“No te rindas, aún estás a tiempo
de alcanzar y comenzar de nuevo.
Aceptar tus sombras,
enterrar tus miedos,
liberar el lastre,
retomar el vuelo.
No te rindas que la vida es eso,
continuar el viaje,
perseguir tus sueños
destrabar el tiempo,
correr los escombros,
y destapar el cielo.
No te rindas, por favor no cedas,
aunque el frío queme,
aunque el miedo muerda,
aunque el sol se esconda,
y se calle el viento.
Aún hay fuego en tu alma,
aún hay vida en tus sueños.
Porque la vida es tuya y tuyo también el deseo
porque lo has querido y porque te quiero
porque existe el vino y el amor, es cierto.
Porque no hay heridas que no cure el tiempo.
Abrir las puertas,
quitar los cerrojos,
abandonar las murallas que te protegieron,
vivir la vida y aceptar el reto,
recuperar la risa,
ensayar un canto,
bajar la guardia y extender las manos.
Desplegar las alas
e intentar de nuevo.
Celebrar la vida y retomar los cielos.
No te rindas, por favor no cedas,
aunque el frío queme,
aunque el miedo muerda,
aunque el sol se ponga y se calle el viento.
Aún hay fuego en tu alma,
aún hay vida en tus sueños.
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Neva River, Saint Petersburg, Russia
It is an actual river!!!
The Neva River is the main river in Saint Petersburg. This city is built on 45 islands, has 90 rivers, and over 300 bridges 🤯. I’m staying in the historical area full of palaces and monuments... and coffee shops and souvenirs.
It’s cool but not cold, thank goodness. Probably very similar to home. I’m going on a very cliche boat tour. It was highly recommended by a local girl I chatted with for awhile today, I also thought I might see a ballet.
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The Church of the Spilled Blood #saintpetersburg#russia
This church is very unusual in St. Petersburg, it’s in a very classic Russian style. The main architect was actually Scottish but was an expert in Classical Russian architecture. Most of the buildings here are European.
The ‘Spilled Blood’ is referring to the blood of Alexander II who was mortally wounded on the site where the church was built. The original Street where he was injured is exposed under a magnificent canopy made of Jasper inside the church.
During the Soviet reign, the church was in major disrepair and used as a warehouse. During WWII it was a place to store the bodies of those who were killed or starved to death. Preservation started in the 70’s and restoration went in full swing in the 90’s.
The scale of the buildings here is unbelievable. Everything is huge. And the colors remind me of the little colored marshmallows. It’s like being surrounded by giant cakes.
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Last night in Israel, viewpoint above Jerusalem
There was this glow on the horizon everywhere. The moon was bright, so we’re the lights from the city, but the light was like that out in the desert too. The moon was crazy but since I’m not a photographer and I don’t use a fancy pant camera you’ll just have to believe me. . #byebyeisrael#lylatov#israel#Jerusalem
Dead Sea #Israel
Like nothing else on Earth
I went to the Dead Sea at dusk and stayed until the stars were bright. This place is alien territory. It’s kind of similar to being in one of those zero gravity float tanks, except outside and it’s 100 degrees and the water is hotter than the air. 🤯
I had a cut in my toe that I became painfully aware of and I got the water in my eye while I was halfway to Jordan. So I cried it out and after a few minutes my vision was restored. It took half a day and two showers for my toe to stop hurting though. .
After the Dead Sea I stopped to look at the stars. The moon was so bright it left a ring of light around the horizon, but I could still see the night sky. I got to watch a comet with a full tail sail toward Earth before it broke apart and died out. It was very exciting.
Somewhere in the Siq of #Petra , #Jordan . #silkroad
Up at 6 something again to catch a tour bus to Jordan 🇯🇴. The mountains and hills here are gorgeous. .
