Lebanon is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been to. If you’re curious about the Middle East, but you want a little modern flair, I recommend Lebanon, especially Beirut. The people are wonderful, the food was fantastic, and there was a plethora of sites to visit. Here are some of the highlights from my trip. Taking the Telefèric up the mountain to see … Continue reading Have you been to Lebanon?
I traveled to Egypt in the fall of 2016 to celebrate my 30th birthday. Due to the travel advisory warnings, we were some of the only tourists there. I never felt unsafe though. The people were so wonderful and welcoming. Of course, the Great Pyramids of Giza was one of the most incredible sites I’ve ever been to. Being up close to them is surreal. … Continue reading My 2016 Trip to Egypt
Reminiscing this evening and looking back on my travels seems like forever ago. It’s hard to believe I was ever overseas. I’ve been in touch with my friends abroad and it sounds like everyone’s doing okay. What a scary time to be in another country. That being said, I always felt safer living in Saudi Arabia than I do living in the United States. Maybe … Continue reading Day 35: I miss my expat life, but I’m glad I’m home!
In the fall of 2016, I spent a day in Turkey. I wish I had taken more pictures and not rushed through this trip, but this was a good lesson in taking my time. Here are a few highlights from my trip! My favorite site was the Bosphorus Straight. The water here is just so blue and beautiful! This trip went by way … Continue reading A Day in Turkey
In 2016, I went on an incredible trip for my 30th birthday, and I learned a valuable lesson about trusting people. My trip started out from Qatar to Oman and from Oman I made one stop off in Kuwait before going to Egypt. Many people asked me why I bothered to go to Kuwait and I can understand why. It’s not what you’d call a … Continue reading Help from a Stranger: A Day in Kuwait
I wonder when we’ll be able to travel again. Sometimes it feels like this lock down is going to last forever, but I keep trying to remind myself this is all temporary. It’s been a long time since my trip to Qatar, but it’s still fresh in my mind as a beautiful getaway in the Middle East. Despite the current political turmoil, Qatar continues to … Continue reading Day 48: Reminiscing about My Traveling Days (Qatar)
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
Since arriving in the Middle East it’s been a goal of mine to go to an Arab wedding. I had heard they’re huge, exciting, and go on all night. I finally got my opportunity when a friend from Yemen mentioned a friend of a friend of his sister’s friend was having a wedding. I asked if he knew the bride or groom and whether or … Continue reading My First Arab Wedding
When I started my teaching job in Saudi Arabia, one of the first things I did was go to the dentist. I knew I had at least one cavity, but it never occurred to me that I’d have seven. I was horrified when the dentist told me. He asked me why I hadn’t gotten them fixed. I told him I couldn’t afford to get it … Continue reading How I Saved Hundreds by Getting Dental Work Abroad
I had wanted to get eye surgery for years, but I told myself to pay off debts first and really do my research. So after paying off the student loans and credit card debt, I decided now was the time to get my vision corrected. I thought I could save some money getting the surgery abroad, but I still made sure to thoroughly research the … Continue reading Getting Eye Surgery in the Middle East