5 Ways to Immerse Yourself in Local Culture

Posted in Cafe| Culture| language| lost

Have you ever traveled to a foreign city spent a few hurried days, got back on a plane and headed home only to feel like you never really experienced the city at all? I sure have.Usually its when I travel on a business trip. I spend more time in sterile offices, eating box lunches and looking…

My Love-Hate Relationship With Beirut Cabs

Posted in Beirut| Culture| Lebanon

OK – I think I may be obsessed. While I should be blown over by the ruins, beautiful architecture and natural wonders of Beirut, instead I’m secretly enthralled about the whole taxi game here.  Maybe its because I hail from Los Angeles where I probably take a taxi about twice a month at best. It is…

It's Good to be Back

Posted in Beirut| Culture| Lebanon

On a whim, I visited a friend in Beirut back in 2010. I knew little about the city other than the fact that it often seemed to be linked to war and fighting when it was mentioned in U.S. news reports. But with a little research, I realized things were much safer than they had been…

Culture Close to Home

“You’re going to be gone for how long? FIVE months?? Wow – I wish I could do that.”That’s usually how the conversation goes when I tell people about my round the world trip.  Everyone I speak to WANTS to travel more, but not everyone feels they can. Although there are always ways that people can include more…

With My American Eyes

Posted in Culture| Travel| Vietnam

This past weekend at the LA Times Travel Show, I had a chance to listen to a presentation by Lisa Ling.  Ms. Ling hosts the TV show Our America and has traveled the world over as a correspondent for ABC News, National Geographic Explorer and the Oprah Winfrey Show.  I’ve always enjoyed her reporting style, so I grabbed…

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