By Victoria Gensheimer.
Have you ever wondered about the origin of the term honeymoon? Historians have several theories.
One of the earliest theories is that the word is derived from the Old English “honey moone.” “Honey” identifies with the sweetness of being newly married. It was European custom to offer the newly married couple enough honey mead to last for a month. It was known to have an intoxicating effect and acted as an aphrodisiac. The word “moone” makes reference … Keep Reading!!!
Allow us to recount the first leg of the trip and share our South African Airways reviews…
Heather and I were discussing our trip when we got into Cape Town the other night, and we made the decision to make a travel log, because we already feel like we have some useful information to share.
For your reference, we both travel quite frequently throughout the year. I think I’ve been home … Keep Reading!!!
Jack Hyer knew he wanted to marry Rebecca Strellnauer after their first date. However, it still took him four years to ask for her hand in marriage.
Perhaps the delay was due to his elaborate proposal plan.
During those four years, Hyer constructed music video lip-synching to “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers, which takes place in 26 different countries.
It’s too bad that she declined his proposal. Okay, just kidding… She said yes!
We wish the happy … Keep Reading!!!
One of China’s Five Sacred Daoist mountains, Hua Shan located east of Xi’an. It consists of four peaks, and is known as one of the most dangerous hiking trails in the world.
Watch hiker take on the plank walk located near the South Peak. (What is at the top? A tea house.)
And if you think that is crazy-
This hiker does the plank walk without a harness!!!
What do you think? Would you try it?
Also, I wonder how … Keep Reading!!!
Waves For Water / Hamlin Fistula Hospital Clean-Water Project
Every year obstetric fistula affects at least two million women across the globe.
In Ethiopia, women make a long, arduous journey to reach the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in an attempt to end their constant misery and overcome the pressing sense of shame and rejection. A result of neglected childbirth, obstetric fistula is a hole that forms between the vagina and the bladder (and occasionally the rectum) in incidents of
Lori caught this Grivet monkey breastfeeding when we were in Ethiopia.
Mom seems to be enjoying a snack, too.
March 2013- Ethiopia.
It was a hot summer day during an extreme sandstorm when we arrived.
The shallow community well was undrinkable.
After being filtered, a child received his first taste of clean water; we were there and witness firsthand the immediate transformation.
If you told me you don’t believe access to clean water is a human right, then I would tell you, you don’t believe in human dignity.
Nestle’s attempt to fear people into supporting the commoditization of … Keep Reading!!!
Back in February, we took the kids to South Africa and spent about two weeks on game drives during an African Safari.
Which means we completed number five on our 30 before 30 list!
Here is a recap of our trip:
Madikwe Safari Lodge
Our First Game Drive
Aram’s Epic Illness During the Trip
Kids’ Safari Fun
Cape Town Escape
My Cape Town Birthday
Back on Safari at Sabi Sands
The Magic of Safari
Here are my tips … Keep Reading!!!
We love Carmel and my parents’ cottage.
The boys had a mini-vacation with my parents and Brian and I went to the family cottage.
I spent my 27th birthday in what has now become one of my very favorite cities in the world.
I woke up to a completed 27th year to discover Aram was on the road to recovery from his epic illness, which was the best present I could have asked for. We made our way to breakfast at More Quarters to find a tower of handcrafted cupcakes (complete with edible sparkles) waiting for us at our table, with a note … Keep Reading!!!
Early on in our trip, we decided to have a company take us on a few tours around Cape Town. Our first stop was to The Winelands.
We had lunch in Franschhoek (some us ate, some of us took the time and shopped)…
And finally we ended at the Cheetah Outreach where we all learned about this breed of dog (Anatolian Shepherd) that is helping save the cheetah.
We also were given the opportunity to pet the cheetahs in … Keep Reading!!!
I wasn’t sure what to expect when we arrived in Cape Town. Many people have told me it is their favorite city in the world, but there were others, (who maybe have never visited) who were telling us how dangerous the city was and that we needed to be very careful.
When we landed, I was surprised how much Cape Town looked like various parts of California. I saw Big Sur, Santa Barbara, … Keep Reading!!!