United Arab Emirates

Visiting Dubai’s Atlantis The Palm, Global Village

Before heading back to the pad, we drove out onto The Palm. Really, from the ground you can’t see much. From above it’s an...

Burj al Arab, Heritage Village, The Souks in Deira

The day started with a quick trip to the store, but there’s nowhere in Dubai where there isn’t something to gaze at. One of...

Dinner at Reem al Bawadi; Nightcap at Shakespeare’s

Later in the evening, Stephen wanted to take us out to an Arabic restaurant for dinner. Nduku asked if it was a fancy restaurant,...

Our Day Trip to Abu Dhabi, UAE

You know, I used to think that the United Arab Emirates was a part of Saudi Arabia. Seriously. I thought it was a special...

Strolling Through Emirates Mall in Dubai

Since Nduku’s sister and brother-in-law had to work, they got us tickets for the hop on hop off Big Bus tour so we can...

Najwa Running Around After the Dubai Creek Cruise

After we debarked from the hour-long cruise in Dubai Creek, we had a little time to wait until The Big Bus came back through....

Enjoying the Grass in the Deserts of Dubai

When I finally woke up, not sure what time it was nor what time my body thought it was, I went to the bathroom...

Just Getting to Dubai Was an Adventure in Itself

It’s been years since my last international flight. Pre-9/11 actually. Back then, though, the traveling abroad was back and forth to Germany where my...

Random Day in the Life

The Magic Spells Our Kids Cast On Us

Everyone has always said that your child will just say things, random things, leaving you wondering how did they learn that? I remember when...

Newseum Welcomes RGIII With “Light Up DC” Light Show On 1st Amendment Wall

Just when I was getting settled in for the night, I read that a 74-foot RGIII will be projected on the First Amendment Wall...

Walking Around Sultanahmet Square Looking for a Place to Warm Up

After visiting the Blue Mosque, we walked around the tourist area, checking out the other landmarks. In the plaza area near the Blue Mosque...

Appreciating Every Moment Of It Before It’s the Good Old Days

Whenever I'm adding new blog posts, I tend to pick a random post to read and revisit that moment in time. And can...

The Architecture of Bucharest’s Buildings

We got our self-guided walking tour of Bucharest started at Strada Pictor Barbu Iscovescu and walking up to Piaţa Romană. Those are street names....

Homemade Hamburgers and Homemade Mashed Potatoes for Dinner

Najwa has to learn how to cook. And no, it's not so she can find a man because I've stressed that any man...

Lincoln Waffle Shop

Across from the Ford Theater, where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, it a local favorite called the Waffle Shop. It always seems so...