23rd stop: The Balkans

The regional definition of The Balkans is debated to be either cultural and historical or geographical; and comprise Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, and Moldova. Ethnic diversity is one of the region’s characteristic: The Bulgarians, Macedonians, and Slovenes speak their own Slavic languages, while the Slavs of Serbia,…

22nd stop: Russia

Although I am aware of its rich history of influential literature, philosophy, classical music, ballet, painting and architecture; when I think of Russia; I tend to go more negative than positive due to Russia‘s dark history of war and dodgy disasters. Besides what my grandmother told me about the beauty of Moscow, I grew up…

21st stop: Canada

The conflicts in Lebanon lead people to immigrate, particularly Canada which also became the new home of some of my relatives and best friends.  This got my interest diverted to Canada mostly when I was a teenager. I day-dreamed of Canada becoming my future home, I had the application ready with some missing supportive evidence…

20th stop: Spain

Two years ago, I was fortunate to visit Barcelona. I survived on Gaudi’s art and tapas bars for a week and signed off with a Lobster Paella in la Barceloneta before I continued to historical Valencia; I was marvelled with the Spanish landscapes of olive and mandarin trees and finished my trip in the freezing…

19th stop: Brazil

Couple of weeks ago, I put up my first tent in Bondi beach. Just to add perfection, I went to get some food and came across a new Aussie crave: “Açaí na tigela”; a Brazilian delicacy made of frozen and mashed açaí palm fruit from the Amazonian region. Back to my tent with a bowl…

18th stop: Japan

Japanese street food? I must be joking! No I am not! Japanese cuisine is considered one of the World’s greatest and finest cuisines. In the older days, among the upper class, Japanese meal would be brought on serving trays called Zen. In Lebanon, I used to pay high bills for the quality of ingredients and presentation…

17th stop: Greece

I have good vibes for Greece. Having spent some childhood holidays on the Greek Islands; although I couldn’t tell the difference between Beirut and Rhodes; I recall the clearance of the Mediterranean water and my seven years older brother sneaking a peek at Greek women tanning their bare boobs while I was busy playing jackpot…

16th stop: China

I tried Chinese food for years back in Lebanon, only to find out that the Chinese I once knew is called Thai in Australia. 3 years ago, I was invited to a birthday dinner for a guy made in China. I had high expectations to see cashew nuts, bamboo leaves, soy beans, and of course…

15th stop: Australia

When I came to Australia, I paid my first rent in a boarding house occupied by a typical Australian lady called Fay, who was a part time vegetarian and full time patriotic! Her heart was benefiting from the vitamins and minerals she was getting from the fruits and veggies she was consuming daily but would…

14th stop: Jamaica

It’s 5pm on Friday and I just slammed the door of the office announcing it’s the weekend woohoo! I was making my way home when I bumped into a Jamaican kiosk at the noodles market. The guy was rubbing the legs of a beautiful chicken with so much exotic love and spicy herbs… Stir it…

13th Stop: United Kingdom

With the significant development of trawl fishing in the North Sea and the development of railways which connected the ports to major industrial cities in the 19th century, fish and chips became a typical meal among the working classes in England. It is believed that popularity of fish and chips started with Charles Dickens when…

12th stop: United States of America

When I was a kid I grew up watching teenage American movies. There was this typical American street snack that caught my attention in baseball matches. Soon it became a dream that my mother refused to make it come true. When I turned eighteen, I shifted to romantic comedies, and Meg Ryan brought it back…