2017 … So Far

I had been working in Dammam, Saudi Arabia since August 2016. I hadn’t been to the capital city, Riyadh, yet. However, things soon changed for me. Dammam is only a thirty minute car ride from Bahrain. On weekends I made my way to Bahrain’s capital city, Manama.

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A display at a local mall in Manama, Bahrain (7-January-2017)
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The view through the sunroof of my rental car taken while driving in Manama, Bahrain (7-January-2017)

 

In late January I took a trip to the Edge of The World. This locale is in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Edge of The World, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (20-January-2017)

When February rolled around, I made my way to Japan via Philippines Airlines. I had a 24 hour layover in the capital city, Manila, before I arrived in the lovely city of Fukuoka. The ride to Manila via Philippines Airlines was uncomfortable to say the least even if it was cheap.

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Manila, Philippines (27-January-2017)

Fukuoka, Japan (2017)

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View from inside Goodie’s Soul and R&B bar in Fukuoka, Japan (29-January-2017)

 

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Photo of Samurai Gelato in Tenjin, Fukuoka, Japan (29-January-2017)

Soon after arriving in Fukuoka, I made my way to Kokura, Japan. There I found hot springs!

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Hot springs at Kokura, Japan (31-January-2017)

I fly back to the Saudi Arabia via the Philippines.

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En route to Saudi Arabia via the Philippines (3-February-2017)

Besides seeing the sun from the sky, the sun can be seen well in all its glory in Saudi Arabia.

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This is a gorgeous sun and sky scape taken on 6-February-2017.

I grew anxious to travel a couple of weeks following my trip to Japan. I planned two trips to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in consecutive weekends. Starting on 17-February-2017 I flew to Abu Dhabi.

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From my hotel I had a clear view of the mosque at prayer time. Taken on 17-February-2017.
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Abu Dhabi is home to the largest mosque in the world. I made sure to pay it a visit before leaving. (18-February-2017)

The following week I found myself in Doha, Qatar.

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There was a festival going on and I caught a glimpse of a Qatari performance (February 2017).
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At the local souq (market) there are horses, falcons, and gold merchants. (February 2017)

I spent a few weeks in Saudi Arabia before hitting the skies again. This time I was headed to Africa for the first time to spend eight days. My destination of choice was Ethiopia.

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Addis Ababa
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Lake Tana at Bahir Dar
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Gondar #1
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Gondar #2
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Lalibela
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Axum

After Africa, I returned to Saudi Arabia for another month and a half to work before I would travel again. Unbeknownst to me, I was sent to San Antonio, Texas where I received training at Lackland Air Force base for my job. I spent one week in San Antonio. I had a six hour layover in Frankfurt, Germany before I arrived in Texas.

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Frankfurt Airport
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SR-71 at Lackland AFB, San Antonio

After returning from San Antonio, I spent the next few weeks teaching. It was only about six weeks before I hit the road again. This time I would fly half way round the world.

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My Journey

I flew from Dammam to London. Then I flew nonstop to Los Angeles International Airport from London Heathrow airport. Thereafter, I flew to Mexico City where I spent four days. Then, I flew to Havana, Cuba where I spent another four days. Then, I returned to Mexico City to prepare for my trip to Peru. To get to Peru, I had to first fly through Panama. After I arrived in Peru, I remained there for just under four weeks. While there I visited the cities of Chincha, Cusco, and Machu Picchu Pueblo. I returned via a similar route. The black line delineates my flight trajectories.

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London
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Los Angeles
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The Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan in Mexico City
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Cuba Street in Havana
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Hallway of Hacienda San Jose, Chincha, Peru
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The Moon over Cusco
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Plaza de Armas, Cusco
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Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu
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Barranco, Lima
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Las Vegas
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Las Vegas

After all was said and done, I was back on a plane headed to the desert, Saudi Arabia.

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In my seat

Then after several weeks, I was back on the plane en route back to Cuba. However, this time I visited Varadero Beach and continued to document what I saw.

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I stayed with the same family I stayed with in my previous trip. Sadly, just after I left Cuba, Hurricane Irma hit the island’s northern coast including Havana.

After a couple of weeks in Saudi Arabia, my company announced that Saudi National Day would be a holiday. I took advantage of the rare three-day weekend and made my way to Cairo, Egypt.

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On November 24, I flew to Muscat, Oman to hang with friends — new and old. We spent the day on the beach. Including Oman, I have visited the United Arab Emirates, Suadi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar — all of which are GCC members. I have only Kuwait to visit and I can say that I have been to all GCC countries. Though I doubt I will complete that feat this year as my next journey is to Sri Lanka and possibly Thailand before this year ends.

Muscat, Oman
Muscat, Oman

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