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First day at work in a new office still feels like first day at a new school when I was a kid.  I knew I should have brought my cooler Trapper Keeper...
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Yay welcome back :-)
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Wrapping up "See It While We Still Can": Tel Aviv

Our last stop in Israel was Tel Aviv.  After coming from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv feels night-and-day different.  It's a very new city (barely 100 years old) compared to everything else in the area (thousands of years old).  Some people call it the San Francisco of Israel?  Either way, we were only in town for two nights but we managed to have some nice meals and hang out with our friends Muli and Or, who did a nice job playing tour guide for us / feeding us all the Israeli food that exists.
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Round #5 of "See Europe While We Still Can": Jerusalem

Ok, technically not Europe, but still pretty cool.  After Greece, Amy and I flew to Israel for the second half of our last travels before moving back to Seattle.  Our first stop was Jerusalem.  Given the important role the city has played in history and currently plays in the hearts and minds of so many people, it was pretty neat to see it all in person.  Though maybe it’d be cool if our Secretary of State didn’t antagonize the Israelis while we were there on vacation ; )
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Yad Vashem is really powerful. Very different from the US holocaust museum. 
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Round #3 of "See Europe While We Still Can": Athens.

I think what's most remarkable about visiting Greece is how much Greek salad I ate (and enjoyed) when just ten years ago, I would have made a face and gone straight for the souvlaki.  Though, just to be clear, I still ate plenty of souvlaki as well ; )
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Every king deserves a proper throne.  And by proper, I do mean tiger toilet seat with pseudo-3D effect.
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+Arthur Patterson technically Coop Bau + Hobby, but I am comforted knowing that apparently all Swiss home-improvement stores carry feline toilet seats ;) 
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I hate leaving but I love coming home again... excited to be back in Seattle.
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I think it's feasible that you can still make out-of-country trips every 2-3 months. Mexico isn't that long of a flight!
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Round #6 of "See It While We Still Can": The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea has always been one of those strange, abstract curiosities that I read about thinking "That's crazy" but I didn't imagine I'd ever visit. However, it's less than an hour from Jerusalem and our friends said it was worth the trip so suddenly, here we were.  Things I had not realized about the Dead Sea:

- The sea's surface and shores are 427 m below sea level, making it Earth's lowest elevation on land.
- The sea is 34.2% salt.  Drinking it (or even getting it in your eyes) is NOT a good idea ;)

But of course, the most notable thing about the Dead Sea is that it makes everybody float like a rubber ducky.  Including me, who normally sinks like a stone in a pool of water.  We stayed at the Ein Gedi kibbutz, which is a nature reserve / hotel / community in the area.  It has some really nice hikes and some pleasant accommodations, but I think we were the youngest people there (without parents) by a long shot ; )

We also did a quick trip down to Masada, which is the site of an ancient fort built on top of a mountain.  Pretty cool.
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Round #4 of "See Europe While We Still Can": Santorini

Is Santorini one of the more touristy Greek islands?  Certainly.  Was it still worth the trip?  Most definitely.  After the stress of getting everything packed and ready for the move to Seattle, we decided that it’d be nice to relax for a bit.  So after a stop in Athens, we shipped out for four nights in Santorini (we stayed in the town of Fira specifically).  There is a reason Santorini is so popular: good food, nice hotels, and of course, incredible sunsets.  Our trip was no exception.
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There is a giant couch-shaped hole in my heart. Saying goodbye... it's the hardest part.

(We sold our couch).
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Cool. I hope you enjoyed Zurich
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I think I'm about to pay the price for forgetting the first rule of moving: you always have at least twice as much stuff as you think you do.
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+Colin Dixon the problem is every time you account for the rule, your possessions magically double ;)
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I work for Google in Zurich, doing cool things in a cool city.  I'm a bit of a transit nerd.

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    Computer Science, 2004 - 2011
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I had a cocktail, gyoza, "lazy" deviled eggs, and the kasu ramen: I enjoyed it all. I can't comment whether the ramen was particularly authentic, but it was pretty tasty.
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Fine dining with a good view. A little bit classier and pricier than some other dining options in town, but a nice treat nonetheless.
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Good food and friendly staff. My fresh fish was delicious. What really tipped the scales was sipping tsipouro while three local boys played guitar at the table next to us. Definitely memorable.
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Cheap, delicious souvlakis and gyros. Best I ate in Thira. If you are fortunate, Lucky himself will be on hand to wax philosophical about the curative powers of his souvlakis.
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Good food and friendly staff. The indoor space is nice if you happen to be here during a chilly evening in the low-season.
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Good food and friendly staff. Especially when the owner started passing out shots of vino santo at the end of the evening ; )
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