Some Of Jordan’s Incredible Sites

April 30, 2014


Jordan was truly full of amazing places to see and experience. I knew about Petra and Wadi Rum before coming, though not very much. Everything else was a wonderful bonus. Here are some of the wonderful sights I took in, keeping in mind that I missed two very important ones: The Red Sea and The […]

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Wadi Rum

April 28, 2014


Wadi Rum is a desert area full of majestic mountains and vast expanses of desert. Bedouins still live there and run the show, but you are welcome to visit, see how they live, and stay in their guest tents. This area is also home to history as Lawrence of Arabia led uprisings against the Ottoman […]

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Finding The Real Happy Nomad In Jordan: Mefleh

April 23, 2014

Mefleh Smoking A Cigarette

I have to be honest. I’m a fraud. Not exactly, but I have a confession to make. Although I call myself The Happy Nomad, after meeting a man in Petra, Jordan, I now must revise that to “A Happy Nomad” at best. The man I met, Mefleh, is truly a happy nomad in every sense […]

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April 21, 2014

The Treasury Building

Petra is all it is cracked up to be, and I can say that about few places I’ve visited. A gift left over from the  Nabataean civilization possibly some 2300 years ago, it’s a living UNESCO World Heritage Site with Bedouins still living inside it. One would need a few days to fully explore Petra, […]

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Photo Friday – Snow In Spring – Cleveland, Ohio, USA

April 18, 2014

Snow In Spring - Taken 15-Apr-2014 - Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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An Introduction To Jordan

April 16, 2014

The Jordanian Flag With Amman

I had always wanted to visit Jordan. Maybe it started as a kid in elementary school when I found out there was a country with the same name as a girl in my class. Then when I worked in Qatar I had the pleasure of working with some incredible guys from Jordan, one being my […]

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Going To A Huge Sinkhole With MTV Lebanon

April 14, 2014

Shooting A Scene

My last full day in Lebanon was an amazing one. Though my friends were busy, they arranged for me to join one of their friends to visit Lebanon’s beautiful countryside. My friends are very involved with the caving community in Lebanon. On weekends they often go to caves and explore where few have explored before. […]

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Photo Friday – Looking For Spring – Cleveland, Ohio, USA

April 11, 2014

Looking For Spring - Taken 8-Apr-2014 - Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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How To Make Olive Oil

April 9, 2014


While staying with George and Teresa in Lebanon I got to take part in an annual event for them, a very important day: taking the garden’s olives and pressing them into oil. Nothing is wasted in the process. The seeds are ground and sold to be used as an accelerant when starting barbecues or fires. […]

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Lebanese Hospitality: Extending My Family

April 7, 2014

With George And Teresa

I have kept in touch with one of my professors from business school pretty well. He invites me to Skype with his class in Madrid when he teaches a course on corporate social responsibility as I have had many experiences on this journey that tie in nicely with what they study. One student in the […]

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The Beautiful Country Of Lebanon

April 2, 2014

Beautiful Lebanon

Going to Lebanon was a difficult decision. Since it borders Syria and Israel, my only option for visiting and leaving was to fly. I try and avoid flying for environmental and cost reasons, but in the end I couldn’t help but visit. I have met too many wonderful people from Lebanon and I love their […]

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My Biggest Screw Up As A Couchsurfer

March 31, 2014


I’ve couchsurfed extensively on The Happy Nomad Tour. It’s a way to meet locals everywhere I go, not stay in sterile, boring hostels, and save money. So far I’ve had tons of positive experiences, making friends for life along the way. In Ecuador I accidentally broke a pot’s lid and I had to replace it. […]

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A Toy Library And English Conversation Club

March 26, 2014

A Toy Library In Ankara, Turkey

While in Ankara I had the opportunity to experience two cool things in one location – a toy library. I was brought to the library by my Turkish couchsurfing host. I had never heard of a toy library before, but was told it actually started in the U.S. It immediately made sense to me. Kids […]

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Ankara – Turkey’s Capital City

March 24, 2014

Anıtkabir - Flowered Flag

I went to Ankara the first time because I found a cheap flight from there to Lebanon and it was close to Capadoccia. As the bus got closer to the city I felt like I was riding through the suburbs of an American town in the Midwest. So strange! Ankara has seen lots of growth […]

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My First Hot Air Balloon Ride – Capadoccia, Turkey

March 19, 2014


It all kind of came together by chance. I hadn’t planned on doing a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, but when presented the opportunity I was powerless to say no. I was picked up from where I was staying before sunrise. The company I went with, Turkiye Balloons, fashions themselves as the most professional […]

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Cappadocia, Turkey – Caves, Hot Air Balloons, And Serene Beauty

March 17, 2014

Hot Air Balloon Over Cappadocia

Cappadocia. I didn’t know much about it before I went to Turkey, but I knew it was a beautiful place I had to visit. Little did I know what an amazing place it would be. Getting there wasn’t easy. I didn’t buy my bus ticket ahead of time and the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Fitr […]

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