Ever Closer

My colleague, Mark, visited Peru some time around 2013. When he returned from his trip, he brought back souvenirs, one of which was a t-shirt from Cusco. I thought it very cool that he was generous enough to give me that t-shirt. Also, I didn’t know it, but his gift sparked in me the desire…

Breakfast in Cuba

In 2017, I visited Cuba twice and stayed with the same family both times. I paid to stay with them. This is a customary practice in Cuba. Homes that rent rooms to guests are called ‘casa particulares’. For an extra fee I was served breakfast each morning that included fresh fruit, eggs and cheese, bread,…

By Far, 2017…

By far my most adventurous year to date has been 2017. I traveled to 17 new countries that year. Here’s a look back on the people I met and the places I visited. Sadly, I also lost my cousin that year.

The Grand Mosque

Abu Dhabi is a city-state apart of the United Arab Emirates. Prior to 1971, Abu Dhabi was a country unto itself. Today, Abu Dhabi is among seven countries that were once independent but now fall within United Arab Emirates (UAE). I have visited ancient mosques in Spain and have seen the Moorish castles of Portugal….

Qatar

One weekend in 2017 I visited Qatar. What I found surprised and wowed my senses. Here are some photos from that experience.

Oh-Man! Oman Was Cool.

Yup! Oman was cool because the culture and people were unlike any I had encountered in the Middle East. Coming from the most conservative country in the region, Saudi Arabia, I was surprised to find a Muslim country that did not require its citizens follow strict rules of conduct. Long Name:Sultanate of Oman Location:Middle East…

Colombo by Tuk Tuks

Sri Lanka — December 22 – 29, 2017 My last journey in 2017 found me in Colombo — the capital of Sri Lanka. I was there to enjoy some time off from work, and visit friends Damith and Craig. To wrap my head around the journey I watched Anthony Bourdain’s Sri Lankan episode of Parts…

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…