Running Into My Past

September 18, 2012 9 Comments »

runners in central park

I was breathing heavy, lumbering along in the thick August air of NYC, I felt like every time my tennis shoe hit the ground it was heavy, as if I was a horse carrying a large load. And then they ran by – light, airy gazelles in the form of NYC runners. A pack of […]

Eating Local in NYC

February 16, 2012 12 Comments »


You are making your first trip to the Big Apple and are pouring through online websites and guide books about New York City. You plan on seeing a Broadway show, doing the museums, and maybe even going for a run in Central Park. You most definitely want to eat out at great restaurants while you […]

New York, New Eyes, New Year

December 30, 2011 2 Comments »

The last 5 days I’ve been playing tour guide of my favorite city in the US – New York City.  My old home still holds a very special place in my heart, especially for New Years.  My 15 year old niece has traveled with me to NYC for the first time and I’ve been putting […]

The Amazing People You Meet

March 21, 2011 4 Comments »


Meet Charles.  He lives in Taanayel Lebanon and serves as the Quality Control department (ok – there are only 2 people in the QA Department including Charles!) for Arcenciel Organization.  Arcenciel is a really cool NGO which I wrote all about on Briefcase to Backpack recently – click here and learn more. While I was […]

Blizzard Blockage

December 28, 2010 10 Comments »

buried by snow

I was supposed to be in Milan right now, but thanks to what the reporters call ‘Snowpocalypse’, the blizzard has left me standing still. Blocked from getting on a plane, and getting out of the US. Last night there was nothing still, 45 mph wind gusts and 2 feet of snow blew brutally through New […]

Fragile – Handle With Care

December 25, 2010 10 Comments »

Christmas ornaments tree

Sometimes I feel so fragile. Ready to break at any moment and last night was one of those nights. A night where I was confronted with my own solo culture, family culture, my religious culture, and my country culture. As I walked the streets of NYC on Christmas Eve my mind swam in confusion. Solo […]

Life as a Student and ESL Training

February 26, 2008 3 Comments »

esl training

I have entered the terrifying world of responsibility again. I may go into shock. I actually have to set my alarm every day and be somewhere by 9AM, and I don’t get back home until 5:30PM. Unfortunately – this new lifestyle is not making me any money – but it’s the path to my ticket […]

The Culture of Chinatown New York City

February 18, 2008 1 Comment »

chinatown new york city dim sum

  My friends and I decided to go out of the country this weekend – and we took the Q train to do so.  The subways doors opened up and we stepped out into China – Chinatown New York City. One of the many things I love about New York City is it’s diversity.  But […]

Writers Strike

February 10, 2008 No Comments »

Photo: My roommates from India visiting me in NYC! I feel like I’ve been on a bit of a writer’s strike recently – not because I’m unhappy with my pay…ha…but because I simply haven’t been writing! It’s amazing how the days can fly by and I realize that I haven’t been writing as I had […]

Idiotarod – Brooklyn in a Shopping Cart

January 29, 2008 1 Comment »

For all snapshots of the Idiotarod – click here! This Saturday afternoon I emerged from the #6 Subway out onto Canal Street dressed as a monkey. Yes, you read that right…and no, I haven’t been taking prescription drugs, or non-prescription drugs, nor had I been drinking (but I started shortly after emerging from the subway), […]

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