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…

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…

Home Ec 101

Over a week ago my sister and her family visited me. We spent some time together in Korea and then Japan. I had decided before their arrival to end my adventure in Korea and return home with them. And now we are all in Los Angeles. I have been adjusting to my temporary living arrangements, i.e., back…

Hollywood Sign

I wanted to add a notch to my achievement belt. Hiking to the seemingly elusive Hollywood sign would do the trick. From the front porch of my mom and dad’s home I could see the sign. It teased me. I had flown across the Pacific Ocean, but I hadn’t ventured very far in my hometown….