A first-person story about my experience during my first ten days volunteering in a humanitarian capacity at the Polish/Ukrainian border. Written for the Detroit Jewish News, the story references my family's history and a song from Fiddler on the Roof.
Rosa Slade Gragg wasn’t a woman to take no for an answer. So, in 1941, when neighborhood rules wouldn’t allow her to live in a house she wanted to buy in Midtown Detroit because of the color of her skin, Gragg found a creative solution. The organizer and activist had spent a lifetime opening doors previously closed to Black women. Now, she decided, she would just move the door.
Before the conflict between Russia and Ukraine started last month, African students made up nearly a quarter of the over 80,000 foreign students in Ukraine.
African students left their homes and families to receive a good education. Now a war that has little to do with them, has interrupted their education and forced them to flee for their lives towards an uncertain future.
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Around five years ago, mini statues began appearing around Budapest, adding a new dimension to the UNESCO World Heritage Site for those with a keen eye. For this story, I interviewed the artist Mihály Kolodko about his unusual statues and the meanings behind them.
Tested and reviewed tech-enhanced luggage for Scouted, the product and shopping section of The Daily Beast. Also wrote a shortened version for optional publication in The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet section.
I wrote this piece for National Geographic about my hometown of Detroit, Michigan. It involved quite a bit of research and interviews.
Once a year a competition is held to choose Hungary's National Cake. This piece, commissioned by CNN Travel, tells readers about the 2019 competition and winner of the award and came from interviews with the winning confectioner and the Confederate of Hungarian Confectioners (along with a tasting of the cake, of course).
How to do a long stay the right way.
What do you do when you’re traveling somewhere and plan to stay for more than a few days? Where do you make your temporary abode? Staying with family or friends for an extended period can be, well, less than ideal if you want to continue to have healthy relationships. Apartments often come unfurnished and with longer lease requirements than you might be able to commit to. An Airbnb is an option, but others might be a better fit for your location and budget...
The Emerald Azzurra from Emerald Yacht Cruises—the new sister brand to Emerald Waterways—is a game-changer. Here’s why to put this new super yacht on your radar.
Pop quiz: What happens when a river cruise line decides to conquer a larger body of water?
For Emerald Waterways, the amazing result is the Emerald Azzurra—an innovative, luxurious 100-guest super yacht scheduled to debut in July of 2021. It’s an exciting new venture for this cruise line, which has ruled the rivers of Europe since 20...
How do travel influencers and bloggers make their money? And what do they do during a pandemic? Readers will have a greater understanding of the industry and the pivoting required to stay afloat.
This feature story for Unearth Magazine (print) profiles Rose Mapendo, a Congolese death camp survivor, United Nations Humanitarian of the Year award winner, CNN Hero nominee, Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year for Gender Equality and Volvo for Life winner. It's a result of lengthy interviews with Ms. Mapendo and a humanitarian aid worker who assisted in getting her, her family, and their fellow captives out of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.