Archive for October, 2010

36-Hours in Istanbul

36-Hours in Istanbul

I recently had the opportunity to chaperon a group of students and their professor on a trip to Istanbul related to their course, When There Were Two Europes: Islam and Chistendom, 711-1529. The course explores the economic, political, and cultural asymmetries of the long symbiosis when Europe was divided at the Pyrenees into a Muslim [...]


Saudis in Audis
(Pronounced Sah-oo-dees in Ah-oo-dees)

Saudis in Audis(Pronounced Sah-oo-dees in Ah-oo-dees)

A colleague found these YouTube videos that were created by a comedian in the U.S. They are quite funny and perhaps a bit politically incorrect.


Cheap Fats and Seasonings

Cheap Fats and Seasonings

Beth here. I am shocked by the difference supply and demand makes in prices. I just purchased the following: Fats: Sesame oil Ghee Coconut Cream (Cream of Coconut?) Coconut oil Almond oil Seasonings: Cinnamon Sticks Dry Ginger (didn’t even know this existed!) Dry Mint Whole nutmeg Sumac Cardamom pods Fresh parsley Along with other (less [...]


Brazil v. Iran

Brazil v. Iran

I been watching soccer actively since 2000 and have had the opportunity to see three English Premier League games in person. I’ve actively watched three world cups, but have until yesterday had only seen one international soccer match in person. Last night I got to truly experience “the beautiful game” live and in person. Brazil is [...]


UAE v. Kuwait

UAE v. Kuwait

This is the first of two soccer posts today. Exactly one month ago yesterday was the opening of NYU Abu Dhabi, as well as the occasion of a friendly soccer match between the UAE and Kuwait. I’ll talk more about this in another post, but after you’ve worked 16-hour days for two weeks straight, there’s [...]


Weekend in Fujairah

Weekend in Fujairah

Back in August, Beth and I took a short weekend vacation with several work colleagues to the nearby emirate of Fujairah. Located on the eastern side of the of UAE, Fujairah faces the open ocean rather than the Persian Gulf and is considerably cooler and less humid than Abu Dhabi. The trip was a final [...]