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10th April 2015
Carpet making

Love these carpets!
Hmm, which to choose--dunking in a dirty river or a pool and chicken burger--good choice, and the mosaics and carpet sound lovely. I thought your name interesting, so I wikied it--how great to take the moniker of the wonderful Slovene Zofka Kveder, a hero from the place of your first awakening. Well done!
12th April 2015
Carpet making

Zofka Kveder
Thanks. I honestly didn't know about Zofka Kveder. Zofka was simply how Slovenes translated my name. But it makes me smile to think that I share it with her. Anna Sofie (Ana Zofka)
7th April 2015

Carpet Hunting
To hunt for, find & buy a rug in an exotic locale is one of life's pleasures. That rug will always bring back memories of Jordan for you. Taking the Magic Carpet Ride...great stuff.
2nd April 2015
The winding road

Lonely road
Love to ride and drive on that one.
2nd April 2015
On the road to the Siq

Fantastic. Can't wait to see this.
6th November 2014

Desert beauty
Love your word descriptions of the magnificence..... can't wait to get to this part of the world.
8th June 2014

Sounds like a place we would enjoy. Thanks for sharing your impressions.
8th June 2014

Enjoying the sun, enjoying the sand, enjoying the sea! I hope you will try scuba diving at some point as it is so much better. Happy travels.
14th June 2014

I so am going to try out scuba diving:-)
7th June 2014

I hope you realize that the residents of old city of jerusalem are Arabs, except for the Jewish quarter. All of the people who live and work in the old city are Arabs - the shops, vendors etc. So the old city refelcts the Arab life style, culture, mentality etc. I agree with you that there's no development beyond Arab tradition within the 3 non Jewish quarters of the old city, and that gives a glimpse of how all of Jerusalem including all of Palestine would have looked like had the Arabs controlled them. But there is development and future outside the walls in the new Jerusalem that Israel built and developed - in areas which are clean, developed and present a different way life than the Arab way of life that is manisfested in the old city. And by the way, the quote from Lawrence in Arabia is the impression one got from Palestine during Ottoman time - before Israel was established and before the Brits started to develop the place when they had the mandate over Palestine. Many western tavellers to Palestine in the 19th century or the begining of the 20th century so a very backward, under developed, dirty, mostly empty barren land. The irony is that Israel has developed it so much that people who don't know history believe the lies that the Arabs ("palestinians") spread as if everything Israel today used to be "their" Palestine and the Israelis just stole everything from them.
7th June 2014

Firstly, I think this conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is too complicated and very emotional for me or you to state anything enlightening about it. My blog is not about the conflict and who has the right to what. And I do know that Lawrence saw Jerusalem through a different cultural and historical time. That is why I found it fascinating. That people seem characterless is not because they are, but due to a commercialisation of the city as a tourist magnet. It doesn't matter what ethnicity they belong to. It is consequence of us the tourists - not them, and is similar in many other popular cities. That I find the Old City is stuck in the past, is a consequence of how it is holy to all three religions. Not just Islam. The ladder at the front side of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is evidence of how stuck in the past the Christian communities are in this respect. No one dares touching the satus quo. I really liked both East and West Jerusalem, not because they are neighbourhoods of a particular religious ethnicity but because unlike the Old City they are both very much alive in each their unique way. My critique is neither of Jews nor Muslims, but of the atmosphere in the Old City. It is a critique which is personal and if you read my other blogs you will understand that I often abhorre from the very tourist cities where that which is unique has become commercialised. It is a paradox that I myself am a tourist adding to that. I like places which are alive, where old and new meets, and it is often these places that I write endearingly about. I am simply not so fond of places where you can't see the city for 'made in Taiwan' souvenirs and where the local population, be they Arabs, Jews, Parisians, Italians from Florence, are forced to make way for tourists. And that is what I write about. Nothing more, nothing less.
27th May 2014

