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International Women’s Day 2018 – A Photo Essay

March 8 marks International Women’s Day (IWD) – a day that recognizes the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world.  For the past few years, I’ve shared photos from some of the amazing women that I’ve met around the world (photo essays from 2015 and 2016).  Today is no different. And, in a time of the MeToo movement, Times Up, and the release of a letter signed by more than 1,100 aid workers on sexual harassment, abuse,…

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4 Off-the-Beaten Path Destinations for Romance

It’s Valentine’s Day and around this time of year, you see a lot of lists of the top romantic destinations in the world.  While I’d never turn down a romantic trip to Paris, I wanted to share with you some of the more off-the-beaten path, unexpected romantic destinations that I’ve visited over the past few years. #1 – Óbidos, Portugal The medieval village of Óbidos, Portugal, is short bus ride outside of Lisbon – making it the perfect day trip or…

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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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