Come take a listen to my recent appearance on BlogTalkRadio!
I was interviewed about my experience as the on-camera host of a new video series and ebook (coming out soon) called, Travel the Local Way. In my segments, I show the viewers around Los Angeles from my local perspective. We shot at El Matador Beach, hiking with The Tree People, shopping in WeHo, dining in downtown, and so much more. It was a blast to shoot! (Continue reading…)
I’m in London right now. And as I walk through the streets I can’t help but to mimic the accents I hear. But the honest truth is that I’m not so good at it! So, in an attempt to get a London accent right, I took a lesson from a dialect coach. So, watch the video. Follow along. And try to get it too!!
Here’s the script in case it will help:
Excuse Me. Can I ask you something? I’m looking for a great restaurant nearby. Something inexpensive but delicious. A real local find.
Coming in a future video, I’ll feature a conversation I had with Sarah when she explains how there isn’t just one English accent but rather quite a few — LIKE HUNDREDS. And it is a real pet-peeve of the English when people think there is only one. In that video, she also talks about new emerging dialects that are popping up around London.
Tunisia is a fascinating place to experience off the beaten path and go exploring through small towns. And that is what I did during a recent trip. (Of course, accompanied by people in the know.)
I visited the country last summer in one of the more accessible ways to travel to Tunisia. I stayed in the tourist enclaves of Sousse and Monastir (Watch Video Here) filled with tourist beaches, resorts and restaurants.
Getting restless after a few days of sand and sun, I took a daytrip with my friends to a neighboring town. We drove for an hour along the coast and arrived in MaHdia — a small village on the water.
We took to the narrow streets, weaving our way through the town.
I am so excited to share this video with you. It will transport you across the globe to an island off the coast of Tunisia, where I got to go fishing with a group of local fishermen. It is an experience I’ll never forget.
It all started, years ago when I studied in Paris and fell in with a bunch of Parisian friends. The ethnic make-up of the group was quite varied. And some of them were second generation Parisians with parents from North Africa — the majority of which came from Tunisia.
Meeting them seven years ago, I started to learn about Tunisia for the first time: that its cuisine sounded delicious — savory lamb dishes, seafood couscous, roasted peppers and lots of spices; that it boasted a temperate climate, with hot summers that baked its Mediterranean beaches; and that it is a Muslim country that grants women rights not always found in Arab regions, like education and the choice of whether or not to veil themselves.
So last August, when I received an invitation to join some of these friends in Tunisia, I didn’t hesitate.
Part of the trip took place in Kerkennah, an island chain on the Mediterranean in the Gulf of Gabes. We were hosted by Walid, one of my Parisian friends, whose parents and much of his family live on the islands.
Their family business in Kerkennah, going back generations, is fishing. And Walid’s uncles invited us out for a day on the water where I got to experience a glimpse into the life of Tunisia fishermen.
This is Part Two of my video series featuring a fishing trip in Tunisia. In this installment, you’ll get an understanding of the traditional fishing techniques employed by Walid’s uncles, you’ll watch me getting into the water to earn my keep, and more.
Last summer, I went with a group of friends to Tunisia. Tunisia! What an exotic far off land. As a Westerner, wouldn’t you imagine only the most adventurous kind of traveler looking for a new and off-the-beaten-path experience would go there?
That’s what I thought too. But you’ve gotta see what I found in my latest video.
As a traveler, you may have had the experience of dating someone from another country – someone with different customs and traditions. I’ll admit, I have. And the truth is it comes with many exciting perks fueled by the desire to discover the unknown as well as frequent misunderstandings.
Here are some observations and tales of my own and of my girlfriends, country by country.
The dirty little secret sites like Orbitz, Travelocity, and Kayak don’t want you to know is that they are not the most inexpensive way to book travel. Nor is it through airlines or straight from hotels. It is through real, live travel agents.
I know, you are thinking, “What? Are we back in the 90’s?”
But I assure you this has been a piece of common knowledge in travel industry circles for quite some time. It is just that the general public, especially younger travelers, have not gotten the message.
Nicaragua is becoming an increasingly popular destination for travelers eager to get off the beaten path. That probably has a lot to do with all the recent buzz about the country in travel publications fueled by the Nicaraguan government’s initiative to bolster its tourism industry. On my trip to Granada, the city proved to be a destination that does caters to tourism. And expats. But it is not saturated. Traveling there it really is easy to be exposed to real life in Nicaragua. And if that is your thing, it is a great place to visit.