“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them — wherever you go.”
- Anthony Bourdain
I've traveled to at least 22 countries and have been detained by 3 separate Middle Eastern governments. I got stories. I was once offered to a price for marriage (not the first time).
A Jordanian Bedouin tribe member once offered 19 camels for my hand in marriage over a cup of Arabic coffee. 19 camels! That's a lot. Years later, it hit me, why 19 and not 20? What was that about? Luckily, I declined. Six months later, my cousin found them on eBay going for $250 a pop. What an insult. You gotta watch. Especially the exchange rates.
Pro Traveler Tip:
As much as Middle Eastern hospitality is genuine, many marriage arrangements are made over a simple cup of coffee...without the naive non-Arabic speaking Western tourist's knowledge. They just smile and nod their heads to be polite. But, be careful... If you suddenly hear a big "Zalghoutta" (a high-pitched ululation tongue trill - you know - like Shakira did in the Super Bowl) you may have just gotten yourself engaged... without even knowing it!
Gotta watch, gurrrl... gotta watch...
Some of my other Adventures
Unfortunately, I have lost a lot of pictures throughout the years so most of these are from when I was much younger and only a few countries I have been blessed to visit are represented
But, I got stories. Enough to write another book
Fun Fact: I was detained by 3 Middle Eastern Governments
Culture & Cuisine
Life in the Mediterranean is about sharing good healthy meals together, dancing and celebrating life's best moments with your friends & family.
It's about so much more, but at its core are healthy cuisine, a sense of togetherness in spirit, a general spirit of savoring life ... and of course, The beautiful Mediterranean Sea