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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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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