Outside of the Lines: Welcome to Algeria

Somehow, I manage to stay out-of-the-way while everyone gets their luggage from overhead. There are no lines or orderly presentation here. As I watch the plane full of people slowly make their way past me, fictitious stories of their lives play out in my head. The young boys. Have they just come back from Paris or … Read moreOutside of the Lines: Welcome to Algeria

One Week Down and I’m Happy

I feel like maybe my words are coming back to me after so long and that makes me happy. It’s a relief because writing is how I deal with my emotions. It’s cheaper than a therapist that’s for sure. And I can take it anywhere I go in this world. Which is how I ended up … Read moreOne Week Down and I’m Happy

To The Woman In Hijab – Thank You

I tugged on my dog’s leash and maneuvered both of us  past a water puddle. I haven’t been out of the house, really, in six days but today we went to the park for an hour. The first people I noticed were a young couple chasing each other around and laughing. I wished I was … Read moreTo The Woman In Hijab – Thank You

Happiness: Is This Feeling REALLY Mine?

It’s been so long since I just up and wrote a piece for the blog without thinking about it first. You know, mapping out my idea and how I would present it. Yet this morning I woke up with a clear head for once and wasn’t grumpy about getting out of bed. Although I did … Read moreHappiness: Is This Feeling REALLY Mine?

Say What? Insight Into Language Barriers

“You want to live here then speak our language. Otherwise go back!” Sound familiar? I certainly have never told anyone that, but I know a lot of people who have. I see it posted on social media daily. It’s embedded into conversations even. I can’t vouch for other countries though. I don’t know, if say, … Read moreSay What? Insight Into Language Barriers

What Happens When Excitement Overwhelms Me

I experience tons of excitement  when I’m doing my research. As most of you know, I have severe anxiety issues and often have major panic attacks. Not all of these panic attacks besiege me because of negative thoughts. There are times when I get really excited about something and my brain overreacts to the slightest … Read moreWhat Happens When Excitement Overwhelms Me

Why Egypt?

“Why Egypt?” It’s the one question I get asked the most when I mention my intentions on visiting the North African country. My two answers: I don’t know. I know, but it’s hard to explain. Pretty contradictory huh? Yeah I know. Several months ago, like forever ago it seems, I dated an Egyptian Muslim man … Read moreWhy Egypt?

I Am The Hippo

Several months ago I watched a documentary series about Africa on Netflix. I’m not really too big into the wildlife. While the animals are magnificent and fun to watch in their native habitat, I find myself just admiring the background scenes and more importantly the social interactions between the animals in a herd. Part of … Read moreI Am The Hippo