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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 [...]

8 03, 2019

Lebanon’s Surf, Sun & Craft Brew at Colonel Reef

By | March 8th, 2019|Categories: Lebanon|Tags: , , |

Visiting Lebanon soon? Make sure you budget a few days time to relax in my favorite town of Batroûn. It's the ultimate beach destination for relaxation, sun, surf, yoga, good food, hiking and even ski activities during the winter time in it's mountainside. Batroûn, just an hour north of Beirut, is a charming beach town all [...]

12 11, 2018

Paint and Wine Night in Lebanon

By | November 12th, 2018|Categories: Lebanon|Tags: |

One of the most memorable experiences I partook in during my travels is Paint and Wine Night in Lebanon. The Middle-East is still obviously a very misunderstood region and yet I continually am drawn to traveling all around there and sharing my experiences. On my first evening in Lebanon, we sipped wine from local wineries, painted [...]

14 01, 2018

Lebanon: Beautiful Mix of West & East

By | January 14th, 2018|Categories: Lebanon|Tags: , , |

My Travel article on Lebanon as published in ARE Magazine, Winter Edition 2018, read it here.

8 01, 2018

Online Course: Religion, Conflict & Peace

By | January 8th, 2018|Categories: Middle East|Tags: , , , , , , |

Explore the diverse and complex roles that religions play in both promoting and mitigating violence through Harvard University's Online Course on "Religion, Conflict and Peace". For as long as history has been recorded, there has not been a society, a culture without some type of religion. Many people mistaken Religion with a Culture and Vice Versa. [...]

26 12, 2017

Top 10 Foods to Try in Lebanese Cuisine

By | December 26th, 2017|Categories: Lebanon|Tags: , , , |

Lebanon is a mecca for foodies. The Lebanese Cuisine is, in itself, worth a flight over for days of gluttonous consumption. In case you cannot travel there this week, here is a list of traditional dishes to try at your local Lebanese Restaurant.  A variety of Vegetables make up half of Lebanese (Arabic & Mediterranean) [...]