies, but it’s still not too late to write about the diving trip at Komodo Islands that I went back in September. This is the first part of the trip – a visit to view the famed Komodo Dragons. Welcome to Rinca Island, here be dragons Since there’s no direct flight from KL to Labuan Bajo, the Western fishing town of Flores closest to the Komodo National Park, we took the flight from KL to Bali, and then Bali to Labuan Bajo. A note though, never fly Lion’s ...
Tags: Travel, Bali, Wikipedia, Kl, Flores, Labuan Bajo, Melanie, Komodo Islands, Rinca Island, Komodo National Park, Rinca, Pink Beach Flores Indonesia, Flow Dive Centre

My 6 Favorite Hostels in Vancouver

Posted: 12/28/2019 | December 28th, 2019 Vancouver is one of my favorite cities in the world. It’s filled with delicious food (there’s lots of amazing sushi here), spacious parks (don’t miss Stanley Park), and is close to both the mountains and the ocean. The city consistently ranks in the top five best places to live in the world — and it’s no surprise why. It’s a wonderful, wonderful city that I’ve loved ever since I first visited in 2004 with my family. Since then, I’ve come back a handful ...
Tags: Travel, America, Canada, Vancouver, Hostels, Hostelworld, Malone, Granville Island, Davie, Stanley Park, Granville, Granville Street, NomadicMatt, Gastown, Samesun, Don t Forget Travel Insurance Travel

The 8 Best Napa Wine Tours

Posted: 12/28/19 | December 28th, 2019 Napa Valley is easily one of the most famous wine-producing regions in the world, and last year nearly four million people headed there — it is big business for Northern California! Of course, if you plan on spending some time in Napa Valley and nearby Sonoma, you’ll most likely want to explore some of the 600 wineries in the area. A great way to do this — both to get some local, insider knowledge and so that there’s no need to drink and drive — is to tak...
Tags: Travel, California, America, San Francisco, United States, Calistoga, Napa, Sonoma, Golden Gate Bridge, Northern California, Napa Valley, Don, Alcatraz, Yountville, Palisades, Green Dream

The Best Cruise Travel Insurance

Posted: 12/28/2019 | December 28th, 2019 Travel insurance is one of the most important things you can get for your trip. As I’ve come to learn — and as any traveler will tell you — things don’t always go as planned. You just never know what will happen. Sure, nine times out of ten you’ll be completely fine. But every now and then you’ll stumble into an unfortunate situation. Maybe it’s just a missed flight or a delayed connection. Maybe your wallet disappears while riding a crowded bus. Mayb...
Tags: Cruises, Travel, Australia, US, Travel Gear, United States, Travel Insurance, Hostelworld, Don, IMG, NomadicMatt, SHGIT, MedJet, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Best Cruise Travel Insurance, Travel Guard Travel Guard

My 15 Favorite Things to See and Do in Georgia

Posted: 12/28/2019 | December 28th, 2019 Once part of the Soviet Union, Georgia is a destination full of ancient history, stunning landscapes, and plenty of surprises. It’s home to an award-winning wine industry and the cool capital of Tbilisi, which has a stunning Old Town and vibrant nightlife. And to top it all off, the Caucasus Mountains offer incredible hiking and climbing for anyone looking to explore the outdoors. Georgia deserves all the praise it gets. It really is jam-packed with act...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Georgia, Unesco, Azerbaijan, Red Army, Las Vegas, Joseph Stalin, Black Sea, Costa Rica, Tbilisi, Hostelworld, Old Town, Boutique Hotel, Mongols

My 6 Favorite Hostels in Los Angeles

Posted: 12/28/2019 | December 28th, 2019 In the last few years, more and more hostels have started opening up in Los Angeles and a city that was filled with only a couple now has dozens. While most used be located in Santa Monica or West Hollywood, you’ll find hostels spread out all over the city now. That’s great, because LA itself is super spread out and it’s a pain in the butt to get anywhere. Now, if you want to stay in a hostel, you’re no longer confined to just a few parts of town. The ...
Tags: Travel, Hollywood, California, La, America, Los Angeles, United States, Beverly Hills, Venice, Hostels, Walk Of Fame, Hostelworld, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Ac, Sunset Strip

