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… Read More

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

International Rip-offs: Ethiopia

To date I have traveled to four African countries and the east African island of Zanzibar. I am happy to report that I had a wonderful time in each country. I am dismayed by the fact that I have to report that I was ripped off in one of those countries. Sure, you can blame… Read More

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… Read More

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…. Read More