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.

A display at a local mall in Manama, Bahrain (7-January-2017)
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.

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.

Manila, Philippines (27-January-2017)

Fukuoka, Japan (2017)

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


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!

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

I fly back to the Saudi Arabia via the Philippines.

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.

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.

From my hotel I had a clear view of the mosque at prayer time. Taken on 17-February-2017.
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.

There was a festival going on and I caught a glimpse of a Qatari performance (February 2017).
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.

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

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.

Frankfurt Airport
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.

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.

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

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

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.


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.


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


Finally, I went to Sri Lanka to enjoy a week long vacation. I met with Damith and Craig and rode Tuk Tuks around the city. This year is in the books. It was fascinating and adventurous. I plan to set my sights on saving money rather than stacking up frequent flyer miles.

Colombo, Sri Lanka


My trustworthy Tuk Tuk driver

Leave a Reply