Photo Essay: Prophet’s Birthday in Hyderabad India

Charminar - Hyderabad India

It was a warm January over there in Hyderabad this year.  We were there mostly to try to catch up with family, go shopping, and relax and enjoy the escape from the terrible “polar vortex that hounded the US”.  The Prophet Muhammad's (SAWS) birthday is not something that is generally celebrated with a lot of fanfare.  In many countries it is a day … [Read more...]

Breakfast with Bedouins – Petra

Entrance - Petra - Jordan

It was early. The kind of early that does not align well with vacation plans, even "vacations within a vacation" as I tended to describe this trip to be.  Only moments prior the sweet cacophony of the Adhan, a mainstay of Muslim countries, punctured the arid desert air of Wadi Musa and the surrounding valleys. With my cat like maneuvers honed … [Read more...]

Photo Essay: Wandering through As-Salt Jordan

As-Salt Jordan

One of the things a lot of tourists don’t end up seeing is the absolutely beautiful city of As-Salt that sits nearby as basically a suburb of the larger Amman.  What even fewer realize is that As-Salt was actually the first capital and probably one of the most beautiful cities in all of Jordan.  So I wanted to share a few of the photos and … [Read more...]

2013 Year in Review – Life, Lessons, and Learning

Shenandoah National Park - Virginia

End of years make me think of new beginnings and lessons from endings as well.  It makes me take status of my life and start to learn from where I went wrong and where I also went right.  So to recap here is my 2013 year in review. 2013 was an interesting year…one of the most memorable to date. The beginning of 2013 found me in Qatar celebrating … [Read more...]

Friday Photo: Walking along the way

Taormina, Sicily

I was thinking today that it has been nearly three years since I moved to the Washington DC area.  In a strange sort of way my time time may end nearly when my 3 years started and I moved there from Philadelphia for a variety of reasons.  I’m in the process of figuring out the path ahead, some of it out of choice and some not; but … [Read more...]

Into the Eastern Desert – Qasr-ain

Into the Eastern Desert - Qasr Harrana - Jordan

In Arabic the word “Qasr” means palace.  These were possibly palaces, although some were mere fortresses, and most were simply lodges and houses, which I guess could be seen as a palace.  There were two famous examples on the outskirts of Azraq that see the most tourists (mostly from tour buses from the capital) and we opted to visit these before … [Read more...]