STORIES

If Only

If Only If only… If only adventure was like some sort of sickness, and the cure could be found with some sort of cleanse, to flush the need for such things out of the body. Since I began journeying into the wilder places of the world, adventure has only become more intriguing, more provocative. The […]

History Lessons

I’m not going to pretend I’m a historian. The American public school system offers little  knowledge of the Middle East’s cultural history beyond the belief that Mesopotamia was one of our world’s earliest established civilizations. The American public school system also doesn’t promote mountain biking as a way to learn world history. That being said, […]

Peace Be Unto You

Peace Be Unto You “Salaam Alaikum!” we proclaimed. Of our utterly dismal knowledge of Arabic, the common greeting, which literally translates to “peace be unto you”, had become a pillar of our daily social interactions. “Alaikum Salaam!” became the response we also had grown accustomed to receiving.  The man on the side of the road […]

Arrival

Arrival “Ladies and gentlemen, as we start our descent, please make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright position.” You look out the window. It’s dusk. There’s a haze to the air, and through it, mountain ridges stick out into the sky. You begin to wonder if it’s haze or a […]