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I was in fact in east Virginia, the island of Chincoteague (where the hotel was) and the island of Assateague (where the beach was).

It was quite lovely, the weather was hot and the beach was absolutely fantastic!
The whole of Chincoteague basically caters to tourists and their major high is the 4th of July Weekend, where there seems to be a migration of people from the entire East Coast and Canada!
It was a fairly laid back holiday, Jade and I didn't go on any hiking with Shvo and Libby, we just lounged on the beach and the pool, which was fun all in itself.
We were extremely diligent with the sun screen, liberally applying it to Shvo and Libby and on ourselves (I didn't get burned - which was a surprise, since I am usually lobster like no matter how much sun screen I apply).
I definitely need a new swimming costume, the purple bikini I have just doesn't cut it anymore, I was feeling as if my boobs were falling out the entire time - when they did once when I was the (numbingly cold) water of the Atlantic, and a very hard wave crashed into me, my boobs popped out! Talk about a surprise, lucky I was able to adjust the top in time.

Shvo and I had a lot of fun building sand castles together and I enjoyed snoozing with Libby on the sun (under the sun umbrella - the best buy of the whole trip). Libby discovered sand and found it quite tasty since she was shoveling it into her mouth any chance she got and it crept into every inch of her. The funniest thing was when she started dipping her dummy into the sand and sucked on it, as if she was dipping it in honey!

I learnt a ton of life skills during the trip - I learned how to BBQ (and yes, my friends, I will cook for you), I learned how to read a road map (don't laugh, why would I need to know?) and I leaned that Seagulls are worse than Pigeons... and much scarier - those effing bastards stole our food!
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Today is my last day as Libby's Nanny.
I can't believe how much I've done in the past four months and how far I've come.
When I started out she was this little thing that only slept, ate and used up nappies.
Now she's a tiny little person.
What an amazing time it's been!
At the same time, I'm a bit glad it's over, that I've done it and can now move on, I love her and always will, but it had to end at some point.
I will always have a special place in my heart for Libby, I really hope (and I intend to make sure) that she and I have a special bond.
I love my nephews to bits as well, but Libby is different; she's the first person to ever really depend on me and she's the first person I ever really had a "life or death" responsibility towards.
It's been a hard and very life changing (I feel) months for me.
Now I get to go home for some rest :)

But not before we go to Virginia again, for a bit of beach holiday with Jade and the kids while Rami studies for his orals.
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The day began… you guessed it, late once again!
However today was going to be a very relaxing day anyway so there wasn’t anything to worry about. We packed our stuff very quickly – since I was the lightest packer it took me no time and I could help the rest of the familia get going.
We checked out at around 10:30 and took off to our hike called Limberlost; it was an extremely easy walk since the trail was suited for people in wheel chairs it just a walk and no one minded Shvo running ahead.
Again we roughed it by peeing in the bushes – not as much poison ivy this time around, but still roughing it.
I don’t know why, but I really love that sort of thing, trying to find a secluded place and go about your business… makes you feel real at one with world.
Not to mention you’re providing natural essences to the forest which is never bad.
It was a loop so we followed the path and returned safe and sound to the Leviathan.
It was around one-ish when we finished our walk and we piled ourselves back into the Chevy Monster and took off towards the exit of the park.

My friends from that moment everything that could go wrong… went to hell.
Mr. Murphy was a very happy-chappy that day.
Car sickness? Check, luckily it was mainly water so I didn’t stink up the car.
Fighting? Check, I believe there was so much snapping we could have been Alligators in the sewer if we just went down onto our bellied.
Numerous pit stops? Check, check and check!
Road trips are pretty much all about the pit stops!

However, before we actually headed (we arrived in Philly at 22:00) and it was a hot, muggy, night. We went to Luray Caverns, which are very deep caverns filled with lime formation. “Stalactites hold on tightly, Stalagmites rise up mightily”, which is what I taught Shvo so that he could remember what came up from the ceiling and what came up from the floor.
And it was truly amazing, though the artificial lights helped the algae grow where they’re not supposed to in the caverns, and the paved floor inhibits the growth of new Stalagmites, it was very pretty, but the commercialization of the caverns for the town was pretty disgusting.
I’ve noticed that in America, everything has to be the Most, the Biggest, the Best etc.
There is no sense of humility in this country which is sad, since it has such a beautiful natural habitat.
It’s being destroyed by the people.
The caverns are deteriorating because of the over exposure of humanity.
Am I hypocrite for saying these things and visiting these places? Perhaps. But I am aware of the damage that I do and I felt the pain of the Earth while I was in those caverns and the dry, powdery formation that would never change when they should have.

I am a spiritual person, I feel the Earth is more than just a planet on which we live and that Humans have an intelligence they abuse and use to abuse in return.
On this trip I thought I would see the people of this land love this country as They often profess they do.
And while I enjoyed myself to a certain degree, I was mainly preoccupied with my family and I felt I didn’t get in touch with myself and Nature as much as I wanted.
What I didn’t notice was how out of touch humanity is here to nature, how utterly and totally the beauty of this land is being exploited, it’s not that much different in other places, but I felt it here in a way I never felt at home.
Some of my like minded friends have asked me how America is in terms of spirit and soul is compared to Israel.
Frankly, America’s Natural spirit is very, very sick.
It saddens me that I contributed to it.
It was fun holiday, but for my own reasons I was sanded by it.

