Frankfurt Layover Fun

On my way to and from Jordan last month, I had two ~6 hour layovers in Frankfurt, Germany.  The idea of hanging out in the airport for all that time wasn’t super appealing, so I went into the city to explore a bit. I went through Passport control, joking with the officer there that “I have…

Singapore: an excellent place to eat

In Singapore, when someone’s friends ask “Where are you taking your friend from out of town?” they tend to mean “Where are you taking your friend to eat?” Food is a big deal in Singapore, as I discovered when I visited with friends from undergrad, Holly and her husband.  Fortunately for me, they were excellent…

Tropical diseases are no fun.

It’s been a while since my last post.  I’ve been busy wrapping up at my old job and starting a new job at Thismoment, where I joined the engineering team almost a month ago! Of course, that’s not all that’s been going on.  Two days after returning home from Singapore where I visited some friends…

In Mumbai, Dharavi slum tour

After leaving Bangladesh, I headed to Mumbai to meet up with a former colleague of mine, M and her daughter who have been living in Chennai for the last two years.  We spent the evenings enjoying the snacks at the hotel; the snacks at the Mumbai Grand Hyatt are excellent and they have non-Indian wine….

Quick update

Last night was the graduation dinner for the AUW graduates. It was very enjoyable, and fun to sit with a group of Cambodian students, along with a current professor, a Bangladeshi student, and a Nepalese student. So much fun to talk with them and catch up. Today was commencement, and it was so very nice…

Arrived in Bangkok

I’m now ensconced in the nice Bangkok hotel that my (favorite) BF booked with points for me. A few observations before bed: – Bangkok is much more developed/ built up than it was 11 years ago.  There’s a new airport and many new highways that put even Southern CA’s to shame. – But the night…

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…