How Zeina travels the world with her Iraqi Passport

As of January 2018, Germany was ranked as having the most powerful passport in the world. I have seen first hand what having a powerful passport can do and unfortunately, I have also seen how people with "unfavorable" passports are treated. It's disappointing to realize that a little booklet can enhance or limit the opportunities you [...]

2018-02-20T20:33:26+00:00 February 19th, 2018|HGT Explorers|15 Comments

Ramadan in Texas: 30 days and 30 mosques.

I would like to highlight a special someone this new year.  Nahela Morales, a Texan local took on an adventurous quest on Ramadan 2017.  Nahela and her son, Andrew started the movement #30Mosquesin30days where they spent the full 30 days of Ramadan in 30 different mosques across the state of Texas. They started in their [...]

2018-01-07T22:11:27+00:00 December 31st, 2017|What's Your Story|0 Comments

A Muslim girl’s solo trip to Iceland

Last Month, we read about Sana's emotional trip to Jerusalem. Traveling comes with bravery in its own form, it could be visiting a conflicted region or treading down a road less taken just like Yasmin. Yasmin decided to ticket off one of her Pinterest bucket lists, despite the misunderstanding of her family and friends. Here [...]

2018-02-17T05:02:28+00:00 December 19th, 2017|HGT Explorers|4 Comments

Budget friendly things to do in Toledo, Spain

Toledo is one the cities in Spain that I had to visit for many reasons.  I grew up in Toledo, OH and I was curious to know how life was like in the sister city. Another reason was to relearn history out of the classroom. My Spanish professor talked a lot about Toledo during our [...]

2018-02-21T14:18:40+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Spain|4 Comments

Brave Muslim Photographer visits Jerusalem

We often learn about Palestine or Isreal through the news. The Isreali-Palestinian conflict is a controversial topic that many of us (me included) don't know the full, true and unbiased story. Most importantly, we are unaware of how life is like for the locals. Sana, a George Washington photojournalist was given the opportunity to live [...]

2017-11-21T16:26:50+00:00 November 21st, 2017|HGT Explorers|11 Comments

1 day Valencia Itinerary

In March 2016, I spent about 18 hours in Valencia for the annual Fallas Celebration.  This is a week-long event whereby massive caricatures of politicians, celebrities, cartoons and other popular figure effigies are being paraded around the city. I recommend you to experience this moment once in your life. There is a huge emphasis on once! If [...]

2018-02-23T03:49:45+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Spain|3 Comments

How this Lawyer lived as a Nomad in Mongolia

I'll have to admit that when it comes to certain parts of the world, I'm pretty ignorant. For a very long time, my knowledge of Mongolia was from the brief 2 hours feature of the scary looking Shan Yu and his angry eagle in Disney's Mulan. As I got older I started learning more about [...]

2017-11-18T14:50:37+00:00 October 24th, 2017|HGT Explorers|16 Comments

10 Traditional Turkish Foods you must try!

When talking about Turkish food most people only know Döner Kebab or Turkish coffee or the famous Turkish Delight. Turkey has many more delicious platers that are worth discovering. Here is a list of 10 traditional Turkish foods you must try. Kumpir: This is my favorite traditional Turkish food because it's delicious and filling. Kumpir [...]

2017-10-21T00:48:06+00:00 October 18th, 2017|FOOD, Turkey|9 Comments

My most vulnerable moment

There was only 20% battery life on my phone and today was the last day I could go shopping. "My sister and friends would never forgive me if I don't get them anything. What can I do?" I was getting worried. My Turkish was poor because of that I didn't want to ask any stranger [...]

2017-09-14T16:58:37+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Journal, Turkey, Videos|9 Comments