Reflecting on The Big Reconnect Sleepover

Since returning home to Oman from summer break, everyone has been asking “How was London?”  Though I technically was in London for an entire week, most of my time was spent at The Big Reconnect Sleepover (TBRS) in the countryside.  We were geographically in London but spiritually elsewhere.  The sisterhood we developed in less than five … Continue reading Reflecting on The Big Reconnect Sleepover

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Oman Adventures: Dimaniyat Islands

Last weekend was definitely a #iheartoman kind of weekend. July 23rd was Renaissance Day and a national holiday in Oman, so there were a number of excursion promotions being offered. What caught our attention was a three-hour glass bottom boat tour to the Dimaniyat Islands, a nature reserve about 45 minutes away from Seeb Port … Continue reading Oman Adventures: Dimaniyat Islands

Our First Family Camping Trip

It took three tries, but we finally made our winter visit to the UAE. Because of transportation issues, the first two attempts flopped but by the third, we had a rental and were ready for the road. Just days prior to the trip, I asked my sisterfriend living in Abu Dhabi about visiting. She said … Continue reading Our First Family Camping Trip

Turkey Adventures: Day Trip to Eskişehir

Now that spring has sprung, we’re getting out and exploring again. For a quick and easy day trip from Ankara, Eskişehir had all the right ingredients: accessible by train, pedestrian-friendly, learning opportunities for children, and vegan food. We all but flew to this colorful university town and were eager to explore. We traveled with another … Continue reading Turkey Adventures: Day Trip to Eskişehir

Turkey Adventures: Weekend in Kastamonu

One of the advantages of living in a country versus visiting it for a holiday is that you can slowly explore and absorb the land that you’re in. You don’t have to plan to see everything all at once and can gradually discover the culture, language, and sights without haste. As visitors, we would’ve overlooked … Continue reading Turkey Adventures: Weekend in Kastamonu

Arriving in Ankara

We had one singular reason for flying Azerbaijan Airlines. It wasn’t an interest in transiting through the capital city, Baku, or experiencing Azeri hospitality. AZAL had the cheapest flights to Ankara and we bought the tickets the very day we saw other airfares jump by almost $200 per ticket. Requesting vegan meals and a baby … Continue reading Arriving in Ankara

Rediscovering Queens

I'm a Queens girl who loves Brooklyn.  On every visit to New York, I find myself sneaking to the PRB (People's Republic of Brooklyn) for a taste of the vibrant culture, free activities, and delicious food.  But crossing boroughs with a baby gets taxing, so we've redirected our attention to Queens and have been pleasantly … Continue reading Rediscovering Queens

Five Priceless Possessions for Traveling like a Local

  Last month, my family and I took a long-awaited and highly-anticipated journey to Ethiopia, visiting Addis Ababa, Harar, and Negash.  While we were riding high on the hype of an enriching historical journey, we had to come to terms with the poverty we would face in a developing country.  The tourism industry is booming … Continue reading Five Priceless Possessions for Traveling like a Local