Mount Nemrut and Beyond

Sunset over Mount Nemrut - Turkey

There is very little to do in Adiyaman you almost wonder why any would come here.  If it wasn’t for the nearby Mount Nemrut National Park very few probably would.  We arrived here on the morning bus unsure of how we were going to move forward. So what is Mount Nemrut and why would you come here?  Honestly before coming I really only knew it as a … [Read more...]

Art Exhibit – Zaatari Refugee Children – Amman Jordan


I’m always the last person to know anything that seems to go on around town.  As I went into my new favorite café (Café Fann wa Chai) in Jabel Al-Webdeih I noticed they were having an art exhibit that opened tonight.  The exhibit is sponsored by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and featuring artwork from Syrian refugees in the Zaatari … [Read more...]

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...]