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Nicole Griffin

Learning to Fly

I worked in office settings on and off for ten years.  The offs were grad school and travel (that I always felt like I was scheming and stealing to maintain my sanity).  The last job that I had, I hated.  I had studied International Business and Arabic in grad school and felt very passionate about working to create economic opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa.  I moved to DC after graduation and struggled to find a full time job in my field.  After six months of couch surfing and interviewing, I finally accepted a job completely outside of my field.  I then spend the next 2.5 years working in dental education.  I think the universe was definitely sending me a strong message/playing me for a fool because wtf random landing is that? Read More

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Nicole Griffin

Picture Yourself in Morocco....

Picture yourself floating in a hot air balloon, taking in the bustle of Marrakech from above.  Suddenly the din of the mopeds, the snake charmers, and the calls to prayer fade out and all you can see is color.  The pink ochre architecture, the green palm trees, the bright blue sky, and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains resemble a soft landscape painting.  You are aware of activity below, but you float above it, peacefully, gaining a new perspective on the hustle as you buoy through the sky. Now picture yourself sitting in a beautiful, lush garden, sipping tea from a glass packed with fresh mint leaves.  Read More

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Nicole Griffin

This is the blog that I created after spending a year abroad in the Middle East and North Africa.  My intention was to share my love of the region and to positively influencie perceptions of the MENA region to encourage engagement and investment.

 

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