We Met, Planned, and Went

October 18, 2012 4 Comments »

Meet Plan Go NYC

1 idea – A Career Break on every resume 3 people – Michael Bontempi, Michaela Potter, Sherry Ott 10 hosts around the country 25 sponsors 111 panelists 312 bottles of Estrella Spanish Beer in NYC 935 Attendees Infinite happiness that comes from doing something that is so core to your belief systems and makes your […]

An Unusual Look at the Usual Places – NYC

September 28, 2012 10 Comments »

new york city sunrise

  Since next week I return to NYC for the month of October to prep and host the NYC Meet Plan Go Travel event, I thought I would give NYC a little love.  NYC was my last home I had, before I sold everything and started traveling 6 years ago.  It will be nice to […]

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 […]

Photo of the Week – Manhattanhenge

June 4, 2010 12 Comments »

Apocalypse Now on 34th St – New York City Two times a year the Sun God works it’s magic on Manhattan in a spectacle called Manhattanhenge.  The rare occurance when the sun sets in exact alignment with the grid of streets in Manhattan.  This 15 minutes of illumination on the cross streets of New York […]

New York State of Mind

March 24, 2008 2 Comments »

  Sometimes the hardest battles fought are the ones in your head. After three months of being in the US trying to figure out how to carve out a new existence for myself…I feel like I’m starting to lose the battle. New York is a hard place – and even more so when you don’t […]

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