Travel

Charming Sharm: Weekend Escape to Sharm el Sheikh

View of Cleopatra from the Pier

Earlier this summer, I took advantage of a four-day weekend to explore a nearby country I had yet to visit — Egypt! As Ramadan comes to an end each year, the Muslim world celebrates Eid Al Fitr — Feast of Breaking the Fast — which marks the end of a month of fasting.  Eid also means a four-day weekend for celebrations.  To take advantage this time off of work, relax, and explore somewhere I hadn’t been before, I headed to…

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A Compassionate Conservative Votes

For months, I’ve been thinking of what I to say about this election.  As the campaign season has gone on (and on), and the rhetoric has become more and more divisive, I’ve retreated…away from the politics and the vitriol seen in the U.S. to focus on my work overseas…on some form of action I can take to make the world a bit better when it seems that all people want to do is fight and bicker. As dawn breaks on…

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July 4th Musing from an American in Amman

I’m not going to lie. I’m a big fan of the U.S.  No matter where I travel in the world or how much I love it,  America will always be my home and the place that I hold most dear in my heart. I love our flag.  I love our holidays.  I love our system of government (even with its many flaws).  I love college football, apple pie, and all that is quintessential America.  I love to rock out to…

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Travel Like a Local: My Favorite Places in Amman

Ahlan wa Sahlan! Welcome to Amman! Wondering what are the top things to do in Amman? Or, want to know what sights you shouldn’t miss? Want to know the best off-the-beaten path places to check out? Or, just interested in the city that I call home? Well, if so, then this post is for you!Home to approximately 4 million, Jordan’s capital city is one you could whirl through in a day or spend weeks exploring and using as a base…

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Cultural Considerations When Traveling to Jordan

So, you coming to Jordan!  Exciting news!  Maybe it’s your first time in the country.  Or maybe it’s your first time in the Middle East. Perhaps you have a lot of questions… How people typically dress in Jordan?   What do women wear in Jordan?   Are people friendly in Jordan?   When do I need to and when do I not need to cover my head?   Are Jordanians welcoming?   Do they like Americans in Jordan? In general, Jordan…

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International Women’s Day 2016 — A Photo Essay

Tuesday, March 8th is International Women’s Day.  It’s a day when we celebrate women around the world.  We celebrate those who have gone before us and forged the way.  We celebrate mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, grandmothers, and friends.  We celebrate those who inspire us and those who challenge us.    This International Women’s Day, I celebrate the strength and courage of the refugee women I have met and worked with in the Middle East and Europe.  Those who have been forced to…

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