International Women’s Day Slideshow

Today is International Women's Day. To celebrate, we share an updated version of our Women from Around the World slideshow.You probably won't see any of these women on TV or on the covers of magazines (well, maybe someday). Instead, they are the women we meet in markets, on public transport, in the shops that they run, in rural villages, on city streets. They are … [Read more...]

Perception Busting in Egypt

Egyptian Man with Beard - Alexandria, Egypt

You guys are the Perception Busters. -- A comment on our Facebook page in response to our arrival in Cairo earlier this week. And a label we're happy to embrace.If you've been following us on Facebook or Twitter recently, you're probably aware that we've been in Egypt this past week.Egypt? But isn't it unsafe now? … [Read more...]

Iran: A Poem to the People

Iranian People

This is a story of a woman I met on a train in Iran and a letter she wrote to me -- a letter I now read through tears.My heart sank as I watched the news from Iran this morning, scenes of the British Embassy being charged by an angry mob in Tehran. It saddens me – angers me, really – that narrow groups like this who define the world’s perception of Iran and the … [Read more...]

A Flight to Tehran: The Full Story

Boarding Pass to Tehran, Iran

What does it feel like to fly into Iran, to enter the country for the first time? Here’s the story of our flight to Tehran including some things you might expect, and some others you might not.Destination: TEHRAN. I ogle my boarding pass at the departure gate in Istanbul. We bought the tickets months before, all easy enough. So easy in fact that we wondered if … [Read more...]

Girls from Around the World, A Girl Effect Slideshow

Audrey with Group of School Girls - Khashia Village Near Srimongal, Bangladesh

We offer the following slideshow of girls we've met during our around the world travels in support of The Girl Effect, an organization whose goal is to promote awareness of girls’ issues around the world and to highlight the benefits of investing in girls as a means to poverty alleviation, better public health and community development.The more we travel and see … [Read more...]

My Big Fat American Passport

American Passport

Oh, if our passports could talk! A quick look at the numbers and some stories and lessons behind my newly-fattened American passport."This is it. After this, no more." -- An American embassy employee in Berlin hands back my passport with a third – and undoubtedly final – set of extra pages.What do you think of when flip through your passport? Countries … [Read more...]

An American Abroad: Navigating State Department Travel Warnings

travel warnings

Stay safe in this post Bin Laden world. There is sure to be some backlash; work on your Canadian accent ;-) -- A friend offers us some advice in light of recent events.We’ve lived outside of the United States for almost 10 years, with more than four of them on this around-the-world journey. In that time, we’ve consumed our share of U.S. State Department travel … [Read more...]