Hanging in Pakistan – Nine Years Later

November 10, 2016

I was wandering through the aisles of Springs Mart, a grocery store in Karachi, Pakistan, studying everything. A supermarket isn’t a big deal but checking one out in another country is always fascinating to me. I saw stuff that I’m used to seeing in markets here but then there were also items I had never […]

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Drinking Coffee in the Bay

September 8, 2015

I was eating my salmon at a pretty rapid pace and the waiter had just filled my water glass for the third time at a Peruvian restaurant in Portreo Hill when I felt the need to tell the friends I was with something: “Just giving you all a heads up, I think the coffee is […]

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Coffee in our Nation’s Capital

June 1, 2015

Over Memorial Day Weekend, I took a trip over to Virginia for a friend’s wedding reception. My hotel was pretty close to Washington, DC so I spent most of my time driving over to DC in my rental car, my carefully cultivated Pandora station linked to the car’s bluetooth and streaming music over the speakers, […]

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Scenes from a Cafe in Sarajevo

March 18, 2015

When I was in Sarajevo last month, I walked into Cajdzinica Dzirlo-Tea House for some Bosnian coffee on my second full day in the city. I heard that this particular cafe was really good from a couple of sources and had been looking forward to checking it out. At that point, I already had Bosnian […]

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Watching Through a Scope

February 23, 2015

Back when I used to play video games, there was one weapon that was prevalent in most of the games I played that I loved to use – the sniper rifle. I remember when the first Halo came out and how fun the game was with the sniper rifle. As Master Chief, you would line […]

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Wandering Through Bosnia

February 19, 2015

It was 11pm for me in Sarajevo when I got a text message from my mobile service provider saying that my data roaming usage was in excess of 100 bucks. I did use data roaming for a bit but I bought a international data package before I left the U.S. of A on my trip […]

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Five Cups of Tea

February 10, 2015

The last time I was in Istanbul, I had made the assumption that Turkish coffee was consumed all the time and I had made a point to seek it out (check out my blog post on Turkish coffee). While it’s still definitely a thing here to drink Turkish coffee, with it being on the menu […]

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Coffee in Portland Part II (Full Disclosure, There was never a Part I)

February 4, 2015

“You know a macchiato is a small espresso drink, right?” The cashier told me almost hesitantly. I was at Stumptown Coffee in downtown Portland on 3rd street and had just ordered a macchiato. The cashier asked me the question about without being the least bit rude. From the way she approached the question, I could […]

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Traveling While Muslim – Interview With Haroon Moghul

October 10, 2014

A couple of years ago, my sister and I were part of a “Islamic Heritage” tour in Spain with about 40 people. Haroon Moghul was our illustrious tour guide, painting the history of a particular place as we made our way through Andalucia. His lectures throughout the journey enhanced the trip and for me, instilled […]

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Volunteering in Detroit

September 7, 2014

Shortly after registering for the ISNA conference (see last post), I got an email about a  community service opportunity for one of the mornings of the conference on behalf of a group called Dream of Detroit. Here’s a short description of Dream of Detroit from their website: Dream of Detroit is a Muslim-led initiative that’s […]

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