Traveling as a Jew

This article was supposed to be posted later this month. However, the recent events in Pittsburgh have caused me to move up the timeline. Dillsboro, Indiana is a small town of about 1200 residents roughly an hour outside of Cincinnati. It is rural, conservative, and largely the stereotypical mid-American small town. It is not exactly…

Singapore: Top Cultural Attractions

Let me say it again: Singapore is my favorite city on the planet. It is clean, safe, and friendly. It also has one of the best mix of cultures anywhere in the world. Colonial buildings stand beside beautiful modern architectural gems. Religious sites abound. And museums celebrating some of the most impressive civilizations in the…

An Introduction to Modern-Day Seoul

Seoul is a massive metropolis. Home to roughly 25% of South Korea's 50 million inhabitants, the city sprawls along both sides of the Han River. From the historical sites in the north to the upscale Gangnam district south of the river, Seoul is a bustling modern city with fun things to discover around most corners.…

The Sad Story of the Jews of Spain

It's Saturday, Shabbat (the Jewish sabbath). The Synagogue of El Transito in Toledo, Spain is crowded, but there is no service taking place. Tourists mill through the sanctuary and the adjoining rooms of the Sephardic Jewish Museum. There is a group of local families gathered with a children's song leader, but they don't sing Jewish…

Madrid: Day Trips

Whenever I travel to a new city, I like to take day trips if possible. After all, it allows me to see a bit more of a place! Whether awesome side adventures from my recent trip in Kyoto or my drive around the Michigan thumb from Detroit, I've tried to add these extra elements to…

Madrid: Centro

Madrid is a fairly large city. However, to a tourist's delight, most of the major sights can be found in just a couple of neighborhoods. Centro is one of those. Centro is the historical city. Puerta del Sol, one of the major squares in the neighborhood, was actually a gate into the old city at…