Category Archives: Travel Tips

Irene’s tips on travel

How to Enjoy Denmark: Suggestions from a Globe-Trotter

Choosing Your Hotel in Denmark Capital Copenhagen If you are going to take some one-day trips, you might want to stay, like we did, near the train station. I suggest a small gem of a hotel: Axel Guldsmeden. It is a … Continue reading

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Free Lecture: Cuba: The Land, the People, the Arts

Irene Shaland Presents her Lecture, Cuba: the Land, the People, the Arts – 60 years after Castro’s Revolution at the AAWR on November 18 at 1 PM When:  Saturday            November 18th 2017                       1:00 PM Where:  AAWR 1834 East  123rd Street  Cleveland OH 44106 … Continue reading

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Exploring Thailand

Exploring Thailand away from the tourist crowds Bangkok Thai Theater To all theater lovers, I always recommend not to be missed  “real” performance when in Bangkok, and by real I mean those that are shown to non-tourists, outside of buses … Continue reading

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Irene Shaland’s Cuba article published by Mosaic magazine

Irene Shaland’s Cuba article  The Island within an Island: The Cuban Jewish Story of Survival was published on August 22nd by the Sephardi Ideas Monthly, a magazine of the American Sephardic Federation and Center for Jewish History Research of New … Continue reading

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Celebrating a Milestone Anniversary inside the Enchanted Fig Tree of Australia

Alex and I have traveled to nearly 70 countries. We celebrated our birthdays and anniversaries in places like a street corner café on Easter Island, tiny seafood restaurant in Cochi, Kerala,  a second century BC villa –turned Renaissance palace-turned art … Continue reading

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Where to Stay on Kangaroo Island, Australia: the Sea Dragon Lodge is an Excellent Choice

Since childhood, I always wanted to live among the animals of Australia – even if for a few days only. And this was how the Kangaroo Island, a small dot in the Indian Ocean, materialized first in my imagination, and … Continue reading

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Going to Iceland? We recommend this book

Iceland Going to Iceland on vacation or business?  Take a look at this Insight Guides Iceland. This book is a great trip companion. Invaluable for trip planning and once you arrived, for exploring. Lots of historical and current information and … Continue reading

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Hotel Borg of Reykjavik Exemplifies the Very Best of Iceland

We went to Iceland in November seeking the land of fire and ice, volcanoes and glaciers. We imagined endless days of complete darkness and the magic of dancing lights in the Arctic sky. We expected the sub-zero temperatures and winter … Continue reading

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Chasing the Elusive Northern Lights in Iceland

by Alex Shaland All visitors to Iceland fall into two distinctive categories: those who saw the northern lights and those who did not. When Irene set her trip target on Iceland, she was determined to place herself, our daughter, and … Continue reading

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Irene Shaland’s Lecture Face-to-Face with Africa Presented at the Detroit Public Library on September 12, 2015

The Social Science, Education & Religion Department of the Detroit Public Library invited Irene Shaland to present her popular lecture “Face-to-Face with Africa.” Irene shared her personal stories she discovered in Africa. This mysterious continent remains as one of the … Continue reading

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