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Wrapping up 2019

What an interesting year!  It started off a little rocky, but ended up as good as they get!  I always start each year making some goals so I can try and have a productive year.  I don't always accomplish all the goals, but I did pretty good this year.  I thought it would be fun to highlight some of them here.

I have wanted to buy a house in Hawaii for a while, but that requires quite a big down payment so I made a goal to save $100k for a down payment this year.  As of today, I have barely broken this!  One of my goals this next year is to buy another property so we'll see how that part of the equation goes.

Travel less. I failed this one miserably.  I wanted to spend more time on Kauai but I found it hard to say no to fun vacations.  I am making a similar goal for 2020.

Read 12 books.  I did great on this one!  I really went in the spiritual direction towards the end and I think that is how I will be starting the new year.  Here is my list from the year:
The Story of Koloa
D…

Egypt: Maybe My Favorite Country Yet?

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I should first start off by saying that while Egypt had such amazing people and wonderful sites, it was the dirtiest place I have ever been.  I asked one of the locals why and he said because they don't have any garbage collection except for the rich who pay for the private service.  It's such a bummer because while this city is beautiful, it could be even more wonderful if it were clean!

I'm generally a budget traveler, but Jordan convinced me to stay at the Ritz while in Cairo and it pretty boujee!  I'm not sure I would spend that kind of money for a hotel again, but it was a fun experience in a far away land.  I enjoyed some bubble baths and room service in bed!

After Cairo, we headed south to Marsa Alam where we could dive in the Red Sea.  I didn't take many pictures there so didn't post any, but it was great!  Beautiful reef, great fish, crystal clear water. You can tell they also take care of the reef and don't let new divers so areas where they can …

Jordan: Getting Lucky at Petra

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Our second stop on the trip was Jordan.  I've always wanted to get to Petra so this was a big bucket list item!  We even lucked out and got to spend over an hour at Petra alone!  I won't share the story here, but feel free to ask me if you want to know how we scored this.


 I couldn't decide which picture to put here so I added them all!  We rented a car in Amman and drove straight to Petra to have a couple days there.








After exploring Petra, we headed further south to Wadi Rum, a National Park where you can do some glamping.  It was soooo cold, but soooo beautiful!  We even rode camels!



We then drove North to Jerash and quickly realized why it was called the City of 1000 Columns!  So interesting to see the old right in the middle of modern city.



Isreal: Even Fun for the Non-Religious!

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Jordan and I spent some time traveling through Israel, Jordan and Egypt.  This would be too long for one post so I'll break it up per country.

I have a friend on Kauai that is from Israel so she gave a bunch of tips on where to go and what to eat.  We ended up staying in Jerusalem for most of the trip, but also explored some of the surrounding areas.  Israel has some of best food I have eaten around the world.  While I am spiritual in some ways, I would not consider myself religious and I still really enjoyed the sites.  So much history has happened in this area.  The people were so friendly everywhere we went!


We flew into Tel Aviv, but Grabbed a car and drove straight to Jerusalem.  The first meal we ate we met a bunch of locals and ended up hanging out with them for a lot of out time in the area.  Let me tell you....people around there like to party!
They had to blur out my face while in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  The different Christian groups cannot decide who should…