Hungry for Travel Adventures?

I always dreamed of seeing the world with my own two eyes. And now that I am so blessed to be able to see so many places, I want to share them with you!

If you’re hungry for a good travel adventure, then let’s go taste and see amazing places and food!

Traveling the world there’s a lot to see and a lot to learn. Ever since I was 8 or 9 years old, I have so longed to escape the ordinary and see the world. But it didn’t happen instantaneously. In fact, it seemed like it would never happen for me when I found myself working my way through college in my hometown. But through a series of events and a lot of growing up, I got the experience of a lifetime to travel the world via ship for graduate school (that’s a whole other story, so stay tuned for that one).

As a cook and a writer, long ago I combined those passions to start creating cooking videos. After experiencing rejection through auditioning for cooking shows, pitching pilot episodes through production studios and studying more and more about food I thought for a long time that I would just keep it as a dream within me.

But through the encouragement of my husband, on January 20, 2018 I started a YouTube channel as a place to publish and share my cooking tutorials and videos. I was humbled when people started subscribing and watching the videos and even more humbled when they cooked my recipes. I gave myself a goal of 50 published cooking videos in 6 months and I met this goal in about 4 months. Simultaneously, I was studying Turkish cooking at a Turkish culinary school (all in Turkish language) and I felt so amazing blessed to be able to spend so much time doing what I love.

This year, I have continued to expand on what I love by creating travel videos. Some of them are food focused travel videos and others are simply about places to see. My goal, is to create content that is entertaining, educational and informative. I want to take people along to see places and experience things that they may never see or do. For so long I appreciated cooking and travel videos as an outsider but now I appreciate them as an “insider.”

So why am I sharing all of this? Not only do I want to share my travels with you, yes YOU. But I also want to encourage you. If you’ve got special dreams hidden within your heart and you wonder, “how on earth will these dreams ever come true”? Don’t stop dreaming and don’t stop working hard. MANY people will not understand your dream. I can’t tell you how many people don’t understand my dreams but you know what? They don’t have to. Don’t let others discourage you but keep doing good work and learning and you’re going to see growth and change in some form.

If you’re hungry for a good travel adventure, then check out my travel videos. Let me know what you think.

Travels to Israel: The Garden of Gethsemane & Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)

Although it is said that the exact location of the Garden of Gethsemane is unknown, there are many reasons that point to this location being the most likely location of where it would have been.

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     The Garden of Gethsemane was full of olive trees and the literal translation actually means “olive press.” The olives that were harvested from this garden were pressed to make olive oil that was of such high quality that it was reserved for kings. Is it any wonder that this is where Jesus was praying the night before His crucifixion? He was about to be pressed like these olives for the sins of all mankind.
     Today, if you choose to visit the Garden of Gethsemane (which I highly recommend if you are visiting Jerusalem, it is worth it), then you will still find a garden of olive trees* that are indeed thousands of years old.
     There is also a church called the “Church of All Nations” or Basilica of the Agony. It is absolutely stunning. From the outside, the large columns protrude from the building and a large colorful painting covers the top front part of the church building. You can look up at it but I definitely recommend crossing the street to get a better view.
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The church photo taken from across the street.
    At the entrance, there is a sculpture of an olive tree constructed from iron that you can’t miss as you enter the church. As I walked in the church I was in awe of the beautiful purple stained glass windows, the colorful array of mosaics and the massive dome that is the canvas to even more elaborate paintings.
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    The church is dark inside for the purpose of remembering that this is the Garden of Gethsemane. It was here that Jesus prayed in such deep sorrow before He was handed over to be crucified. The Word describes it best.

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!” Matthew 26:36-46

     This was definitely worth visiting and I am so grateful that I got to visit it in person. If you have the opportunity and you’re interested, I would definitely add this as a place to visit.
*Factoid: olive trees can live and produce fruit for literally thousands of years. Ponder: could some of these trees been the same trees that existed when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane.