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Sand and water

Posted by Eliza Myers in Middle East on September 19, 2011

 
 

I took a moment to catch my breath. The gigantic sand dune kept going straight up into the air and down below me the people were already looking like Polly Pocket dolls. But it was the challenge of the Wadi Rum desert that kept me climbing the sand dune. I figured Lawrence of Arabia hadn’t…

 

Petra treasures

Posted by Eliza Myers in Middle East on September 17, 2011

 
 

After a walk through a shadowy, narrow gorge in the desert, a light appears through the sandstone mountain slits. There is where I got my first glimpse of the iconic Treasury. The elaborate tomb’s façade was carved by the mysterious Nabateans between 100 B.C. and 200 A.D. This iconic structure is reason enough for many…

 

Down to the river to pray

Posted by Eliza Myers in Middle East on September 13, 2011

 
 

Almost 2,000 years ago, John the Baptist baptized a man in the Jordan River who would change the world. I got to walk on the hallowed ground where this miracle occurred at Bethany-Beyond-Jordan. It is easy to picture this event, since the area has the same desert look that it had during the time of…

 

Touching the hand of Hercules

Posted by Eliza Myers in Middle East on September 11, 2011

 
 

You might not think of Hercules when you think of Jordan. However, Hercules once stood atop the Citadel Hill in Jordan’s capital, Amman, during the Roman times. All that’s left of the once giant statue is little more than a piece of the hand, but that is enough to imagine the statue‘s former grandeur. Walking…

 

Richmond rocked!

Posted by Eliza Myers in Conferences on August 30, 2011

 
 

On August 23, 2011, an earthquake shook the city of Richmond, Va., and ensured an exciting start to the Going On Faith Conference. Although only lasting for a few seconds, the quake made for an unforgettable first day of conference registration. That evening, attendees learned that even rats could be trained to play basketball at…

 

Charmed by elephants and snakes

Posted by Eliza Myers in Asia on June 14, 2011

 
 

I think elephant might be my new favorite mode of travel. You get to enjoy the scenic view while being gently rocked as if in a boat on calm waters. Plus, elephants are extremely cute, which beats out many other modes of transportation. On my last full day of touring India, I rode one particularly…

 

A teardrop for all time

Posted by Eliza Myers in Asia on June 14, 2011

 
 

Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore once called the Taj Mahal a teardrop that glistened “spotlessly bright on the cheek of time.” I felt these romantic sentiments accurately captured the delicate beauty of the great Taj Mahal. It all began with a love story, which I listened to in front of the Taj Mahal at daybreak. As…

 

A day of Mughals and monkeys

Posted by Eliza Myers in Asia on June 09, 2011

 
 

How can a building stay snow white for centuries? By using some of India’s stain-free white marble. This is how the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah in Agra still looks new after almost 400 years. The use of white marble, carved stone screens and colorful wall designs illustrate how this Mughal mausoleum was the precursor to the…

 

Rickshaw mayhem

Posted by Eliza Myers in Asia on June 07, 2011

 
 

“If you want to experience the sights, the sounds and the smells of “real” India all at once, the best way is a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi,” said Anil Bahal, my India tour director. So on my first day of touring India with Globus Tours, I climbed into a tiny rickshaw to let all…

 

Canadian cowboys

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 20, 2011

 
 

After saying goodbye to the mountains this morning, I experienced a totally new side of Canada at Calgary. The growing city is in the midst of prairie country, so the region has long depended on ranching as one of its main economic staples.   To celebrate this, the city holds an annual Calgary Stampede rodeo…