We visited Petra which is a village of about 25,000 Bedouin people that happens to contain a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There is a LOT of selling happening down there, but there is a genuine feeling of welcome. The people selling their wares are the people who have lived there for many generations and who belong in the land. I had the privilege of chatting with several people who enjoy modern comforts in their cave homes. I was invited to come visit them and stay and eat and enjoy nature and experience their way of life many times today. I felt like everyone was a friend of a friend. It’s kind of a foreign thing, to be welcomed by strangers. .
I was wished well and invited to come back and to enjoy life and be happy countless times today. It was really nice to be in all of the positive energy. .
In the shops they have these beautiful embroidered silk scarves. Four times in four different shops, the salesmen came up and dressed me in the scarves and put kohl on my eyes. One of them asked Zia how many camels it would cost to marry me 🤣😂. It was all in fun, I was not offended. Although one shopkeeper said I’m prettier than a woman, and I haven’t been able to wrap my mind around that one. . #middleeast#desert#skincare #nastyhairdontcare#itshotaf
11 7015 August, 2019
Quick stop in Jerusalem to visit the Western Wall AKA Wailing Wall
This has been a very long day. Up at 5:45a to go to the date plantation on the border between Israel and Jordan. It was 90 degrees by 9a. .
After a half day there we packed up and headed to Jerusalem. I wanted to go to Yad Vashem which is a place dedicated to research, education, preservation, and memorial to the holocaust and the people affected. .
Not the most fun vacation activity, and although difficult and exhausting, one of the best parts of my trip. I could spend a week in there. The path through the exhibits started with education about the propaganda and campaigning against Jews that started long before the first death camps were designed. The psychology of the population was prepared to allow the systematic murder of millions.... fascinating, heart crushing, and infuriating.
It ended with the hall of names which serves as a memorial to the victims who were murdered during the holocaust, few of whom received a proper burial. I was feeling the gravity of everything in between when I got to the Western Wall.
The Wailing Wall is precious to many people from many faiths, that was apparent here. I sat a little while, said some thanks and asked blessings for a few people 😊.
Then to the market for falafel and pita (with hummus of course). And now a 3 hour drive to Eliat. There’s never enough time.
. #wailingwall#westernwall#jerusalem#holycity#cityofdavid#israel#israel 🇮🇱
8 3314 August, 2019
The only dates I’m getting these days 👀. #livinggood#jordanvalley
What a treat to spend some time in such a unique place. I was on a farm that is part of a Moshav, a community that shares some benefits of collective resources. Different from a kibbutzim.
Not pictured here are the family dinners, goats, all the dust I inhaled, sunrises, or the bug zapper that got something so big I wouldn’t look last night.
We’re heading for Jerusalem now, I have no doubt there is an ant somewhere in our luggage stowing away. .
Ps I milked a goat 🐐 . #moshav#farmlife#jordanvalley#israel#dates#daydate#mydate
3 2014 August, 2019
Hanging out on the farm 🐐 #lifeisgood#jordanvalley .
It’s quiet and beautiful out here. VERY windy last night but the wind is preferable to the flies. I think 24 hours is enough of the bug life for me.
Grateful for the opportunity to see a different side of Israel. Tomorrow we go to the date plantation where the dates are days away from being harvest-ready. Apparently, they aren’t so great right off the tree. They need to be dried a little bit. I like them sticky.
We visited ruins of a village that was here around 3000 years ago according to our host. The 2nd pic has one of the houses in the foreground. .
The moon is out all day and when the sun goes down, the sunset appears to be 360 degrees. Then the moon is so bright I can see my shadow and it’s going to be 40 degrees tomorrow (104).
. #israel#buglife 🐞 #farm#valleygirl#desert#windyhairdontcare
2 4713 August, 2019
Random street in Tel Aviv reminds me of home #soufend girl
There is a lot about Tel Aviv that feels like home. It’s very comfortable here, strangers ask where I’m from so that they can welcome me. So@e people make recommendations but mostly they just want to know if I’m enjoying myself and they wish me a good trip.
Plus, everyone laughs at my jokes here 🙄 there is levity under the deadpan expressions.
