Sydney’s Wildlife

It seems no trip to Australia would be complete without some type of encounter with its iconic animals: koalas and kangaroos. We were able to see them and dozens of other strange and amazing creatures—wallabies, echidnas and the endangered bilbies—while visiting Sydney’s Taronga Zoo and its Wildlife World. I’m not one who normally likes zoos, seeing animals caged… Read More

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is Australia’s most recognizable building and Sydney’s most famous landmark. Based on its design and construction, the Sydney Opera House is an icon of Australia’s creative and technical achievement and considered a masterpiece of 20th century architecture. Viewed from the air, a ferry, or by foot, the vision of its soaring… Read More

A Little Piece of Yemen

In my last edition of Petit World, I showed a picture of the following structure and asked you to guess its name and its locale. The hint I provided was: the structure is a former palace. It looks as if it has grown from the rocks. An iconic symbol of the country of it’s origin,… Read More

Petit World: What and Where is this?

Bienvenue again to the Petit World series which features faces, places, architecture and other cultural aspects of life from across the globe. In our last edition of the Petit World series, I showed you photographs of the faces of two beautifully exotic women and asked you to guess where they were from. I received several correct responses,… Read More

A Portrait of Empowerment

Knowledge is the food of the soul.  – Plato As September 8th was International Literacy Day, I was reminded of a trip I took to a remote village in Bangladesh a few years ago. I had gone to visit a successful Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP) that was implemented by the organization I worked for at… Read More