The Jerusalem Shock
I am eager to go to Jerusalem. As you say this blog is more negative than your normal writing but if those are your impressions they are to be shared. I'm glad to hear the old town has not allowed a variety of outside foods. I always cherish the towns that don't allow Starbucks and McDonald's. It sounds as if they have stood still in the part of the city and I bet I'll like that when I get there but I'll wait to see. Happy travels and eager to read more.
3rd June 2014

Old city
I am with you 100 pct. I only ever liked Starbucks in Seattle, because there it tells a story. Jerusalem is old, very old, and that is why we come and why it is unique. It would be terrible to see an Americanisation or any other odd cultural influx to the old city. That is the exact reason I dislike the souvenir shops, because it makes it all seem so commercialised and as a tourist trap rather than the unique place it is. I love cities where the old is treasured but where the modern and present life is integrated, not through an odd number of Starbucks, but on the contrary through the presence of local culture and cuisine, and the falafel and shawerma stands are not representative of Israeli/Palestinian culture. I would have enjoyed Jerusalem better if some of the space of the souvenir shops were spent on something more cultural interesting and non-commercialised. A local theater, a shop that sells things which are actually made in Jerusalem or from local designers, a shop or place where locals go. Except for the Muslim quarter the city seems to be created for modern age tourists and pilgrims. And to me cheap 'made in china' souvenirs are just as badly placed in the old city as a Starbucks. I think that comment was a bit longer than I planned:-)
21st May 2014

I have spent wonderful days staying at a friendĀ“s flat once in Tel Aviv. I visited Jaffa. Lovely place. Absolutely recommended. Yes. Go!!!!!!
21st May 2014

Tel Aviv
You do a very nice job of weaving the rich and interesting history in with what you are seeing and your impressions of the country. Thank you for sharing.
21st May 2014

Your story about boarding the plane was wonderful. This country is rich in history and we hope to go there soon. Love hearing your impressions.
17th May 2014

Phoenix Rising
As Australia participated in Eurovision 2014, the first non European country to do so, there were many eyes from Oz focused on the Finals in Copenhagen. When Conchita Wurst sang...wow...twas like a phoenix rising...prejudices secondary to the music...wow. Then the countries voted. Who won? It was not Austria. It was the "Queen of Austria". Wow. How can Vienna hope to top that when they host the next Eurovision? This was the first year I really took an interest. Looking forward to next year. Watch Song of the Week...World Beats thread in TB's World Music Forum. I hear Conchita will be making an appearance. Looking forward to that!!!
19th May 2014

Conchita and Eurovision
Eurovision has become something of a cult happening for the gay community. I realy think that adds extra to the show, also because every country has to broadcast ALL of the show, so a country where gays are normally persecuted will have to show the Queen of Austria winning. Moreover, I am really proud that Copenhagen decided to use the occasion of the Eurovision to marry gay couples from all over. It is easy to get a marriage certificate in DK and gays are legally allowed to marry. It was such an amazing thing to have all these couples in love, getting married around the city. And I too am looking forward to Austria hosting!
17th May 2014

Vienna is lovely
We were in Vienna for New Year's and it was wonderful. Your blog brings back fantastic memories.
15th May 2014

Warm sunny and clear blue sky
Lush and green Ireland is a magical place. Glad you are having such great weather.
19th November 2013

I like culture. Look like a great country.
11th July 2013

How to update your map...
I assume that when you log in you are at your profile page...that's the only time you need a password, and you can't write a blog without logging in. Next click on the Profile tab. Then click on the Extras tab. Then click on the World Map Maker. Then click on My Travels under your list of Your Maps. Then click on Edit. Your map will appear along with a list of countries with 5 colors. You click on the country and the color you wish it to show on the map. You can edit the Map Legend in the lower right corner by highlighting the existing text and typing in the new text...for up to 5 categories such as Lived, Been To, Want to Visit, etc. When you are done, click on Save My Map. Hope this helps. If you have more problems you might ask on the Travelblog Support Forum.
13th July 2013

Jezz, I remembered that there was a way in through travelblog, but I have been to stupid to find it. I have tried to go directly to the worldmapmaker website, but it is in that context that I don't know the password. Thanks! I will immediately update my map:-)

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