If Only Everyone Would Just Shut the Eff Up!


The part that I don’t understand is how it’s possible for anyone to express their opinions, regardless of how genuine they are, knowing that those remarks may upset those already in a great deal of pain. Ok, let’s just say that I’m so patriotic that I view all Muslims as terrorists. Which I don’t, but play along with me. More...

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By David Gaines On Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Passport DC:
Najwa Getting Her Face Painted at Embassy of Costa Rica

Every year we usually make it out to Passport DC, as we did again this year. The plan was to stop by the Kenyan Embassy now that they seem to be regulars, but the line to get in stretched around the corner. Literally, More...

Hagia Sophia
By David Gaines On Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Visiting the Hagia Sophia

Several years ago I read a book about the Ottoman Empire, one of many that talked about Hagia Sophia. The more I read about it, its history which predates the Ottoman Empire by several centuries, the higher it More...

By David Gaines On Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Bosphorus Boat Tour in Istanbul, Turkey

After waiting a little longer than I would’ve preferred, we were finally on our way to the boat for the Bosphorus Boat Tour. As a mob, we started walking. And walking. And kept walking. And walking so More...

By David Gaines On Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

The main attraction in Turkey is the Hagia Sophia. For me at least. When we finally made our way around the corner to visit the historic site, well, about a hundred or two other people beat us to it. It wasn’t More...

By David Gaines On Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Quick Walk Around the Block from the Hotel

There is no such place as a major city without a McDonald’s [well, except Nairobi]. And we Americans, even when we’re in foreign countries and are open to trying foreign foods and experiencing the foreign More...

By David Gaines On Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Walking Around Sultanahmet Square Looking for a Place to Warm Up

After visiting the Blue Mosque, we walked around the tourist area, checking out the other landmarks. In the plaza area near the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, there are these obelisks and other cool structures. More...

By David Gaines On Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Taking a Detour on the Way Back Home

The worst part of traveling is having to say goodbye. When you first get a on a plane to go to wherever you’re going, there’s an excitement, anticipation that grips you as you embark. When you’re More...

By David Gaines On Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Smithsonian Folklife Festival:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival Featuring Kenya was a No-Brainer for Us to Attend.

We’ve been to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival several times now. This year, though, was a special one. One of the featured countries — Kenya. Najwa in her Kenyan made dress. You can tell the More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Passport DC:
Kenya Finally Opens Doors at Passport DC

Finally! Kenya has opened the doors to its country for Passport DC! There was a poster with photos of each tribe in Kenya in full tribal gear. Nduku’s tribe: Kamba. We visited several other embassies. More...