Monthly Archives: October 2014

My vacation ended when my Lufthansa flight landed in Abuja. It was a bitter sweet moment. While I was sad to leave the confines of the United States, I was looking forward to getting back to my normal routine. Although quick and very busy, my time in the US was very enjoyable. I was able to celebrate the marriage of great friends – Shami and Emily and Ian and Emily – spend… Read More

My time in the US has been a whirlwind tour. I met an old college friend in Los Angeles and spent the day resting at his house. The 13 hour flight from Sydney to LA had been exhausting and it was nice to sit on his couch. Later that afternoon, we met up with my friend Vartan who I had just visited with in New Zealand. He was back in the US… Read More

Frodo: You’re late! Gandalf: A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to. (Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring) New Zealand is as picturesque as a postcard. Rolling green hills, snowcapped mountains and an overabundance of sheep. New Zealand is an outdoor playground. While driving on the North Island, I was mesmerized by the landscape and often had the urged to stop… Read More

Having spent the past four months living in West Africa, I am always afraid of getting sick before a flight. There are numerous stories of people arriving at airports from West Africa only to be quarantine for several days because of the fear of Ebola. In past travels to Kenya and Rwanda, passengers are subjected to invasive and burdensome travel requirements to prove that they are Ebola free. When my Emirates flight… Read More