Another Example of Why People Register Their Pets as Emotional Support Animals

Like it or not, some people travel everywhere with their pets. The thought of leaving them home alone or cooped up in a kennel and wanting to reunite with their owners as soon as possible is a thought which can be sad and heartbreaking... ...but traveling with a pet can be expensive. Not only do airlines charge extra to transport a pet; but hotel and resort properties may also levy a fee in addition to the room rate if a pet is expected to stay in the room with its owner. For example, one partic...
Tags: Travel, Hotels And Lodging, Health And Environment

Oversized Butterflies and Shlepping

Why am I doing thisHere's what happens to me every time I travel. It hits me 15 days before departure like a dark feeling of dread like an oversized butterfly flapping it's huge oversized wings inside my stomach. Aloud and silently I repeatedly
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Snow and cheese and meat

Sadly our time in Vermont is ending tomorrow as we head to Boston. We have absolutely loved it here the people are friendly and accommodating the food is great and its a beautiful place. The last few days have been filled with relaxing eating an
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Water Temples and Poo Coffee

Today we are doing some sightseeing with Wayan but before we get started we are treated to a wonderful breakfast from Uly delivered right to our porch. The food consisted of fresh local fruit including dragon fruit with beautiful bright purple flesh alo
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Historie Park Lepenburg Utrecht Nederland

After a great visit to the Spoorweg Museum on a warm sunny day I had to see more as my time was limited in Utrecht. It was a short walk to the very nice free Lepenburg Park. I interacted with some nice Hollanders and enjoyed my own nature experience here
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France 150 Abbaye de Ourscamp the rising Meuse a closed aire at Stenay

Where in the world is Gabby the motorhome Sitting outside the ruins of the Abbaye de Ourscamp in Picardy. Who would have thought that we would have made it It seems an age away that the idea was mooted to spend Christmas in France. We had plenty of Tesco
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Cycling in Oman plan B as the bike didnt arrive....

My cycling and a bit of other stuff trip didnt get off to the best start when my bike failed to depart Heathrow on the allotted plane. To be fair Heathrow was completely mobbed and probably had been so for the last week or so it being Christmas Eve
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Cycling in Oman Muscat coastal route

Yippee I now have a bike unpacked and ready to go I decided to do a quick pre brekkie recce to get the lay of the land. To be honest I am a little concerned about the road system around Muscat. There are too many massive five six or even seven lane high
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Cycling in Oman Nizwa day 1

I arrived in Nizwa after driving from Muscat at about 10am. As my hotel room was not yet available I headed straight out for a ride. My plan was to follow part of the Haute Route Oman Route needless to say without any navigational tools to do so and also
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Carless Again in San Diego and Loving It

I have a lovehate relationship with having a car. On the one hand having the freedom to jump willynilly into my car and go wherever my mood takes me is a pretty joyful thing to be able to do. Nestling into the driver's seat switching on a favorite audi
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Oil Posts Longest Run of Weekly Gains Since April on Crude Draw - Bloomberg

Oil Posts Longest Run of Weekly Gains Since April on Crude Draw - Bloomberg:Oil posted the longest run of weekly gains since April as prices followed equities higher and a government report showed U.S. crude inventories falling to the lowest in two months.Futures in New York were little changed, clinging to a three-month high Friday. The Energy Information Administration reported that oil inventories fell 5.47 million barrels while supplies at the key Cushing, Oklahoma, storage hub declined to t...
Tags: Travel, New York, China, Bloomberg, Energy Information Administration, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Cushing Oklahoma, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Mizuho Securities USA LLC, Robert Yawger

Byron Board Paddle 26 January

Each January surfers gather for the annual Byron Board Paddle, to have a fun filled day and cross our stunning bay for charity. The Byron Board Paddle goes from Wategos Beach over to the Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club on Main Beach. Since starting in 2009 there has been more than 1000 participants paddle across The Bay. Byron Bay SLSC host the water safety as well as a BBQ & refreshments at the Byron Bay Surf Club after the Paddle where everyone can catch up & share the great day. Registrations...
Tags: Travel, News, Culture, Festivals & Events, Byron Bay, Wategos Beach, Paddle, Byron Bay Surf Club, Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club, Bay Byron Bay SLSC, Byron Bay Surf Club 8am

