TAFLINE, Contributing Writer: For the past 7 months I've bounced between 8 different countries, most of those in the Middle East, in order to get a grip on the environmental situation for my work both here at Inhabitat and Green Prophet. Although this extended tour was often challenging as a solo female traveler, there's a lot to be thankful for. For starters, I was able to attend the London Design Festival, where I got to see the world's first LEGO greenhouse in person; I met numerous people who are striving against incredible odds to green the planet - including the talented Egyptian Solar Decathlon team. Even though I often battled to find a decent internet connection in the middle of remote deserts, my editors worked with me every step of the way to bring fresh content to our amazing site. And despite my sometimes dubious adventures, my family continues to support me unconditionally, for which I thank my lucky stars every day. But being in this volatile region during the Arab Spring (with people fighting hard to have a voice) has made me especially grateful for my peers, who are all so empowered, fun, and inspiring. I'm in a non-Thanksgiving-celebrating country this weekend, but I'll be Skyping my folks back home… it always was my favorite holiday. Have a great holiday everybody!
(This rather bedraggled image of me was taken at the top of Mt. Toubkal in Morocco - the highest point of North Africa.)