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Really Enjoyed Algiers [Sep. 25th, 2016|05:32 pm]
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Yesterday, I grabbed some pics from facebook and made a post about a layover. Today is a lot like yesterday.

In May, I had a layover in Algiers. I thought, what on EARTH am I going to do to amuse myself in Algiers?

What I did was see a bit of the city, and then get out of town to enjoy the fresh air and scenic ruins. And I had a wonderful time doing so.

In no particular order...


Most of the buildings in the city looked like this.


We saw the Botanical Garden of Hamma, wandering through the trees and flowers.






What? It says not to step on the grass.


Drank tea here.


Then we drove up to the Martyrs' Memorial.


We went inside the breathtaking Notre Dame d'Afrique church.






We drove on. Our driver had a glorious selection of Algerian rai music that took us all the way to Tipasa and back home to our hotel in Algiers.


We went all the way to Tipasa, the beautiful spread of ruins of an ancient Roman city, and played along the shore.






Then we dined at the Restaurant Albert Camus.


I ate a fish. Sorry, fish.


Did I mention we were eleven people? And it was one of the most engaging groups I've seen to converge on a layover. The happy vibes wouldn't quit.
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Three Italian Towns, Part II [Sep. 24th, 2016|03:01 pm]
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Here I show you Sirmione, Italy. Again, in no particular order.




















My traveling companions.











Here are some people pictures:







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Three Italian Towns, Part I [Sep. 24th, 2016|02:27 pm]
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I fly around too much, and I take too many pictures. And then on my days off, I do too many activities, and take too many pictures of those, and then I don't have time to sit down at my computer and post them here. Too often, I throw them at facebook while I'm riding on a bus or passengering in a car.

Here are some pictures I think are pretty enough to share. In July, I had a 24 hour layover in Milan. There was just enough time to jaunt over to Bergamo, Sirmione, and Verona (with some expert coordination between the seven of us, who previously were total strangers).

Old, rural Italian towns have churches, ruins, and flowers. I found them restorative.

So here is Bergamo, in no particular order.




















"But I am free."

And here is Verona, setting of all those plays.




Juliet is supposed to have lived right here.





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Diving, But No Pictures [May. 7th, 2016|08:57 pm]
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I said I would be filming my diving adventures on my birthday getaway last month, but when I got onto the boat, I discovered my camera hadn't charged. Here is what I posted to facebook from the resort:

April 15th. The sun is out! And I just went snorkeling and saw a tiny, color changing cuttlefish.

April 16th. Day 6 of leave. I saw a stingray. A big one, the size of a table, just a meter or two away. It swam away from us, then toward us, then away, then toward us again. Also three cuttlefish swimming together like they were family. And a scorpion fish, huge puffer fish, and the fish with a seahorse face that isn't a seahorse, just so many other fish. But the Go Pro was dead, even though I plugged it in last night.

So, sadly, I don't have a video of my partner singing "Happy Birthday To You" in its entirety, underwater. We did two dives, and the visibility was much better than Valentine's Day (my previous entry). You'll just have to imagine it.


Here's a picture of the resort, though, after the sun came out. Until late in the afternoon, it was a dark and rainy day.


And here's me! On this day, I turned 38.


This was the boat that took us to our two dive sites.
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I'm going diving! I'm going diving! [Apr. 14th, 2016|01:16 pm]
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I'm going diving this weekend! Here are a few videos from the last time I went diving. Thanks for the awesome camera, Mom and Dad! Do you wish those existed when you took all those slides of the South Pacific?











I have several more equally fun videos from the same day, if you follow the videos to my youtube "channel."

Is the weekend here yet?

P.S. Sorry for the long delay in posting, Uncle John. My computer wasn't working for a couple of months, and I finally fixed it!
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