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Transportation and Required Attire

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TRANSPORTATION It is strongly advised that I not go outside to shop, explore, and have lunch on my own. It is almost mandatory that my husband accompany me outside the hotel at all times. If we are seen speaking to one another on the street / in public and are approached by the he mutawa’een (the religious police) we will be asked to hand over all of our documents including…

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Trip to the Kingdom

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wSKgARaMmA&feature=related This has been quite the adventure already and I haven’t left US soil! I just spent most of the holidays researching my upcoming trip to city of Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), located on the Red Sea. I’ve been reading articles on the internet, books ordered from Amazon and talked with Ana who grew up there (last time there in 1993). I also recently have been in contact…

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New Year Goals

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Twice a year I write down my goals, on New Year’s Day and on my birthday. I then examine them, cross off my accomplishments, and then re-examine the unaccomplished. Do I place them back on the list or do I cast them off? Hmmm. “Travel more” is always one goal I keep on my list. 2010 will start off with a bang:  I’ll be traveling to Saudi Arabia. I look to experience this extremely…

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Kim’s Terrace, Part One

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The Making of Kim’s Terrace, Part I Last autumn my dear friend Kim bought this amazing loft / condo in downtown Minneapolis. Complete with spectacular views, this amazing loft came with an enormous terrace: 40’ x 17’—I know, I know—amazingly huge blank canvas! She and I set off to define this space to take advantage of amazing views and yet to create a more intimate space for entertaining. I did…

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Graffiti Article

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It’s Butter Ball time again. This year’s theme Urban Playground. I’m once again part of the decor committee. Our main concept this year is to take photographs of iconic architecture in the TC, enlarge the photos and then invite local graffiti artists to “paint” over the the enlargements stating messages that give reference to our great cause, www.openarmsmn.org. This past June while working on a project in NYC I was…

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