It Takes A Village - Village On Cloey, Clovelly

Village on Cloey is a very popular cafe in Clovelly that serves up delicious breakfast and brunch. And save room for their house baked goods like their Portuguese custard tarts that some say are one of the best in Sydney!
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Ukraine Approves Settlement With Gazprom Over Antitrust Claim - Bloomberg

Ukraine Approves Settlement With Gazprom Over Antitrust Claim - Bloomberg:Ukraine’s cabinet approved an agreement with Russian state-run energy company Gazprom PJSC to settle a longstanding antitrust dispute as the countries negotiate a new natural gas contract.The terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed in the Ukrainian decree, which was published on the cabinet’s website.In 2016, the Ukrainian antitrust committee fined Gazprom for abuse of its monopoly position in gas transit from Russia to ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Vienna, Gazprom, Kyiv, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Gazprom PJSC, Gazprom Over Antitrust Claim Bloomberg

Riyadh signs deal with Raytheon #SaudiArabia to localize Patriot maintenance - Reuters

Riyadh signs deal with Raytheon Saudi Arabia to localize Patriot maintenance - Reuters:Saudi Arabia signed a deal with the local unit of U.S. weapons maker Raytheon on Saturday to localize maintenance of its Patriot missile defense system, as part of efforts to boost Saudi’s defense industries and its broader economy.Crown PrinceMohammed bin Salman plans to diversify the kingdom away from its reliance on oil exports and wants Riyadh to produce or assemble half its defense equipment locally, aimi...
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Leaked Memo: New Fees Coming To Amtrak

Amtrak doesn't have enough passengers. On many of their routes trains ride mostly empty. They have a cost problem and they have a ridership problem. The government train operator is addressing the cost of meals, Amtrak has lost nine figures on food service, but doing surprisingly (or not so surprisingly) little to address labor costs. However they seem to see their ridership problem as a lack of revenue problem and they'er looking to generate more money out of each passenger rather than boost ...
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Avoid Winter Storm Delays By Changing Your Midwest Flight For Free

A major winter storm is headed to the Midwest. If you happen to be there or traveling there, then that might potentially throw a wrench into your travel plans this weekend.Read more...
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2020 will be a big year for online childcare — here are 6 startups to watch

Over the weekend, media and digital brand holding company IAC announced that it had agreed to buy, which describes itself as “the world’s largest online family care platform,” in a deal valued at about $500 million. Despite being the best-known marketplace in the United States for finding child and senior caregivers, has spent the past nine months dealing with the fallout from a Wall Street Journal investigative article that detailed potentially dangerous gaps in its vetting pr...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Families, Children, Child Care, Elizabeth Warren, Childcare, United States, Alexis Ohanian, IAC, Wall Street Journal, Bernie Sanders, National Academy of Sciences, Wonderschool Kinside

The Best Ad Placement I’ve Seen At A TSA Checkpoint

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading The Best Ad Placement I’ve Seen At A TSA Checkpoint...
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Keep Using Global Entry, Even if Your Renewal is "Pending"

If you’ve been waiting seemingly forever for your Global Entry renewal to go through, you’re not alone. U.S. Customs announced this week that it has more than 350,000 Global Entry applications to get through.Read more...
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A catered ski chalet is the perfect choice for a corporate ski trip

There is nothing like a corporate ski trip to get to know your best clients, reward your top-performing staff or for a department weekend away. Ski trips live long in the memory and its vital that your guests look back on your event with fond and not bitter memories. That means booking a fully staffed […] The post A catered ski chalet is the perfect choice for a corporate ski trip appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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The Summing Up

January is around the corner, the month named after the Roman god Janus who had two faces — one looking forward to the future and the other backward to the past. He is the god of “beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings” says the wiki. It was the Roman emperor Julius Caesar … Continue reading "The Summing Up"
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Woman Falls In Love On Air New Zealand Flight, Looks For Help To Find Her Seatmate

A woman on Air New Zealand’s flight NZ441 from Auckland to Wellington met the man of her dreams, who happened to be sitting beside her in row 17. She was squeezed into the middle in 17B and didn’t mind it one bit. He even said he wanted to see her again, which makes the lack of contact details all the more mysterious. Continue reading Woman Falls In Love On Air New Zealand Flight, Looks For Help To Find Her Seatmate...
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