I love Rick Steves the travel guy. I love his philosophy of traveling, I love his travel guides and the cool "extras" he provides. HOWEVER--my PBS station puts his shows on at VERY random times--late at night, etc.
Plus--I hardly ever have control of the remote (that's a joke--remote, control--yeah,sigh, lame, I know!)
ANYWAY, a few weeks ago, somehow, I stumbled across the broadcast of his new show on Iran. OOOH!
Now you must realize that there are VERY few places in the world I would not travel to, if given the opportunity. (Maybe Florida in the middle of summer [palmetto bugs--cringe!] or Antartica in the winter, but even then, I'd think about it!)
The Middle East has always fascinated me. I always wondered about the Cedars of Lebanon that King Solomon used to build the temple. Did he use them all, so they became extinct? (I found out the answer when I lived in California as a missionary for my church--I had awesome Lebanese neighbors, who showed me pictures of the cedars--they are NOT extinct, they are beautiful, thank you very much!) I also had Iranian/Persian neighbors, so I lost the American idea that we are "different" or "enemies"--all of them were great people, who I respected very much.
I love the idea of living in a place with over three thousand years of written, recorded history. (Plus anyplace that has a Bazaar that old HAS to be cool! OOOOH! Bazaars! Full of FABRIC! And FIBER! And GOLD & SILVER! And RUGS (and the more I learn about weaving, the cooler THEY get!)OOOH! OOOOH! OOOH!
So--watching a show on Iran (the Persia of the Bible) one of the largest empires of history was fascinating! Rick walked in King Xerxes temple ruins, where Esther, one of my personal heroes, actually lived! WHOA!! I loved this episode, so imagine my delight when I found out that:
Rick is offering this FABBITY-FAB-FAB-FAB offer! The DVD's are usually $19.95+shipping (and worth it), but he is offering this one to groups for $5--with NO SHIPPING! 5 BUCKS! That's it! Here is the link for the order form. The offer is only valid until March 31, 2009, so HURRY!