Petra in Jordan is one of the most fascinating sights. As you meander your way through the Sikh (literally means ‘snake’ but referring to the gorge) you walk for a bit before coming upon the Treasury. It’s incredible to get your first glimpse of it before the walls open up, and you are suddenly standing in front of this magnificent piece of history.
Archive for May, 2010
Sole Purpose is the fundraising portion of my website geared towards education and microlending. I run, you donate, I find awesome projects, and together we raise awareness for the amazing work that people are doing to improve others’ livelihoods.
You may be wondering how I find these projects, and the truth is, it varies. (more…)
I woke up with a cold again. I thought I had shrugged it off about a week earlier, but it was back. I took some cold medicine and slowly got dressed. The temperature was perfect outside, and I was still hoping to finish in under five hours. Yes, I’m a turtle- slow and steady. (more…)
I got up early to meet my mom at the airport. Neither of us having a phone, we decided to meet at arrivals. And if we didn’t find each other we would meet at the Alitalia check-in desk. I got to the airport about 10 minutes after her flight was due in, to find out that her flight landed early. I found the terminal that her flight came in on and waited. And waited. I couldn’t find her. I went upstairs to the check-in desks, but the Rome airport is not setup by airlines. Each flight is assigned a desk number so there was no way we could meet at an Alitalia check-in desk. I made about 4 trips back and forth between arrivals and the check-in area. Finally, after about 45 minutes, my mom spotted me at arrivals. What a relief! It had taken her a long time to get her bags. We took the subway into town and checked in at our bed & breakfast. It was a quaint place run by a lovely woman (i.e. the one that helped us find a hospital). You’ll be able to read more about it once I post about my Italy accommodations. (more…)
After spending a night in Perugia, I took the train to Rome. Since my mom wasn’t due in until the following day, I was staying in a hostel my first night. I dropped off my stuff and headed out to the Marathon Village to pick up my race packet. (more…)
Knowing that I had to spend a week in Kigali, I needed to take a day trip or two to pass the time. The Rwandan tourism office ORTPN recommended I go to Kibuye, a town on the shores of Lake Kivu. Less touristed than it’s northern counterpart Gisenyi, I can’t say that there was much to do there. However, the lake was beautiful and the five hour round trip drive to get there was full of stunning scenery. You can also get a glimpse of the Democratic Republic of Congo from the town of Kibuye. As I head to northern Rwanda on Wednesday, I’m looking forward to seeing more of this beautiful lake.