What Sexism Tastes Like in Istanbul

This blog was originally posted in The Huffington Post on January 14, 2014. It's 3:00 in the afternoon in Istanbul. I've hit all the major sights and have had a wonderful time wandering the labyrinthine streets on my third day in this world-class cultural mecca. I'm just out of the lesser-visited, but spectacularly-preserved Church of the Holy Savior in Chora. I'm cold. I'm … [Read more...]

Thank You, Beirut. Your Friend, Dubai.

This blog first appeared on April 24, 2013 in The Huffington Post. Before I left for my trip to Lebanon this December, my 84-year-old neighbor told me about the fantastic nightlife in Beirut. She had visited the city after World War II, while her husband was stationed in Europe. She told me about Beirut's unique blend of European sophistication and liberal leanings in an … [Read more...]