TechWomen Tunisia Delegation Trip

In mid-March, I was a member of the TechWomen delegation* to Tunisia.  Tunisia is a beautiful country on the Mediterranean nestled between Algeria and Libya; a small piece of the Sahara Desert is in the South and the Northern part is greener than I expected with a temperate climate and lovely beaches.  Nearly everyone I met speaks at…

Traveling with an organized group

I realize I haven’t written much about my trip with TechWomen to Jordan, and it’s been nearly two months since I returned.  Part of that is because we experienced so much and had so little time to process any of those experiences.  The rest is because things have been a bit busy around here. Recently,…

Two hours in Paris

After booking my flight to Amman over the holidays, I realized that the layover on the way back was five hours long.  As I’ve never been to France, I started fantasizing about leaving the airport and heading into Paris for a short while.  I checked out a lot of travel blogs, and the consensus was…

Floating in the Dead Sea & the Jordan River

On the TechWomen Jordan trip, we had one free day.  By “free” I mean one day where we could choose to go see some of the sights Jordan has to offer or to lounge around our hotel. I chose to go see some of the sights, so this meant that I started my free day…

Playing tourist in Jerash

Today our delegation group woke up early to tour Jerash and went shopping.  After all, shopping is one of the most favored TechWomen past times 🙂 After a huge breakfast that partly consisted of ful, a local bean dish, and gathering everyone in the lobby of our hotel (no small feat) and a 45 minute…

Welcome to San Francisco International Airport

Here we are at San Francisco International  Airport, waiting for our flight from SFO -> CDG ->AMM.  To kick off our journey to the MENA region, Lisa, one of the other mentors, bought some Nuts and Chews from See’s Candies (an SF specialty) to share.  Yum! Because the week has been pretty busy with trying…

I’m going to Jordan (with the TechWomen delegation)!

As you may know, I was a cultural mentor for the most fantastic woman from Egypt for the U.S. State Department’s TechWomen program in 2012.  TechWomen brings women from the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region and (now) sub-Saharan Africa to the U.S. for an internship and leadership program. Being a mentor in this…