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The greatest show on earth started with the song the boys call “the desert song”  a name they came up with after we spent a week in the Jordanian desert: it is one of their favorites and the twinkle in their eyes confirmed this.  As soon as the song started the audience full of doting parents and grandparents began clapping to the captivating  beat.  This was followed closely by 13 little jinns and belly dancers moving in single file while expertly shimmying to the drum beat and kaman. Little people clad in purple, pink, blue and gold hues, the audience squealed with joy at this delightful sight.  If I closed my eyes, I could have almost imagined I was sipping Bedouin tea under a goat hair tent in the shimmery Arabian desert.  Too cute for words really.

Next up was a couple of sweet songs, followed by a hilarious robot dance–Omer was one of two lead robot dancers–and then a “free style” dance where the kids, well, free-styled.  Ali and Omer were hilarious as to be expected, but the icing on the cake was Omer’s close-your-eyes-and-feel-the-music move followed by intermissions of a 60’s style Cleopatra/cat eye dance. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear it was a homage to Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction.

The show ended with a skit showcasing Ali as one of the head genies–think Johnny Carson’s The Great Karnak character–granting wishes to various requests; all very cute and precious and enjoyable down to the last second.

We were, of course,  proud as peaches.  Who wouldn’t be?  Check out the photos below.

Omer welcoming everybody to the show


Dancing to the beat of the drums

The Great Karnak


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Summer Fever

At this time of year I would usually lament that my lack of posting is due to being too busy at work, which is true in fact,  even with direct instruction over, there is a lot to do between now and the end of June.  But my lack of posting of late is due to a  switch to summer mode deep within my brain, and the past surprise three-day weekend (thanks to the elections) made it even worse.

To be honest, it all started in May, when my good buddy–a person I have known since I was five–came to visit. We traipsed around the streets of Istanbul and hiked the surreal earth formations in Cappadocia, laughing and chatting all the way, without a care in the world.  Going back to work after that was the beginning of the end, and my heart just hasn’t been in it ever since.  To add to that, this past weekend was filled with sunshine, family film night, BBQ, chats with friends near and far, birthday cakes, homemade popsicles, gardening and golden icy glasses of beer.  Work?  What?!  All I want to do right now is be in the Northwest, hanging out with friends and family, or in our rental car, driving down the Pacific Coast and camping under majestic redwoods near beautiful beaches, or at my Uncle’s watching various male family members do preacher’s seats into the pool until the wee hours of the morning after eating a year’s worth of bbq’d meat and potato salad.

And that is really all I have in me at the moment.  I will leave you with a few pictures from our Cappadocia trip and hope that your summer is well under way.

Smoking nargile to pass the time in the rain

Rose Valley hike

The underground city we had to ourselves

Making a quick exit, rain coming.

The last picture before the camera was ruined by water

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