I recently got a digital camera for my birthday and have been having fun learning how to use it. I’ve been all over town playing tourist and have already learned a lot through trial and error. Here are some of my camera tips for beginners.
1. Use it!
Get out there and use that camera. Yes, your pictures will be beginner pictures.
Vanessa arrives to the restaurant wearing a casual off the shoulder top, black yoga pants, a large smile, and huge fake nails. When she comes through the door to the patio people immediately take notice and stare. She is loud, funny, and charming even when voicing complaints to the manager. You see, Vanessa has been coming to Café Latino for years and sending visitors to Cairo there to eat as well and she has some things she wants the management to change.
Have you traveled to the Middle East and are now missing the food and entertainment? Curious about bellydancing? Love hummus or baklava? Seattle has a surprising number of restaurants where you can see a bellydancer with your meal.
On my way from Thailand to Jordan I decided to make a stopover in Dubai since the flight was so long. Seven hours after leaving Bangkok I arrived in UAE with just 24 hours until my flight to Amman, Jordan.
Mark twain famously noted that “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
Besides expanding your mind, here are some other things I love about travel!
Two of my loves in life: travel and belly dance. So what could be better than putting them together and traveling for belly dance, am I right? But before you grab your hip scarf and zills, and run out to sign up for the next out of town dance workshop or retreat, it’s best to make sure you know exactly what you’re signing up. That way you can ensure that you have the best possible experience.
I’ve traveled twice out of the country for week-long belly dance retreats. One was great: well-managed, organized, and excellent instruction. The other was not so great: disorganized, failed to provide all elements paid for, and overall left a great deal to be desired.
So how can you avoid the pitfalls of poorly managed and executed dance retreats and instead find your way to the retreat of your dream...
You may be a newbie, a student, a hobbyist, or a professional – all are welcome here. Or perhaps you aren’t an artist at all but are living vicariously through others who are. Regardless of where you are in your experience we are here on a journey together. Let’s get started!