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Source: Wikimedia Commons by John Crane: The Grand Mosque in Touba

DDakar, the capital, is probably better known in Senegal for an outsider than Touba. However, Touba is the holiest place in the country where you have to be clear with the rules. To approach the tomb of Ahmadou Bamba, visitors must cover their arms, legs, and women their hair as…

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Chaplin, with his famous cane in hand, watches over the passers-by at the promenade. Enormous graffiti of his movies cover building facades, while the “Modern Times Hotel,” named after one of his favorite movies, welcomes visitors.

All these are reminders that Charlie Chaplin spent the last 25 years of his…

Photo by Agnes Simigh_Graffiti in Comuna 13, Medellín

“I grew up here; I will tell you everything. You will have a good tour, I promise! And I even let you have a glimpse into my private life. But if you do not behave respectfully with the locals, I swear I will not say anything.” …

Photo by Taylor Deas-Melesh on Unsplash

“We have the opportunity to gain control over our lives. The choice is ours.”- states Edith Eva Eger (everybody calls her Edie), the reputed Hungarian-American psychologist and Holocaust survivor in her international bestseller, “The Choice”, which she wrote at 90.

It is a must-read for everybody who loses control over…

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I have several friends from different cultures across continents, thanks to my extensive travels. Despite our different backgrounds, I came across people who had the same values, mindset and sense of humor. My Indian friend, Lokesh, has become one of my best friends by now.

During my travels throughout Africa…

Chinese traditions

Source: Canva.com/ burning joss paper crafts, a Chinese ritual to pacify the dead spirits

I had one of the weirdest cultural experiences in Malaysia when I learned about how the Chinese people connect to their ancestors after their death. As I walk around the streets on Malacca, I notice some shops selling cars, houses, mobile phones, beer cans, and countless other kinds of stuff…

Rooftop bar in Beirut/Photo by the author

Lebanese people are notorious for their penchant for leisure and indulgence. Lebanon even got labeled by the global media as the party capital of the Middle East called everything from “Party City”, “Amusement Park”, “Nightlife Capital”, “Sex Life”, “Gay and Lesbian Capital” of the Arab world to “Sin city”.

After…

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