Work Takes Me To West Virginia for the First Time, Probably the Last Time, Too

WVU Coliseum

I travel from time to time for work. Visiting college campuses, mostly within a few hours drive from the office. Most of the schools being in Virginia. But this time, for the first time, I visited West Virginia. You hear all the stereotypes of the campus, the people in West Virginia and so forth, but I had no idea what to expect. I figured no different More...

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By David Gaines On Sunday, March 9th, 2014

48 Hour Day Trip to Houston For a Wedding

One of the lady’s friends from high school was getting married in Houston, so we hopped on a plane and headed out to the Lone Star State. It was a really quick, hit-and-run, day trip kind of trip. We did More...

David and Nduku at September 11 Memorial
By David Gaines On Monday, August 12th, 2013

Mapping Our Walking Tour of Manhattan

The lady and I were in New York this weekend, visiting Ingrid, one of Nduku’s friends. We were fortunate to stay at Ingrid’s Bed & Breakfast in Brooklyn — a pleasant surprise since I thought More...

Najwa at North Beach, Maryland
By David Gaines On Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Day Trip to North Beach

Every summer we’ll take a day trip to the ocean [or in this case the bay]. For this year’s 4th of July, we went to North Beach, just north of Chesapeake Beach in Maryland. Last time Najwa was in the More...

Najwa and Nduku at Luray Caverns
By David Gaines On Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Taking a Day Trip to Luray Caverns in the Shenandoah Mountains

Usually the ladies and I would head to the beach for the holidays, but the weather wasn’t cooperating. So we headed underground, making a day trip to Luray Caverns in the Shenandoah Mountains. On the lawn More...

Najwa drinking Sprite
By David Gaines On Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Visiting the Embassy of the Dominican Republic

PassportDC is always fun to visit the different embassies and see what’s inside, the history, the culture, the furniture. The Embassy of the Dominican Republic was extra nice to visit because they were giving More...

David and Nduku at Dubai Aquarium
By David Gaines On Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Not All Spam Is Worthless; Some Help Preserve What’s Priceless

Who says spam doesn’t work? Several months ago I got an email offering a free photo book through Shutterfly. How could I resist. Did a quick one, mostly photos of Nairobi from our trip, just to see how More...

Mrs. malombe at Bomb Blast in Nairobi
By David Gaines On Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Visiting the Bomb Blast at the Former U.S. Embassy in Nairobi

In 1998 terrorists struck the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania simultaneously. Where there once stood the embassy in Nairobi, there’s now a park and memorial for those who were casualties of More...

Nduku at the Nairobi National Museum
By David Gaines On Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Visiting Nairobi National Museum to Revisit Kenyan History

Najwa enjoying the morning sun I’ve always read books about African history. Books about the continent, individual countries, individual individuals and anything else about how Africans got to where they More...

Cousins Bubbles
By David Gaines On Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Cousins Blowing, Popping Bubbles

Sometimes when you get a lot of little ones together in one place, it’s hard to find something they’ll all like to do. But one thing seems to always works. Bubbles.    More...