Escape to Zanzibar

Zanzibar…just saying it seems like it would be a fun place. In my mind, I was thinking monkeys, spices, dark aromatic coffee and colorful scarves and dresses. You know…the typical vacation place that Jack Sparrow would visit when taking a break from pirating on the seven seas. I was not to be disappointed. The island…

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…

Catching Waves at Paradise Plage in Morocco

Surfing always looks so much fun when I see it on TV – and so graceful.  But then there’s me. I’m not graceful. I’m shaky and unbalanced and look tense when trying to surf. And that’s because I am all those things. Yet, I keep signing up for lessons. My latest surfing adventure was in…

Interview with The List

Want to get started on your “going solo” adventure? Check out my interview with Kristina Guerrero at The List. During the interview I talk about how I decided to “stop waiting and start doing,” and how that led to some amazing adventures. I also share three tips that you can use to travel the world,…

Hejaz: Not your average race

Runners are a strange breed. It doesn’t matter where I live, it seems we unintentionally are drawn to each other. It starts with a sleepy nod in the early morning as you pass a fellow runner in silence during your pre-dawn training. It then extends to “likes” on Instagram and local Facebook running groups as…

Greece: Cycling the Islands of Kalymnos and Nisiros

Cycling the islands of Greece is incredible. Each island is unique and because they are all tiny, you can generally do one a day – at least that’s what I did on my Duvine tour. Kalymnos we started in the port and then cycled up and over the island covering 25.2 miles and climbing 2,729…

Greece: Bike, sail, eat and repeat – Cycling Kos

  We gathered at the luggage collection area of the Kos airport. All of us looking a bit apprehensive, but that changed quickly as the nine of us got to know each other throughout the week. It’s one of the best things of the being on a Duvine Cycling Tour. The people. This tour was…

Running Costa Brava

As you know, I love to run. I also love Ragnar Relays, which are 200 mile running relays where you run with a team from one city to another. There’s something very fun about running and actually getting somewhere rather than running in a big circle like most marathons (although, I do still run marathons…

PHOTO MOMENT: Photo-bombing a Paris wedding

Exploring Paris on a cloudy spring morning and came across this couple taking wedding photos outside the Notre Dame. Their photos are going to be stunning. Naturally I couldn’t resist being a part of 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….

Art scene 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…

PHOTO MOMENT: Cactus dodging during the Las Vegas Ragnar

I have a weakness for deserts, especially the ones in Arizona and outside Las Vegas.  The cactus are so beautiful. This shot of me was taken during the Las Vegas Ragnar Relay. I’m the one in the purple and I’m determined to catch the runner in front of me.