America is beautiful, but in a way a model smiles to a camera.
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Began late.
We were all so exhausted from the traveling we basically just died in our beds and woke up with the kiddies, which was about 07:00 AM, the parental units were kind enough to let me sleep ‘till around eightish.
I awoke to the lovely sound of birds and wind, quite calming and I began to help get ready for the morning hike.
And with a few minor crisis’s over the morning, by 10:00 we actually left the rooms and were out towards to hiking spot.
The hike was a moderate one with many high and lows and lots of greenery, as you’ll see from the pictures.
It was called South Falls and I had forgotten what fun it is to hike in nature, though the whole place was very artificial, so many people, but then again you it was a National Holiday and all of the Eastern USA was there, so it wasn’t very surprising.
A nice surprise was a group of Israelis (with obnoxious kids) was there on the same hike as well.
I have to say that traveling with young children is extremely difficult, I mean, the majority of the packing was just for them! Also the numerous stopping because Shvo was curious about everything (unsurprising, being the little urban child that he is) and Libby who was cooped in the back carrier and was in need of a feed quite often.
Did I mention childfree?
But seriously it was fun just to be in a place I’d never been before, in a place where things were actually natural.
There was a stream and slippery rocks; the water was gorgeous and freezing! Shvo didn’t feel the cold, but I felt as if my toes were steaming and freezing.
Seriously, the water was so cold it hurt.
The way back to the parking lot (where our monster lay in wait) was very, very hard.
Since the Park is on the side of a mountain practically all the hikes begin at a summit and lead down, meaning you gotta climb up to get back where you started.
In addition to the heat, humidity and mass of civilization in this very tames wilderness, there was a whole lot of poison ivy.
Why is this important?
You try finding a place to pee where you can actually crouch, but poison ivy is in the way. I was lucky enough to find a rock with a ditch behind where the ivy was absent.
So there was a little bit of roughing, I had forgotten how nice it is to let out the call of nature, in nature.
I’m not being sarcastic my friends; dead seriousness.
Once we finished the hike and had our lovely lunch we headed back the Behemoth and went for a nice relaxing drive along the Skyland drive, which is the road that goes from one end of the Park to the other, we only drove for a short section, stopping at numerous observation points which were beautiful.
Oh, I forgot to mention we had the greatest views from our balconies in our rooms, also amazing, sunsets over the Blue Ridge Mountains, I was in awe.
I’m in awe just thinking about it.
Our world is a beautiful, taken-for-granted place.
I suppose you can tell from the tone of my accounts that I was a little sad throughout the Vacation; mainly because there were too many people who I don’t believe really appreciated the place they were in and because Shenandoah is such commercialized place and most of it was artificially made – I mean the trails were actual trails.
There were Dears (beautiful, sweet innocent dears) crossing roads to lodges and a Cotton Mouth snake that inspired a poem I’ll publish here, once it’s fixed up a little, the snake was being observed by people who were stomping their feet trying to make it move – stupidity, when you see a snake you go quite and leave it alone!

It was about six o’clock when we got back to our rooms and we showered and got ready to eat at the resorts restaurant. Shvo and I spent a lot of quality time together at the play ground… I hate other people’s children all they do is get in the way, but Shvo warmed up to them and he ended up having a lot of fun.

The food was okay, getting back to the room and eating cookies from Trader Joe’s was better.
Went to sleep pretty late, but the Maxwell House coffee was worth it 
End of day two.
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My Memorial Day weekend began on Saturday morning, well you could say it was Friday night, but since it was 01:00 in the am it was Saturday. That was when we finished packing, well I finished packing a few hours before, since I was only packing for myself and I’m a pretty light packer when I don’t need to bring a towel, hair products and it’s only a three day sojourn away from home.
We got up when we had planned to leave (that’d be 06:00) we managed to leave the house at 07:20 and even stop at High Point for coffee and we began heading west towards Virginia.
God it’s far.
I slept very well for two and a half hours, waking up for a much needed pit stop, bathrooms, breakfast and the stretching of legs was quite nice.
Apparently I slept so well the suit case left dent marks all over my face (if I were to get lost one would be able to tell who I belonged to because they’d recognize the luggage).
We went onwards, and arrived to our first real holiday stop. I hope no one minds me skipping the complete denouncing of my principles, we ate lunch at Burger King, but at least I wasn’t forced to remain in the car, which is what would have happened if we opted to eat at McDonalds.
The Vegetarian Option is looking better and better everyday.
The holiday stop was the field of the Battle of New Market.
A Civil War monument.
Why is this important to a slightly mocking 21st century 21 year old woman?
Because of these - Scarlet O’Hara, Rhett Butler, Margaret Mitchell.
You got it – “Gone With the Wind”.
The Bible of my family, and while my spiritual guide is the decisively Northern “Little Women”, there is something about the Southern perspective that is overlooked, how the drastic social change affected them, more than just the abolitionism, having read “Gone With the Wind” a few times and seen the movie it is hard not to feel the pain and the blood in New Market field. It was the also known as the Field of Lost Shoes.
Explanation unneeded.
So Jade and I were kinda weepy.
We looked around the much commercialized museum and continued on to Shenandoah National Park. A windy road it was to get to the Skyland resort, but we arrived in one piece and without much fuss.
The rooms were exactly like the rooms one would find in a regular hotel, roughing it we were not.
That was what basically happened on the first day. A hella of a lot of driving, a little sight seeing and arriving at our resort.
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The Yanks have their Memorial Day this week, making this weekend a long one (Sat-Mon).
The Familia and I are off to Shenandoah Valley is Virginia.
I will not be able to read posts or receive any emails during the weekend.
So it's not the lack of love that will keep me from commenting.

I'll post a whole long post about the weekend.

That's also the reason I drove today, we had to go to the Air Port in order to hire a Leviathan a.k.a. A Chevrolet Mini Van.

Just for scope I can stand in the car with my legs straight and by back only slightly bent.

That isn't a car.
That's a monstrosity!

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on me...an adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.

*KABOOM!*

-"V for Vendetta"

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