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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: Two seconds in a life

    I am going to digress from the MSS Beta for a day so I can add a long awaited post. One of the many things I find interesting about life is in retrospect it is not continuous. We do not remember every second of every hour of every day in our life. We only remember brief moments - some happy and some...
  • Blog Post: Travelling with small children - part VI - the flight part II

    Another question that one may have about travelling with small children on a plane is whether to use a car seat. As I mentioned in my last post, if your child is under one, you can use the basinet on the plane. If your child is between one and two, I strongly recommend you bring a car seat. We have a...
  • Blog Post: Travelling with small children - Part V - the flight

    As you may imagine, travelling with one or more small children on an international flight takes some planning. The first question you may have is how many seats to book. The following are my suggestions based on taking an 11 month old to Italy and a 10 month old and 22 month old to Singapore. - If...
  • Blog Post: Travelling with small children - part IV strollers

    So now you've figured out where you want to go. It's time to look at a stroller for your little one(s). Since my son Eitan was born, we have owned three different double strollers and two different single strollers. The following are the pros and cons of each with regards to travel. Single Strollers...
  • Blog Post: Travelling with small children - part III

    In my last installment I discussed considering travelling abroad. I will now discuss what countries you should consider when travelling with small children. There are several prerequisites I have when choosing to travel abroad. 1) The country must be politically stable - though this should be obvious...
  • Blog Post: Travelling with small children - part II

    When travelling with small children, your first decision obviously needs to be "where should I go?". Having travelled with our children in both the US and abroad, it may sound strange, but it is much easier for us to travel abroad with them than in the US. The following are what we have found. ...
  • Blog Post: Travelling with small children - part I

    It often annoys me when people consider the birth of a child as the end of their life. Too often I hear 'I want to get a chance to travel before having children' or I see people with children become complete recluses. My wife and I currently have two children - ages two and one. Before we had children...
  • Blog Post: Off to the jungle!

    Starting tomorrow I will be OOF for two weeks visiting the remote jungles of Peru. You can read my itinerary here . I will also spend some time seeing Macchu Picchu and Cuzco. This trip was booked almost a year ago and some time ago I blogged about it. The lodges I am staying at are an interesting idea...
  • Blog Post: A trip to the rainforest

    This post will be a bit of a departure from the regular technical track. About a month ago for my birthday my wife bought me a trip to anywhere - as long as the budget was reasonable. There are three places I would like to see before I die (which I hope is in the sufficiently far future) - Africa, the...
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