That's how Dana Adam describes her experience riding a motorcycle — a Harley-Davidson, no less — across the expansive highways of Dubai.
Dana Adam isn't her real name; she's using a pseudonym because she's from a powerful, conservative family in Yemen, where riding a motorcycle was just a dream. "It's not acceptable in Yemen," she says. "No lady rides on a bike. My family never let me do it."
When Bill Lane visits Cuba he looks at the roads. It's not that he's a veteran traveler to Cuba even though he's visited three times since 1998. Lane works for Caterpillar. His company sells paving machines, road graders, bulldozers and other heavy equipment used to build and repair roads.
Every day, ferries come and go from the ferry terminal at Key West's historic seaport. For now, they're carrying passengers to Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west, or from Fort Myers Beach and Marco Island on Florida's Gulf Coast.
But many on the island hope the ferry traffic to Key West will soon regain one of its historic destinations: Havana. Earlier this month, the Obama administration took another big step toward normalizing relations with Cuba when it issued licenses to at least four companies to run ferries between the U.S. and Cuba.
The thrill may be gone now that blues legend B.B. King is dead, but it's not just his countrymen who are feeling the loss. King's voice and guitar influenced people around the world, and we asked some of his international fans to share their memories of the musician who passed away on Friday at age 89.
One story comes from the Wall Street Journal’s David Luhnow, who tweeted about the night in 1992 when King came to Mexico City to perform.
In God Loves Haiti, Dimitry Elias Léger's debut novel, the wicked, impulsive main character is a natural disaster.
The locals dubbed it "goudou-goudou," an onomatopoeic description for the massive earthquake that devastated the capital, Port-au-Prince, in 2010. The calamity is ever-present in Léger's tale of a love triangle that probes the limits of faith and loyalty.
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for the 2013 killings before thousands of people in Boston's Back Bay.
The jury's decision came after 14 hours of deliberations.
One by one the jury was asked about aggravating conditions — and decided that Tsarnaev, 19, did not show remorse and there was little evidence to show he would not commit another crime. "Killing innocents," prosecutor Steven Mellin said, "was the whole point."
Growing up in India in the '80s, we had only one television channel. News was state sponsored and everything in the programming, including commercials, was meant to promote good values. Women took care of the family and men took care of everything else — including taking the wife shopping to buy her a pressure cooker.
The state of Florida is known for its great weather -- the state’s official nickname, after all, is the “Sunshine State.” But try selling solar energy in Florida and you’re likely to get a chilly reception, says a Miami-based founder of a solar startup.
Ludovic Roche, co-founder of PWRstation, claims that when it came to keeping his company’s headquarters in Miami, he and business partner, Robert Albertella, were encouraged to take the better offer and leave the U.S.
President Barack Obama hosted the leaders of six Persian Gulf nations at Camp David this week, but King Salman of Saudi Arabia, the closest US ally in the region, declined to show up.
Perhaps the Saudi king knew that no major defense pact would be penned at the meeting, nor would new advanced weapons systems sought by the Saudis be approved. Yet his absence was still widely seen as a pointed snub, something the kingdom denies.