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Ojai, CA Getaway

One of the best thing about living in LA is getting out of the city for weekend getaways. There are so many great places only a few hours from the city, and it’s a great contrast traveling from the concrete jungle to the beautiful mountains that surround us! This past weekend we drove to Ojai, CA, and had an amazing and relaxing weekend in this cute little town. We definitely recommend taking the short hour and a half trek to Ojai from Los Angeles and want to highlight some things you must do while there.

Highlights from our  trip:

Boat ride on lake Casitas

Wine tasting at a few local wineries

Barts outdoor bookstore

Beautiful lookout and hike at meditation mount

The Food! Many of the restaurants served only local and organic ingredients and we highly recommend Farmer and the cook and The hip Vegan. Both places have the most amazing chai tea (fyi)

Shopping in downtown Ojai

Ojai has some great festivals too, check out the community calendar and pick a time to visit!


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Weekend Getaway, Julian CA

If you live in Los Angeles and are looking for a quick vacation out of the city you need to check out Julian, CA.

Many people have never heard of this little historical town in San Diego County surrounded by apple orchards and vineyards.

There are many private cabins available to rent in the mountains near town, and the village is filled with antique stores, galleries, and bakeries serving fresh apple pie!

The cabin that we rented was called Eden Paradise Retreat, definitely recommend going here. The price was very reasonable to rent the cabin for the weekend, we showed up to  fresh baked pie and cider,  and the view was breathtaking!

If you would like to check out the cabin, click here.


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LE CHAT DU RABBIN (The Rabbi’s Cat)

Last night we went to see an amazing animated film at the Cinematheque in Jerusalem, we highly recommend  it! The film is called Le chat du Rabbin, it is in French and Arabic with English subtitles. If you are in Jerusalem here is the link to the film. 

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First night of Hanukkah in Jerusalem….Chag Sameach!

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Run!Above is a piece of original artwork done by the talented Heather Albini for the song “Run” from our latest album “Last Forest In The City.” Check out the rest of Heather’s artwork on the new record!

The song Run is about breaking free and the initial fleeing from mental, spiritual and physical oppression. It was inspired by the age old yet still relevant for today story of Joseph running from Potiphar’s wife who tried to seduce him. To obey her and sleep with her as she demanded, meant the demise of his mind, body and soul. Although he was later imprisoned because Potiphar’s wife accused him of trying to rape her due to her shame of actually not getting her way and being rejected, Joseph’s hand was made strong (Redemption Song – Marley Mar!) and The Almighty raised him up to rule over all Egypt which in turn later saved his father and brothers during the famine. The point of the song is that freedom is far more than just fleeing from physical bars and chains, its starts within our selves and sometimes our biggest oppressor is deep within us, but there is ALWAYS hope! Maran atah!

RUN! (from “Last Forest In The City”)
by: Roman&Alaina
written by: R.L. Wood
2011©LaVoy Music/Ascap

Run boy run for that door,
You woke up and your oppressor knows
Hear the generation calling your name
Get up off your cold desert floor.
Run girl run for that gate
Your deceiver seeks to sift you like wheat
Hear the unborn children crying your name
Say no more will your valor be torn
and run…run…run..run!

Today someone lost their home, with their soul and spine gained aberrated toys and induced senseless noise and the Pharaoh of the world entices you to stay as he beautifies your cage.
Dawns you and wrongs you in the finest whips and chains
Gold plated anesthetic for the poor soul in pain
when will we ever heed the still small voice so faint
that calls by name and deeply screams…run…run.
Run boy run for that, run girl run for that, run boy run for that, run girl for for that


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Below is a list of what I packed for a 7 week trip to Israel, November 6th to December 25th. We read up on some other blogs about packing as light as possible, so I packed everything into a 42 liter Deuter bag.

4 Pairs of pants, super light and thin, khaki, corduroy, and Columbia cargo’s/shorts.
4 Long sleeve button shirts (light thin cotton)
6 Pairs of fast drying socks.
6 Pairs of fast drying boxer briefs
5 Cotton t-shirts
2 Thermal long sleeve shirts
1 Leather belt
2 Shorts  (1 of them swimming trunks)
1 LED hand generated flashlight
Cocoon mummy sack
Grand Trunk Towel
DHE (Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels)
Koren Siddur
Hebrew conversation guide
Tallit and tefillin
Stainless steel water bottle
2″x6″ toiletry bag (toothbrush, deodorant, all purpose Bronner’s soap, nail clippers, sunscreen, lotion, hand washing detergent)
Martin Backpacker Guitar
Sony Digital Camera
Electrical socket converter
Israel map, Jerusalem city map
iPhone 4 (using the WiFi)
Merrel waterproof/thermal jacket
All purpose shoe, water ready and hiking ready, North Face.
Passport pouch
Small first aid kit

So this is everything I packed, it may be too much or too little, this is our first time traveling this long on foot, so we shall see after the trip. If you are a backpacker please let us know your thoughts! Sing, travel and pray hard!

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