I’ll See you at the Finnish Line

The city smelled of coffee and the sea, and the streets were crowded with schools of tourists swimming through the sites and pleasures Helsinki had to offer. On many corners, local musicians added to the cacophony of the urban heartbeat that thumped to the steady sounds of the city.  Gulls cried overhead, riding the soft […]

The Caves of Khaybar

The Caves of Khaybar

The drive from Jeddah to Harrat Khaybar Lave Field, 160 kilometers north of city of Madinah, was long and started  just as the sun was coming up and I was grateful for the coffee I was slowly nursing as I rubbed the sleep out of my eyes.   We were a caravan of 7 cars headed […]

A Basic Anatomy of the Majlis

A Basic Anatomy of the Majlis

The Majlis looks pretty simple, a cube of clay walls with simple square windows, too basic almost. But there’s so much to the clay cube. Let’s start with the exterior chairs mounted on the walls of the Majlis facing east and facing west. These are not very clear in the photos (I explain it better in the […]

Feel the Beat of the Drums

Feel the Beat of the Drums

In the heart of Oloki village, amongst the local Maasai, in Tanzania, is where I had my first dose of real Africa. I was simply a spectator, adorned with beautiful beaded jewelry and the traditional blues and reds of the tribe. Their singing voices got louder, the beat of their drums got stronger, and that’s […]

Women’s Startup Lab: Strengths

Women’s Startup Lab: Strengths

SO MUCH INFORMATION! The kind that’s almost paralysing. You realise theres a lot to do and you focus on weaknesses to fix them only to realise you’ve forgotten what your good at, damn it! Fix this, do that, no like this, no, now! NO, BETTER! (That’s not what really happens) I realise, how important it […]

Hideo-San and the Story of Ushiwakamaru

Hideo-San and the Story of Ushiwakamaru

After college and really putting my foot in it when it came to my passion for food, I decided to head to New York to challenge myself through culinary school and gain some work experience in the kitchens there. You know what they say, “if you can make it in New York, you can make […]

Eat Like A Local: Nice/Cannes

Eat Like A Local: Nice/Cannes

Ok let’s get the old adage out of the way…Nice is nice but we Cannes do better…That’s totally lame I know, but I couldn’t help it! I’m sure that’s what the people over at Pizza Cresci thought too. Pizza Cresci, or simply La Pizza, opened their doors in December of 1956 on rue Masséna in Nice, […]

Alpine Home

Alpine Home

Looking out into the distance, seeing nothing but snow-capped mountaintops, is where I feel at home. Breathing in fresh mountain air, whilst sipping on elderberry juice and listening to the continuous sound of buzzing bees and chirping birds, provides me with harmony and peace. Gazing out into the void spotting three different countries from one […]

Explore Your Inner Child

Explore Your Inner Child

  It’s crucial for a person to nurture his/her inner child. It is especially important to cherish one’s childish quirks in today’s fast-paced society. I spent the past week basking in the sun and soaking in salt water. The Rocco Forte hotel in Sciacca, Sicily is without a doubt one of the best spots for […]

Seeking Scandi-Soviet Estonia

Seeking Scandi-Soviet Estonia

Anybody, no? Nobody wants to see Soviet relics interacting with Scandinavian modernity with me? While others were on the Amalfi coast getting leathery and accustomed to feeling their toes for the first time since the beginning of winter, I decided to delay that much needed thaw and went on a solo trip to Estonia back […]