About Oman

In the Sultanate of Oman, marketing seems more progressive than what I remember it being back in the United States. For instance, natural hairstyles are controversial in the US so it wasn’t always that models sporting natural hair were visible. However, in Oman, that’s not the case. Surely, there seems to be an abundance of…

Facing The North

I’m confused. Is The North Face a brand for Republicans? I typically see them wearing their jackets. Meanwhile, after I did some research online I was shocked to find that The North Face promotes a radically different idea than those posited by the Republican party. Impressions of Korea I arrived in Korea in March of…

Alcohol, Food & Beverage, & The Internet

South Korea Once I lived in South Korea where I enjoyed high speed internet, a plethora of Korean food options, and copious amounts of alcohol available almost anywhere. Even the national alcoholic beverage, Soju, was advertised at the theater. This was surprising as this would not fly in the United States. I miss the soups…

Bahla Fort

Walking the grounds of Bahla Fort I imagined myself among throngs of Muslim rich and poor who lived within its walls. Each room I entered I imagined a merchant, server, or family communing. I also imagined the rooms filled with goods for sale, or housing supplies. The many twists and turns inspired my inner child…

The “New” Ballad of Al Farid Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta was a 14th century traveler who was born in Tangiers, Morocco — a destination Al Farid visited last year. The significance of that visit was lost on him at that time. With his new awareness of the historical significance if that trip, he has come to identify with the legendary traveler, Ibn Battuta….

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.

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…