Arabic: Remembering What I Barely Knew

Posted in Arabic| language
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Three years ago I headed off to Lebanon for 6 weeks with grand plans of studying the beautiful Arabic language. After minoring in Japanese in college and studying in Tokyo for 5 months, I had no delusions of language grandeur. I knew I wasn’t going to leave Lebanon with a full grasp of the language. But I thought… Read More

Favorite Images from Holland 2013

Last Monday’s post focused on photos from an outdoor art exhibit in the Hague city centre.  It is a week later and I can’t resist putting a few more pictures up  from life in one of my favorite countries – Holland.Breakfast of [Dutch] ChampionsFrom Los Angeles to UtrechtSo Much Green Space in the city of UtrechtArtists… Read More

Traveling in the Moment

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Want to recapture your youth and feel like a child again? Simply head to a foreign country, especially one where you don’t speak the language, and you’ll suddenly rediscover the joy of not having any responsibilities. Has anyone else ever experienced this?  When you’re at home, you’re clearly a capable adult and you make decisions for yourself… Read More

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… Read More


Posted in Arabic| Beirut| RTW

Pep Talk: OK, Nailah! The calendar has turned, it’s a new year, your travel year, so let’s get to it! If operation *escape the cubicle* is truly going to come together, I need to start taking action. I’ve taken two steps in the right direction in the last two days. I decided on an Arabic language… Read More