What a Way to End The Year

With only a couple of weeks left in the year it’s time to reveal the cover of my yearbook. This photo was taken in Havana by Imani during my first trip to Cuba in June of 2017. Inside this yearbook includes articles on my journeys through Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, and Japan. The yearbook…

I Forgot Where I Am

Saudi Arabia is unique in that it currently restricts women from driving, and limits their movement in public places without a male custodian. In Saudi Arabia, usually at prayer time stores close their doors and draw the blinds and cease operation. Restaurants, however, allow diners to eat, but they stop taking orders and serving food….

Despite the American Embargo

Despite the American Embargo against Cuba, I went to Cuba this year, twice. The embargo has little to do with me, and Cubans seemed to care less about the things their government and my government do. Cuban ingenuity and tenacity shined through on my visit and I felt welcomed and very safe walking the streets…

The Embassy?

I was standing across the street from the US Embassy filming a time-lapse video of the sunrise. A police officer approached me after he observing me over the course of about ten minutes. He asked to see my passport, which I surrendered and he radioed my number to another officer on the other end of…

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.   In late January I took a trip…

Cusco

The night I arrived in Cusco, the moon hung lonely in the sky. I was so talen by the view that I asked the taxi driver to pull over so that I could take a photo. I am glad I did. 

Old Havana

Old Havana is better maintained than the rest of Havana. I was confused as to why it was called ‘old’ Havana because much of the rest of Havana is in dire need of attention and looks much older.  I found the dark skinned women who smoke large cigars, who are emblematic of Cuba. I found…

Support for The Cuban People

During my stay in Cuba, I slept in a room at a home in Havana that was clean and well equipped with A/C and a fan. There was also a refrigerator stocked with six bottles of water which due to the heat I drank swiftly over my first couple of days. Breakfast was provided for…