International Ripoffs — The Philippines & Turkey

i To date, I have traveled to six Asian countries and the islands of Jeju and Taiwan. In this edition of International Ripoffs I will retell my experiences in China, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. It got real in all those countries. The Set Ups China — a helpful man approaches the mark and… Read More

Turkey Facts

Long Name: Republic of Turkey Location: Southeastern Europe and Southwestern Asia Area (in sq km): 783562 Capital: Ankara Agricultural Products: tobacco, cotton, grain, olives, sugar beets, hazelnuts, pulses, citrus; livestock Demonym: Turk(s) Agricultural Labor Force %: 25.5 Religions: Muslim (mostly Sunni) Industrial Labor Force %: 26.2 Service Labor Force %: 48.4 Languages: Turkish, Kurdish, other… Read More

About My First Few Hours in Turkey

A rental car should be clean and fully functional especially if the car is described as “new.” It was 2016 and the car I rented was a 2016 model so I expected it to be in very good if not excellent condition with all modern accoutrements available for use. Although the 2016 model Fiat I rented looked… Read More

Risky Christmas: Midnight Express Edition

Although I work for an American company, in Saudi Arabia, our staff must still comply with the Saudi ways of business. Christmas in Saudi Arabia is forbidden as it is not an Islamic celebration. Luckily, the Saudis granted us the day off. Excited about the possibilities,  I jumped at the opportunity to plan a trip… Read More