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12 08, 2019

Iran Culture Facts: Ethnicity, Religion and People

By | August 12th, 2019|Categories: Iran|Tags: , , |

Iran has been officially known as "The Islamic Republic of Iran" since 1979. Even though today it's commonly known for it's strict Islamic laws, those that know even a tad bit of Iran, know of it's richer, more vibrant history. Iran has an estimated population of 83 million people, ranking it 18th largest in the [...]

10 08, 2019

American Tourist in Iran: Travel Tips

By | August 10th, 2019|Categories: Iran|Tags: |

"Can Americans even travel to Iran?" is the second most commonly asked question after whether Iran is safe to travel to at all. The answer is yes, it is safe. And yes, Americans can legally travel to Iran though it takes a longer Visa process than most. It will also cost more because you'll have to [...]

6 08, 2019

Greatest Persian Poets of All Time

By | August 6th, 2019|Categories: Iran|Tags: |

Persian literature is a significant element of the Persian culture. Its influence on the Islamic culture of the Middle East is vast. These writers and poets are highly regarded not only in Western Asia but also around the world. Rumi has definitely brought the popularity of Persian poetry into the world. But there are many [...]

2 08, 2019

Cooking Class in Iran + Ghormeh Sabzi Recipe

By | August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Iran|Tags: , |

One of the top reasons I have been wanting to visit Iran is to taste it's rich, savory cuisine first hand. I am fortunate to live within 15 minutes from Westwood in Southern California. Also known as "Tehrangeles" where the largest Iranian population outside of Iran has resided and thrived for the past 40 years. [...]

14 07, 2019

Best Yoga Classes in Lebanon

By | July 14th, 2019|Categories: Lebanon|Tags: , , , |

Yoga has become very popular throughout the past few years in Lebanon. Many younger (and older) Lebanese people are setting aside their religious and ethnic differences in a country/region that is still often torn by these trivial matters for a step towards oneness. The best yoga teachers do a phenomenal job in bringing a diverse range [...]

12 07, 2019

Practical Tips on Traveling to Lebanon

By | July 12th, 2019|Categories: Lebanon|Tags: |

View of Jounieh and Beirut from atop the Lady of the Sky in Harissa I just returned from my 2nd trip to Lebanon after going for the first time 2 years ago. I actually felt emotional the day I was departing. After 2.5 weeks in Lebanon, I landed in the beautiful, orderly city [...]

4 07, 2019

Is it Safe to Travel to Lebanon in 2019?

By | July 4th, 2019|Categories: Lebanon|Tags: , |

Is it Safe to Travel to Lebanon? "What!? Is it safe to travel to Lebanon?" is the most common question asked by people (mainly Americans) when they hear that I'm going. So let's address this first: Yes, it is safe. I will say it's even safer than being in the United States. Well what about for [...]

26 04, 2019

22 Things to do in Batroun, Lebanon

By | April 26th, 2019|Categories: Lebanon|Tags: , , |

Lebanon left a nostalgic impression on me. Mainly because I spent 7 of my 10 days in Batroun, a laid back beach town an hour north of Beirut. There, I spent my days in a beach wrap, riding bikes, sipping freshly squeezed lemonade, learning about the local culture and consuming copious amounts of delicious, fresh [...]

24 04, 2019

Neococo Empowers & Employs Refugee Women

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: Central America, India, Los Angeles, Middle East|Tags: , |

Late last year, I had the fateful opportunity to meet the lovely Amrita Thadani over some Rosé on a Friday Jazz night at LACMA. Amrita is the founder of an ethical, fair trade and locally branded clothing company which employs refugee women and women of domestic violence. Neococo was founded in Fall 2017 as a [...]

27 03, 2019

Should Travel Bloggers “Get Political”?

By | March 27th, 2019|Categories: Cambodia, Cuba, Laos, Lebanon, Myanmar (Burma), Southeast Asia, US, Vietnam|Tags: , , |

Should Travel Bloggers "get political" on their Travel and Social Media posts? Should writers, influencers, celebrities, doctors or teachers? Frankly, I think this is a silly, even stupid question. To be candid, I'm not one that necessarily believes that there are no 'stupid questions' in life. But I'm here to answer why I think that [...]