Mar 262016
 
Wandering the Gold and Spice Souks of Deira, Dubai

During my 9-day trip to Dubai, pregnant and alone, I delighted in wandering the Gold and Spice Souks: Luscious markets located in the Deira neighborhood of Dubai. Walk with me now to take in the sights!

Deira is the old-time commercial heart of Dubai, featuring winding, stall-filled streets that harken back to the early years of the city before the mega-malls were built. (You know: those malls that are so big, a ski mountain could fit [...Read More!]

Jan 022016
 
The Surprising Truth About the Best Food in Dubai

One of the best parts of traveling is tasting the local food, but there is a surprising catch to eating in Dubai: Over 75% of the population of the United Arab Emirates is foreign, meaning that it is far easier to find U.S. and European restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory and Coldstone Creamery than Emirati cuisine!

Luckily, during my travels in Dubai, wise hosts guided me to the top Emirati restaurant in the city — a [...Read More!]

Nov 252015
 
Maternity Dresses: 8 Secrets for Fashion and Comfort

Now in the third trimester of my second pregnancy, I’ve made enough maternity fashion mistakes to confidently give you the skinny (er, plumpie?) on how to buy dresses for comfort and cuteness as your bump grows. To illustrate each point, I’ve partnered with my favorite dress brand, Leota, which was started by my college friend Sarah, and was just named one of the 50 fastest growing women-led companies in America by Forbes Magazine!

I [...Read More!]

Nov 082015
 
Cuddling Live Penguins in Dubai?! I Promise This is Real!

“Why aren’t you kissing the penguin?” asked the trainer. “Go on, put your lips on the penguin’s head!” I drew closer, puckering my lips, but hovering a centimeter from the downy feathers.

“Are you scared?” asked the trainer.

“I’m pregnant!” I replied. “I know pregnant women aren’t supposed to eat raw fish, and smooching a penguin seems a similar concept.”

“Oh, ok,” the man agreed. “No need to kiss, then. Just cuddle.”

I obliged, stroking the soft [...Read More!]

Nov 022015
 
Why I Traveled to Dubai, 5 Months Pregnant and Alone!

Just because you are married, have children, or are pregnant, it does not mean you must give up your passions… even if one of those passions is traveling alone!

In a wild incarnation of this anthem, I’ve just returned from a solo 9-day trip in the United Arab Emirates, and — ohh — did it ever satisfy a hunger! But how in the world did this trip come to be?

The story starts in 2014 when [...Read More!]

Dec 272009
 
Bangkok to Rome, Via Dubai!

I have just woken up in a drafty high-ceilinged room in Rome, surrounded by five fifteen year old Italian boys and one sweet college lad from Hong Kong named Himmy. Did you know that “Mixed Gender Hostel Dorm” actually means, “Lots-a Boys”?

The Italian fellows are gesturing wildly as they explain to us how they are traveling for ten days and will need loads of presents to make it up [...Read More!]