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?
Another recycled post from last winter when I was struggling to find a way to keep my bus warm. Funny how these things don’t cross your mind when it’s 90 degrees outside. Okay, so winter is here. And once again, we got virtually no fall. It was nearly 80 degrees outside a few days ago, and now it’s barely 50. As a life-long Midwesterner, you’d … Continue reading Day 90: How the heck am I going to keep my bus warm?
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
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)
After hearing all the hype about Dubai from my Saudi students, I decided to bite the bullet and take a trip to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. I went during the Eid break, so naturally, it was full of tourists, but I’m under the impression, it’s probably like this all the time. Dubai is very much what I expected: expensive, extravagant, and exciting. … Continue reading My Week in Dubai
I love the expat life. You meet a lot of interesting people and you get to go to a lot of interesting places, but there are things back home I miss. I miss my independence. I miss seasons. And I especially miss gardening. I’m from the Midwest and gardening was a big part of my life. And I’ve wondered, why don’t more people try to … Continue reading Gardening in the Middle East
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
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