Duty Free Shopping: Part II

As promised in last Thursday's blog post, here are some findings from my recent, highly un-scientific study of Duty Free shopping vs. department store shopping and whether or not there are truly savings to be had.  For my study I chose one item, Christian Dior's J'Adore Eau de Parfum (100 ml), as the item of study.  In…

Beirut: A Change for the Better

Beirut is a city that is always in transition. Even though I hadn't been gone for a full year, on my latest trip, I already noticed a number of differences. Some of my regular hangouts had shuttered their windows and closed up shop. In fact the whole nightlife part of town had shifted about a mile…

Beirut in Photos: 2013

Posted in Beirut| Lebanon

Jet lag is a funny thing. I wasn't really in Beirut long enough to get on a totally different time schedule and I flew through enough time zones that my body has no idea where or when it is.  I arrived back home in Los Angeles late Monday morning and felt surprisingly good even though I…

2 Days Journey and Almost There: LA to Beirut

In a few moments we will be landing in Kuwait City.  Please make sure you have collected all of your belongings, and that your seatbelts are securely fastened around your waist.  We will be arriving on time at 5:25 PM and the temperature outside is a balmy 110 degrees.Um, excuse me? ONE HUNDRED AND TEN DEGREES? …

Next Stop: Beirut

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Shiny new passport (check), properly broken in carry-on luggage (check), a few new tunes added to my Flight Plan playlist on my iPod (check)...its time to roll! I haven't left the country since (gasp!) February and according to my 2013 travel plan I am well overdue for a journey.  So off I go tomorrow for a…

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