My 2015 Life in Review!

This is the third year that I have done a reflective blog spotlighting personal highlights of a year that has just come to…

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Beirut, Lebanon – “The Most Interactive City in the World”

Jen in Beirut, Lebanon

“Welcome to the most interactive city in the world,” was how one of my friends greeted me upon my arrival in Beirut, Lebanon. Frankly I wasn’t quite sure what that meant, and with a civil war raging on a mere 45 kilometers to my east in Syria, I was hoping my time in Lebanon wouldn’t be too interactive. More so, I hadn’t slept the night before my Lufthansa flight from Paris to Beirut because I was worried I wouldn’t even be allowed into the country (more on that later).  In that moment instead of interactivity, I was looking more for a comfortable bed. Beirut, Lebanon East meets west in this fast-paced, over-crowded and…

My 2015 Life in Review!

Jennifer Jedda

This is the third year that I have done a reflective blog spotlighting personal highlights of a year that has just come to pass.  Before starting this I went and googled whether I can now officially call it a “tradition.” Discussion boards varied referencing biblical definitions to how many times it takes to make a habit (21 times if you were wondering). Some even digressed into debates on flag burning and the BBC.  None were helpful. Therefore I made my own standard. If an activity or event is seen as giving enough value, meaning and comfort to its participants that they chose to repeat it on a regular, predictable interval, it can be…

Enchanting Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan

I am always grateful that I have the opportunity to visit different corners of the world, but some places possess such a spirit that I feel extra lucky to have been able to witness them. The little village of San Antonio Palopó on Lake Atitlán is one of those places. As I write I have the pleasant lake breeze brushing my hair back and I can hear the soft laps of the water against the shore.  Local women dressed in their colorful huipils with their hair swooped up by multi-colored cords walk by with sacks of goods balanced on their heads and men who push their wares of woven bracelets to the small…

5 Reasons You Must Go to Oaxaca City

Santo Domingo de Guzmán

A six hour bus ride away from Mexico City is Mexico’s food and artisan capital of the country, Oaxaca City. It also happens to be as charming as a Mariachi boy band. Having just wrapped up 4 days and 3 nights in this fair city, I have started a list of all its delights. Here are 5 of them: Oaxaca City at sunrise after my red-eye bus ride on an ADO Plantino from D.F. to Oaxaca. This sight made the *trying* to sleep in a bus part well worth it. Cuisine I came to Oaxaca to shop for some of the best handicrafts the country has to offer, but was pleasantly surprised that…

Mexico City and Frida Kahlo

Jen in Frida Kahlo Museum

At last! I am not in America! I do love my country, but it was time for me to hit the friendly skies and jet to lesser known lands.  So here I am in Mexico for 10 days before heading to a country I truly don’t know, Guatemala. Chicago…huh? This adventure was preceded by another adventure which took place in Chicago. While I am not at liberty to share all the details of my date with destiny in the Windy City, I can share that my time there resulted in one of the most unique experiences of my life.  I am sure I will be able to share all the behind the…