Tacos A Go Go

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Pollo, Al Pastor, Barbacoa, pork, fish, picadillo….try them all. Night or day, they’re one of my favorites in Houston.

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I Prefer Evenings With You

Liz and Yannick Vanhove. iPhone5.

Liz and Yannick Vanhove. iPhone5.

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Tango To Pugliese

Liz and Yannick Vanhove

Liz and Yannick Vanhove

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Angel Tree

Gift wrapped presents for needy kids

Gift wrapped presents for needy kids

A few weeks ago at The Woodlands Church, Pastor Kerry encouraged us to stop by the Angel Tree on the way out and make a wish come true for lots of local kids.  These kids are children up through age 18 who are in low income families or with the Child Protective Service – kids who may not be having a Christmas at all.

Patty and I each took a paper cut-out of an angel off the Christmas Tree as we exited.  Patty chose an 18 year old boy.  I chose an 11 year old girl.  Each child can make a request for clothes and for a gift.  The paper angel has their age, size and a wish for a present on it.  Mine asked for pants and a shirt/top and ….. although she could have asked for lots of things…she asked for a bracelet.  It still chokes me up to this about that.  Of all the things that an 11 year old girl could have asked for, she asked for a bracelet.

Presents are sorted by code for each family, then delivered by FedEx truck

Presents are sorted by code for each family, then delivered by FedEx truck

Needless to say, I shopped just for her, asking the ladies in the kids department to help me find her size and a cool top.  I also got her not one but several bracelets.  I hope she smiles when she opens her present.

This past weekend, all of us who chose to sponsor an angel, dropped off all our presents when we went to church.  The sight was overwhelming.  Tears flowed from Patty’s face.  So many presents filled the packing tables. FedEx had lined up about 12 delivery trucks to distribute the packages to local schools or buildings. Then as we walked towards the church, hundreds of brand new bicycles lined the paths all around the courtyard. There were so many gifts and presents! It felt so good to see it all.  It was awesome!

Brand new bicycles line the walkway all around the courtyard

Brand new bicycles line the walkway all around the courtyard

And what’s equally amazing is that we’ll never see the child we bought for, and they’ll never see us.  Its just blindly giving, without strings or any expectation of a ‘thank-you’ or a smile.  It’s the most amazing feeling to just give.

Who could ever dream that the act of giving could be so rewarding to the one who gives?

http://www.fotw.org

Ladies wrap up the presents in cellophane.

Ladies bundle up the presents in cellophane for each Angel

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Waiting For The Bus

Kamari, Santorini. Greece. Nikon D90

Kamari, Santorini. Greece. Nikon D90

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Hellenic Seaways Highspeed Ferry Boats

Cosmote5 Highspeed Ferry Boat.

Cosmote5 Highspeed Ferry Boat.

I’d never traveled around Greece and Turkey before so when part of our transportation included sailing on ferry boats, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Were they old, worn out people transports?  Were the website pictures up to date? Were they like the truck and car island-hoppers around the Seattle area?  Most importantly, were they stable enough to keep me from getting seasick like I did on a voyage from Los Angeles to Catalina Island?  As with all things these days, I cross check everything with TripAdvisor.

DSC_0668I am happy to report that the ferry boats we sailed on were modern, fast and quite stable. They allowed plenty of space for cars and trucks on the lower decks.  The upper decks had three classes of service which included reserved seating, Business Class and a VIP level as well. Some of the ferry boats are twin hull or catamaran style and definitely haul ass – hitting speeds of more than 40 knots.

There were nice choices for food too – a deli, a restaurant and a grill.  There was even a shop that carried jewelry and perfumes.  Reserved seating was in upholstered, reclining DSC_0669seats that were clean and modern, not worn out or torn up.  There were open air-decks on the back of the ship and a full open-air deck on top with tables and chairs in patio style seating.

Prices are quite affordable.  Our trip from Mykonos to Athens ( about 5 hours ) was around $50 US per person.  The boats were high speed boats that could maneuver easily in and out of the dock.  Turn around time in port was a very fast 20 minutes.  Those on-board quickly exited on foot followed by the vehicle traffic.  Then, those vehicles waiting to load drove on and the pedestrians followed next.  The loading ramp was raised.  The huge props pushed the boat away from the dock and off it went.  The entire process was well organized, safe and easy.

You can buy tickets on-line or from the ticket booth at the pier.

It was a nice break from the stressful craziness at airports.  Staying close to the water and being able to move around on the ship helped maintain the relaxing vacation mode that we were in.  I’m happy to report that I thoroughly loved it and I’ll do it again.

For info: http://www.ferries.gr/hfd/

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Candy On A Stick

Istanbul, Turkey. Nikon D90

Istanbul, Turkey. Nikon D90

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