3 3313 August, 2019
Surfing in Tel Aviv 😍
Thanks for the pics @zia_cloud
Tel Aviv 😍 this beach is PERFECT.
There is such an unusual and peaceful feeling here. So far, I’ve met nothing but nice people, eaten delicious healthy food, walked on one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen, and danced in the clubs until 5a. .
I’m excited to learn more about this place, but I’m glad we got here on Shabbat. It was difficult to find any hurry or stress, most of the government operations are closed including some transportation options. We took it nice and easy and shared a community dinner. It’s been soothing. . #telaviv#israel#beach#shabbatshalom
1 3710 August, 2019
Goodbye Turkey 🇹🇷 it was brief but nice. Next stop, Tel Aviv
Istanbul is so dense. Everything is within 5 miles and 20-30 mins depending on the time of day and choice of transportation.
I got lost trying to get back from the Asia side to the Europe side and there were many helpful strangers along the way, none of whom spoke English. The only Turkish word I learned was “teshkedir ederim” or, Thank you. But we worked it out.
2 259 August, 2019
Street food !!!! (And yummy candy) 🌯🍡🍬🍭
These little roasted corn and nut carts are everywhere. There were also carts with pretzels and fresh rolls with the option of cheese or nutella... or both, I guess.
Döner meat on the spit, sort of like gyro meat but different. I ate döner tavuk which was basically a burrito. It was probably my 2nd favorite meal here after the Turkish breakfast. .
Turkish delight made with honey 🍯 is... ambrosia. Its so good, if I can get this in the States please don’t tell me. If I have access to this stuff I won’t eat anything else, it’s everything I want candy to be.
3 409 August, 2019
Blue Mosque 🕌 Sultanahmet Camii. Everything is under renovations :(
I’ve never actually been inside of a mosque before, it was fascinating to see the passages on the walls and the similarities and differences between the places of worship I’m familiar with and this place. .
I also really don’t mind covering up, I feel like I get to move through my surroundings with some anonymity and freedom. I’m not objectified and spoken to in way that indicates people are entitled to my return attention. It’s kind of nice. .
I wasn’t raised religious, I had exposure to religion and spirituality but I definitely didn’t have any of the dogmas suffocating my curiosity. I appreciated the opportunity to visit a place that seems out of reach otherwise.
9 559 August, 2019
I thought it was a river 🙄 the water is turquoise .
Geography was never my strong suit, still can’t identify North if I’m inside a building or in any way conscious, really.
The weather here is much cooler than any of my previous locations on this trip. I’m wearing a sweater because it’s a chilly 75 degrees. . #istanbul#turkey#istanbulturkey#notariver#highschooldropout#iwashere
1 327 August, 2019
K bye Greece, maybe I’ll be back to fry in the Cretan Sun ☀️ .
Bright and overexposed photos are kind of appropriate for this week. Greece was so bright, the sun was in my face the entire time. My nose looks like a strip of leather.
I lost my ugly but very functional hat but I got my phone back and made it on the the next flight.
. #goodbyegreece#helloistanbul#flights#iloveflying#athens#greece 🇬🇷
2 467 August, 2019
Minoan Palace at Knossos on Crete. Old. A. F.
1. Entrance to the palace from the Sea where traders and travelers came for business and pilgrimage from about 2600-1500 B.C. The fresco is a replica of originals that now reside in museums. The Minoans sacrificed Bulls to their God, Mother Earth, using double headed axes.
Apparently the palace at Knossos is the inspiration for the Greek myth about the Minetaur and the labrynth.
2. Terra-cotta bathtubs that doubles as coffins because the Minoans were efficient and resourceful.
3. Pile of horse bones from a sacrifice found in royal rubbish pits. Royal rubbish pit is the official term for the pits of trash that were the initial find at this archaeological site and the term tickles me.
4. Double headed axes used for ceremonial sacrifices. The double pointed shape of bull horns and the symbol of the axes were used frequently as religious symbols all over the palace.