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  • Blog Post: A different perspective

    IMG_8958 Originally uploaded by kirispupis This photo was taken about a week ago near Petra, Jordan. We hired a guide to take us around and show us Little Petra, which is a smaller version of the gigantic Petra that was recently named one of the new seven wonders of the world. My two kids, ages 3 and...
  • Blog Post: Travelling tips

    The following is a collection of travel tips that have significantly improved our vacations since we started using them. Packing lists - Until a few years ago, it seems that I would always forget something whenever I went on vacation. Now what we do is several weeks before going on vacation we start...
  • Blog Post: Back from Israel and Jordan

    Yesterday we got back from a two week trip to Israel and Jordan. This was a particularly fascinating trip and there is so much to say but I will stick with my major impressions. - It is rather sad, but from a first hand look I think it will be a very long time before there is peace here. In Jerusalem...
  • Blog Post: Ranking my vacations so far - part IV

    This is the final part of ranking the best 24 vacations I have been on so far. #6 Thailand Thailand was the most recent vacation I have been on and is truly a beautiful country. We spent time in Phuket, Ko Samui, and Bangkok. The temples in Bangkok are must see and Phuket is a very beautiful place...
  • Blog Post: Ranking my vacations so far - part II

    This continues my previous day's blog, covering the top 24 vacations I have been on. #18 The Oregon Coast and San Francisco This was the first vacation we took with Eitan, who was then only two months old. The Oregon Coast was beautiful and we also spent some time in Redwood National Park, which...
  • Blog Post: Ranking my vacations so far

    For fun recently, and also for lack of anything I can say publicly about OCS, I decided to rank the vacations I have been on thus far. I counted 24 vacations that I considered memorable to list. I have been to other places, such as 47 states in the US, but my parents had the tendency to rush through...
  • Blog Post: Some funny conversations with my three and four year old

    I thought for a good spirited Monday post I would post some of the funnier conversations we have had with our three (Nathan) and four (Eitan) year olds. Nelya : And when we go to Israel, we’re going to see the Dead Sea! Eitan: Are there fish in it? Nelya: No, that’s why they call it the ‘Dead...
  • Blog Post: And the winner is...

    After discussing this with my wife and coworkers who have been to several of the areas I mentioned yesterday, I have decided that the next vacation (after Israel/Jordan) will be Italy and Malta. The following were what made this the best choice in my mind. - Safety. Italy and Malta are both safe,...
  • Blog Post: Figuring out vacations

    As those who know me well are very familiar with, I tend to plan vacations quite far in advance. For instance, in a few weeks my wife, kids, and I will be travelling to Israel and Jordan. Our plans there are already taken care of and I have been spending a good deal of time trying to figure out where...
  • Blog Post: Dreaming of the next vacation

    Part of the frustration of writing this blog is the fact that I have several interesting topics to blog about - several of which I'm sure you're interested in (see the comments in my recent "questions about UCAS" post) but I cannot blog at all about these topics until the next Beta release, which thankfully...
  • Blog Post: Branded Customer Service first thoughts

    On the plane ride back from Thailand, I started reading Branded Customer Service by Janelle Barlow and Paul Stewart. Although I still have a good portion of the book before me, it has led me to look at things with a different viewpoint. My primary criticism thus far is the feeling that I get from...
  • Blog Post: Travelling with young children

    Some time ago I wrote several posts on travelling with small children that were quite popular. Recently I had the chance to travel with our two year old and three year old for two and a half weeks to Thailand and I thought I would post some addenda to the small children posts as not all of my advice...
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