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Commonly called Cape Point, this 77.50-sq-km section of Table Mountain National Park had some  awesome scenery,  deserted beaches and spectacular sea and mountain views.

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Irresistible, is a good way to describe it. @3,500 ft above sea level, it is the oldest mountain on Earth, 6x older than The Himalayas. The rocks at the summit reminded me of Honningsvåg Norway and the Arctic Circle glacier stones-truely amazing. Happy to duplicate ,Christ the Redeemer Art Deco statue pose  of Jesus Christ in Rio.


Hope lies on Table Mountain-the exact vista that Nelson Mandela looked out from his prison on Robben Island that kept him going.It is an important piece of SA culture I will take back with me and share the legacy.
Our "ocean" view
@The Table Bay Hotel




Here in Northe Cape, in the Arctic Circle, looks to me a lot like Table Mountain

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Doha's skyline looks like it was designed by architects who didn't talk to each other, didn't like each other, and engaged in experiments they could never get away with at home. And a Qatari can live anywhere without ever leaving home. A virtual Venice is around the corner. Rodeo Drive is down the block. And there are world-class restaurants in the ancient Arab souk, which was rebuilt as well.
Qatar's 250,000 citizens are, quite literally, the richest people in the world and very content with their lives in this oil-and-gas-rich speck of a nation. It's a great place to be as we close out this one lap, 365 days  around the sun.

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The Pearl at night driving in a Water Taxi

The dhow was a vessel used primarily for fishing and trade. It provides a reminder of the age of exploration, and the backdrop of the New Downtown skyline, still under construction adds contrast.  There are more spectacular photos of the eclectic architecture here,  but this Dhow screamed,  " Point and shoot. I am ready for my closeup ".

Enjoying the good life with Sarah   in Porto Arabia.




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Dubai Aquarium, Ski Dubai and The Marina






Sailing in The Persian Gulf







The sacred animal and ship of the desert, Camels,juxtaposed by the SUV's going in opposite directions seems so poetic and symbolic as the past and the future meet in the all encompassing Then and Now in harmony...and yet...



The desert seems empty but hides many possibilities. 

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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

There is the tyrany of NOW verses the power of YET


A teacher should always be a student of life.  As an Expat, EVERY DAY I  have to go out of  my  mind to come to my senses. I choose Travel to do just that, and it  offers a Eureka  moment where becoming is better than being.

If money is life's report card, I am giving myself a grade of "not yet" — America always offers that pat on the back, that nudge--- "You’re not yet there. But you will be, you can be; just keep going.". Same here in Doha, in the richest country per capita, in the world.

I am in front of a sports car (not mine)- reminding myself that the best things in life aren't THINGS---they are people and places. I have chosen a life of "purchasing experiences" rather than stuff. It has made all the difference. Still, my inner neanderthal  has,  on occassion,  jumped  in that (type of) car and put the pedal to the metal.
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I Play the LONG game not the SHORT one. There is nothing noble about being  superior to some other person. True nobility lies in being economically, socially and spiritually superior to your  FORMER self. We can't create experiences like this, we undergo them. It takes time-getting ready for change---but CHANGE is instant.


My wish for 2017 is to leverage each day. Be kind. Do whats right when no one is looking and love more intentionally. 

Mantras:BE NICE TO YOUR FUTURE SELF

Evolution is wired. Revolution is tired. 

The power of Yet is wired.  The tyranny of Now is tired. 

The Earth school kills all of its students---Travel Well and Prosper...and add "yet" to the conversation.