Why I had to visit Misrata (Libya).

Why I had to visit Misrata (Libya).

Aug 4, 2011

I had no intention of coming to Libya, more less Misrata, a place I followed in the news nearly all of April and May. I associated Misrata with vicious street battles, journalist’s deaths, and an apocalyptic downtown. But after becoming friends with so many Misratans in the hospital in Tunis I began to associate it ...

Just another day in Cairo…

Just another day in Cairo…

Jul 24, 2011

Nearly 4 weeks ago I returned to Cairo for a visit. It was just a normal Tuesday. The biggest event happening was a Tweet-Up party with NPR’s Andy Carvin (wonderful to meet him in person, BTW… he’s a down-to-earth, thoughtful, personable guy). After the Tweet-Up my friend Ghazala & I went back to her apartment ...

Back in Tunis… soon to Misrata.

Back in Tunis… soon to Misrata.

Jul 24, 2011

I’m back in Tunis! Just in time. There were new calls for revival of Tunisia’s revolution — similar to the calls made in Cairo (Egypt makes the news much more than Tunisia for some reason). Both kicked out their dictator’s relatively quickly, and since then, both movements are not happy that genuine change is taking ...

Misrata-Tunis-Cairo-Kurdistan

Misrata-Tunis-Cairo-Kurdistan

Jul 3, 2011

I’m in a hotel room overlooking Tahrir square in Cairo. Just a few hours earlier there were more scuffles fires, glass and rocks being thrown, not to mention man grunts and yelling. There are a few hundred out there still cheering, screaming & occasionally roughing someone up. This used to do it for me. Do ...

A Year, In Food: 3 continents, 30,000+ air miles, unknown calories.

A Year, In Food: 3 continents, 30,000+ air miles, unknown calories.

Jun 13, 2011

At first glance this post may appear to have nothing to do with travel, revolutions or humanitarian work — but it does. Those of you who have spent time with me know that no matter where I go and what I do, I always manage to shoot food porn. When I put all my food ...

Greetings From Post-Revolution Tunisia

Greetings From Post-Revolution Tunisia

Jun 3, 2011

An Egyptian friend in Madrid wondered out loud if I was crazy to leave Spain just as it’s on the ‘cusp of Revolution.’ He was joking about the Revolution bit, but he does think it’s an exciting time to be in Madrid (he’s right). And, it was refreshing to finally have a protest movement come ...