Wine Tasting in Costa Brava

When in Girona, you need to take some time to taste the wine. The vineyards are located less than hour outside the city and Spain produces some of the best wine in Europe. The vineyard I visited was called Terra Romota, which means remote land – and it really is remote. Unless you knew it…

Partaking in History at Saudi ComicCon

  Did someone say ComicCon? They did…and I was there. This past weekend marked the first ever ComicCon event in Saudi Arabia and it was pretty amazing. It took place in Jeddah and the guests included Charles Dance and Julian Glover from “Game of Thrones”, Giancarlo Esposito from “Breaking Bad” and one of the world’s…

The Strange World of Old Jeddah

  Walking in Old Jeddah (also known as Al-Balad) is like going back in time, but strangely that time really isn’t all that long ago. While parts of it were built in the 7th Century as a route for the pilgrims on their way to Mecca, other parts were built just a 100 years ago….

Contemporary art in Saudi Arabia

People always seem to be surprised that art (and really good art) exists in Saudi Arabia.  There may be certain restrictions due to Muslim religion, but art can still bloom within restrictions.  And often what comes out are powerful and memorizing images that speak to you. This was the case of the Maïmouna Guerresi’s  Solo Exhibition…

Mesmerized by the art and words of Qin Tian

Qin Tian’s exhibit at KAUST in January 2017 Writing has always been a part of my life. I wrote my first novel when I was 6 about an Irish Setter named Cinnamon and his adventures living with a koala bear in New Zealand (it wasn’t very good). All my life, I have always jotted down…

Surfing in Muizenberg

  “Danger” is my middle name. No, not really. I’m actually more of an analytical risk-taker and what I mean by that is I know my limits and take risks that push them just a bit – like when it comes to surfing in Muizenberg.   Muizenberg is one of the top places to surf…

Aloha Hawaii!

Living in Switzerland in pretty sweet. It’s got mountains, lakes and hiking paths that lead to breathtaking views. But it doesn’t have pineapples…or coconuts…or palm trees. I like palm trees. I miss palm trees. I also miss drinking cheap Pina Coladas while looking at palm trees.   After nearly two years in the Alps, it…

The Big Island: Is the Place of Refuge worth a visit?

Generally, museums and typical touristy areas are places I avoid when on vacation. I tend to prefer being part of the adventure rather than reading a wall plaque about some else’s adventure. But because I had nothing better to do and was spending my day just randomly driving around the Big Island, I decided to…