The Other Iraq

I just returned from a visit to the Kurdish region of Iraq. While the Kurdish region is close to some troubled areas of Iraq, it is quite distinct and separate from them. Iraqi Kurdistan, as the region is commonly called, is a very safe travel destination if you are a...

Why I Went to Côte d’Ivoire

A little over a month ago, I traveled to Côte d’Ivoire. Formerly known as Ivory Coast (its name was legally changed to its French translation), it is a country on the west coast of Africa near the equator. That place was hot! In most cities, the daily temperature was...

Cuba: An Outsider’s Perspective

I just returned from a trip to Cuba in which I visited several parts of the country. It started with a flight to Santa Clara, followed by a taxi ride to Havana. My friends and I stayed in an Airbnb on the coast of Havana and then in several Casas Particulares around...

Dare To Be Different

While I am a fairly conservative financial advisor, I like to step out sometimes. My interests include dancing, traveling to third world countries and consuming ethnic foods (particularly Indian and Ethiopian cuisine). I’ve even been convinced to eat a chocolate...