Playing in the mud, getting splashed with paint, lighting up the night or getting chased by zombies all add a little excitement to the typical 5K race. Fun runs are all the rage and a great way to get newbies involved in running; or to give veteran runners a change of pace. Most fun runs remove the [ ... ]
Head over to Universal Studios Hollywood for two new rides and an expanded Studio Tour! It’s a perfect Summer Vacation Idea. Plus, right now when you “a day you get the rest of 2013 free."
As a runner, I wanted to pay my respects to the Boston Marathoners; as an environmentalist, I didn’t want to use a lot of gas to go to ston.
We had no choice but to drive to Boston to pick my daughter up at college; the self-same daughter who refuses to eat industrialized food or buy clothing pr [ ... ]
We, the Year 3 class of Ajman Academy in the United Arab Emirates, wrote this article in order to help parents know what to expect in Thailand when travelling with kids. Since we are 7-9 years old, we researched what to do in Thailand from a kid’s perspective. We had to do a lot of thinking and re [ ... ]
Recently, I had the opportunity to teach my Year 3 students of Ajman Academy all about planning and taking a trip.
In our school, we follow the PYP model of education, where we break our year up into six blocks, each one focusing on a transdisciplinary theme and central idea. Within each idea, there [ ... ]
Dell Rapids is a beautiful and quaint piece of Americana history with its Pink Rose Quartz buildings from the local quarry. Along the banks of the picturesque Big Sioux River since 1871, this small community of 3,650 is located approximately 15 minutes north of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This l [ ... ]
Opened in 1953, Dan Hotel Tel Aviv was the first luxury hotel in Israel and has maintained its status as the “Grande Dame” of Tel Aviv hotels ever since. Part of a 14 hotel chain operating in Israel, the Dan Tel Aviv hotel is in a category of its own in service and opulence in the Israeli hospit [ ... ]
The staff at the hotel recommended that we go to the museum in the late afternoon. The lines during the day can get long, they said, but later in the evening they tended to be shorter just before closing. In fact, earlier in the day during our canal cruise I recalled seeing the line of people, one behind the other, snaking their way around the corner of the building.
I was pleased that the hotel staff had been correct. We waited about 15 minutes before we were allowed to enter. I wasn't sure what to expect; how could a museum possibly relate such a historical event? Would we walk room to room, imagining what it was like? Would there be pictures to help guide us?
The setup of the museum is sequential. Visitors are guided through the building: the offices of Otto Frank, then the annex, the attic, the windows. The photographs, displays, and audio guides are arranged to tell the story, from beginning to end. The feeling is as though one is walking through a timeline in history.
What amazed me most is how the museum brings visitors into the lives of the people involved. When you first enter it is as though you are being reintroduced to people you have met before in your past; by the end of the visit, when you learn the fate of Anne, her family, friends, and the co-workers who hid them, you feel an actual loss of people you have grown close to.
The Anne Frank Museum is one you walk through quietly, listening, reading, and absorbing this horrific tale from the history books. Rooms in the museum have been left as much in their original form as possible so visitors can have an actual sense for what it was like for Anne and the others. You imagine holding your breath and remaining still so as to remain undetected. You imagine how much you would miss the freedom to walk outdoors, to feel the sun's warmth on your skin.
If you are in Amsterdam, I recommend a stop to the Anne Frank Museum during your family travel. While for many it will be a deeply felt visit, the experience will be one you won't regret.