Day 25: Stop the Spread of Sinophobia!

I’ve been seeing a lot of hate speech toward China lately. I hate that it’s 2020 and we still have to constantly combat racism. In another post, I discussed my conflicting views of mission work and how they seem to me to be nothing more than modern-day colonialism. This is a follow-up of that idea. It’s a reminder that we are products of our environment. … Continue reading Day 25: Stop the Spread of Sinophobia!

Visit the Maldives While you Still Can!

The Republic of Maldives is a country comprised of 26 atolls in the Arabian Sea. It is a popular tourist destination for those seeking a romantic getaway. I had the great privilege of visiting this wonderful country in the spring of 2016. However, with the threat of global warming only increasing, the opportunity to visit the Maldives may disappear in the next couple of decades. … Continue reading Visit the Maldives While you Still Can!

Cruise #2: Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand

I’m personally not a big fan of cruises, but one of the perks is the ability to visit multiple countries for one price. My second cruise was a trip to Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.  Here are some of the highlights from that trip.     The trip started out in Singapore where we saw some sites and celebrated the new year. While in Singapore we … Continue reading Cruise #2: Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand

Six Weeks in India: Trekking Kashmir

I’ve been to a little over 20 countries now, but the longest, most intense, most exciting trip I’ve taken so far would have to be my trip to India in the summer of 2015. My travel buddies were fellow expats teaching in Saudi Arabia: 2 Americans and 1 Canadian. The plan was to spend 3 weeks hiking in Kashmir with a licensed tour guide and … Continue reading Six Weeks in India: Trekking Kashmir

Living in Saudi Arabia: Expectations vs Reality

I finished my third year in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia a few years ago and it was quite a trip.  I started out at a very stressful vocational school and finished at a much nicer, well-established university.  I had a lot of preconceived ideas about what my time in Saudi Arabia would be like, and I have to tell you, it’s nothing like … Continue reading Living in Saudi Arabia: Expectations vs Reality

Bahrain: The Saudi Playground

Every Thursday afternoon the causeway connecting Bahrain to Saudi Arabia is filled with gridlocked vehicles anxiously making their way to freedom.  They’ll wait for 2 to 4 hours, sometimes more depending on how busy the border is, but even just a day or two of freedom makes the trip worth it. And it’s not just Westerners, unaccustomed to Sharia law that are eager to escape the … Continue reading Bahrain: The Saudi Playground

Education Reform Combats Terrorism in Saudi Arabia

As a teacher recently living in Saudi Arabia, it’s important to me to understand the complex education system and the reasons why I’ve been provided with such a good job here.  After some research this is just some of the information I’ve come across. On September 11th, 2001, nineteen men affiliated with Al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and attacked the United States.  Two planes were flown … Continue reading Education Reform Combats Terrorism in Saudi Arabia

Five Reasons EVERYBODY Should Travel

I was born to travel. I knew from a very young age that I would visit other countries and see the world.  I remember being 13 years old and making a plan that included getting a good job and not having children in order to make my goal of travel more attainable. Well, now I’m 30 years old and I’ve traveled to the Middle East, … Continue reading Five Reasons EVERYBODY Should Travel