Jordan

Ahlan wa Sahlan and welcome to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan! This small desert nation—located smack in the middle of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Israel, and the Palestinian territories—is a crossroads of culture and politics famous for its willingness to accept refugees from across the war-torn Middle East. During our first globetrot of November, were…

Japan

Konnichiwa! This weekend finds us globetrotting in Japan. In the interest of transparency, I’ll admit upfront that Derek and I both have a longtime interest in Japanese culture. Finding items in our apartment that are either Japanese in origin, about Japanese culture, or inspired by Japan for a cover photo was easy—we may have even…

Jamaica

Good morning from Jamaica! Our first excusion within the letter J brought us to North America’s third-largest anglophone country, after the United States and Canada, located in the Caribbean Sea just south of Cuba. Although its indigenous inhabitants were tragically wiped out long ago, Jamaica has become a melting pot for peoples and cultures from…

Recap: The G’s, H’s and I’s

(Note: since we included our detours to Germany and Greece in our last recap, we’ll leave them out of the discussion here. Iceland, another detour, was covered in an earlier recap.) Favorite home-cooked meal: Jess: My choice happens to be two of the most time-intensive dishes I made, the Georgian khachapuri and the Guatemalan tamales. Would I make…

Italy

Benvenuto in Italia! Welcome to Italy! In my introduction to our Irish globetrot, I had talked about how some aspects of Irish culture, particularly St. Patrick’s Day, have seeped into American culture. I think Italy is similar, especially with regards to Italian or Italian-inspired cuisine in the United States–at this point, most Americans probably don’t…

Israel

Shalom! We grabbed our passports again just a week after visiting the beautiful Emerald Isle for a country that, although not as green, has long been known as the land of milk and honey. From delicious food and inspiring music to confusing politics and even a secret nuclear weapons program, the State of Israel would give…

Ireland

Dia dhuit! Hello from the Emerald Isle, aka Ireland. Having lived in Boston, we’re familiar with American interpretations of Irish culture, especially around St. Patrick’s Day: corned beef and cabbage, beer, and shamrocks galore. There’s that saying that everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day–I’m most definitely not Irish most days of the year, though Derek…

Iraq

Asalaamu alaikum from a country that was once the cradle of civilization, later the center of the Islamic Golden Age, and most recently the subject of a misguided invasion by the United States of America. That’s right: we spent the weekend learning about the Republic of Iraq.

Iran

Salam! This weekend finds us globetrotting in Iran. As Americans, the chances of us actually going to Iran someday are slim. Currently, U.S. citizens cannot travel in Iran independently, and are only permitted to travel on tours, following guided itineraries. (This is also true in at least one other country we’ve globetrotted to so far,…

Indonesia

Selamat pagi! Good morning from Indonesia, a country with a long list of impressive distinctions. In terms of population: Indonesia is the world’s most populous island nation, most populous Muslim nation, and the fourth most populous country overall—just behind the United States. In terms of geography: Indonesia is a transcontinental country situated between Asia and Australia,…