Photo Friday – Baby Bird And Big Dog – Cleveland, OH, USA

May 30, 2014

Baby Bird And Big Dog - Taken 20-May-2014 - Cleveland, OH, USA

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Leaving Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport: “Pull Down Your Pants”

May 28, 2014

Pants down to ankles

I left very early from Jerusalem to go to Ben Gurion Airport with a nasty cold in tow. I was heavily questioned on the way in and expected the same on the way out. I caught a shared taxi at 6:30am and arrived at the airport at 8am for my 11:50am departure. I arrived about […]

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Nothing But Confusion In Israel

May 26, 2014


I’ve gone to many places and I often try to share what I’ve learned via this blog. When I got to Israel-Palestine I knew this wouldn’t work. I avoid controversy and seek consensus. This is impossible with the Israel-Palestine conflict, however. It’s too political. It’s a bit of a no-win situation, as no matter what […]

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Photo Friday – Lightning In The Sky – Cleveland, Ohio, USA

May 23, 2014


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Entering Israel – Worst Border Crossing Experience Yet

May 21, 2014

Welcome To Israel

Crossing into Israel from Jordan was one of the most [insert adjective of choice here] experiences of my journey so far. By far. Leaving Jordan My friend took me to the north bus station where I caught a shared taxi to the King Hussein Bridge crossing to Israel. I arrived and had no idea where […]

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Volunteering At Injaz – Conducting A Happiness Workshop

May 19, 2014

Speaking At Injaz

While in Amman, Jordan I had the opportunity to conduct a small happiness workshop for the employees of Injaz. Injaz works to empower youth to become productive members of society and succeed in the global economy. They believe in the potential of every youth and go to great lengths to unlock it. A friend of […]

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20 Of My Favorite (Free) Things

May 14, 2014


I remember that Oprah used to do an annual giveaway of her “favorite” things. Audience members would scream in delight as they were rained down on with the latest cars, gadgets, and gizmos. As the craze of Christmas got into full swing last year while I was in Somalia and Burundi, I thought about what […]

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Amr: A Reunion Seven Years In The Making

May 12, 2014

With Amr In 2013

On my journey I have been able to meet countless strangers who have turned into lifelong friends. I’ve also been fortunate enough to meet many people I knew in my previous lives (working in the Persian Gulf, studying in Spain, working in Denmark, etc). When I went to Jordan I got in touch with two […]

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Photo Friday – Storms On The Horizon – Cleveland, OH, USA

May 9, 2014

Storms On The Horizon - Taken 6-May-2014 - Cleveland, OH, USA

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The Long Journey To Jesus’s Baptism Site And My First Hitchhiking Experience

May 7, 2014


I decided to go to where Jesus was baptized in Jordan knowing full well it was going to be harder than it seems. In theory I could take public transportation the whole way there, but my traveler’s intuition told me it would not go so smoothly. My friend dropped me off at the Amman bus […]

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Change Your Paradigm – Deciding To Be Happy

May 5, 2014


There’s more to life than the American Dream we’ve been sold. In this series I present an alternative way to view the world and your surroundings. There is so much out there to experience, enjoy, and incorporate into our lives. It’s all there for the taking, but getting there is the hard part. In this […]

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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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