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EXPERTISE
Arabic Culture & Studies
History - Art & Culture
History - Social
Travel & Destinations
World Affairs
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BIOGRAPHY
Focusing on specialized history, cultural insights and intriguing stories about destinations, Barbara’s proficiency derives from her background as an international correspondent for 25 years.

Based in Paris, London, and Washington, D.C., she reported from 46 countries while covering issues ranging from the Middle East Peace Talks, foreign policy, Parisian haute couture and was even an embedded war correspondent.

Her unique professional perspectives enable her to speak with any audience about different cultures, regions, peoples, and history with conviction, compassion, and often humor.

A specialist on Arab affairs, Barbara was embedded with the U.S. Marines when the US invaded Iraq. Due to her knowledge in international affairs, and her work with Marines and Iraqi civilians in Iraq, the US Marine Corps hired her as a Subject Matter Expert at their operational culture center in Quantico, VA.

Barbara currently works as an International Affairs Analyst in Cybersecurity at the US Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC.

She is also an adjunct professor in media and communications at Marine Corps University (Quantico), and teaches military generals and senior officials about Arab culture and Islam at National Defense University (Washington, DC).

Barbara speaks fluent French and conversational Arabic.


PRESENTATIONS
COVID VACCINATED - PFIZER


TOPICS and DESTINATIONS:


TOPICS:

THE ANDALUSIAN: 'HORSE OF KINGS, THIEF OF HEARTS'
A living treasure from Europe’s past, the Spanish Andalusian horse has for centuries been renowned for its great spirit and courage.

ARABIAN OUD – 'THE SCENT of PARADISE'
'Oud' is a musky, unmistakable scent. Selling for as much as $250,000 a kilo, Oud is the perfume industry's most expensive raw ingredient.

FROM CLEOPATRA TO CHANEL - THE ALCHEMY of PERFUME
For centuries people have taken instinctive pleasure in rubbing scent into their skin and using it to pray, heal, gird themselves for battle, or to entice a new lover.

COFFEE: The “DEVIL'S CONCOCTION”
The history of coffee is a swashbuckling adventure spanning a thousand years, filled with death-defying escapes, international intrigue and - oh yes! - torrid romance.

THE OLIVE in the ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN
Homer called olive oil "liquid gold."

PORTUGAL'S PORT WINE – ITS CURIOUS BOLD HISTORY
Port has fascinated and stimulated the palates of connoisseurs long before the Romans conquered the Iberian Peninsula in 230 BCE.

SILK - THE SINGLE THREAD THAT ENSNARED THE WORLD
What do you usually associate with silk?

TEA - 'THE GIFT of GODS'
The history of tea is as murky as an over-brewed pot of Lapsang Souchong…

DESTINATIONS:

CROATIA - 'THE PEARL of the ADRIATIC'
Croats don’t call their country Croatia, and they don’t speak Croatian.

DUBAI – 'THE CITY of GOLD'
Most famous of the seven Emirates, Dubai has become a ‘Hot Spot’ for those seeking glamour, ostentatious luxury, and indulgence.

GREECE - Is It 'ALL GREEK' To You?
“Not worth his salt,” “To take the bull by the horns,” “It’s all Greek to me”

MALTA’S MACABRE ANTIQUITIES
Malta is not only home to charming towns and villages but also countless megaliths, medieval dungeons, and secret burial chambers.

MONACO - ‘THE ROCK and the GRIMALDI ROYALS: THEIR ENTWINED HISTORY'
The history of Monaco goes back to a very large rock, where Hercules dedicated a temple to himself.

PETRA – 'THE ROSE CITY'S UNREVEALED SECRETS'
One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Petra has been inhabited for over 10,000 years.

SEYCHELLES – 'THE LAND of PERPETUAL SUMMER'
One of the smallest countries in the world – the 115-island archipelago sits just off mainland East Africa in the Indian Ocean.

SRI LANKA (CEYLON) – 'THE TEARDROP of INDIA'
Colombo, with its large harbor and strategic position on the East-West Trade route, has been a flourishing seaport since the 5th century.

THE SUEZ CANAL – THE ‘CANAL of the KINGS’
The longest canal in the world without locks, pharaohs created the first waterway connecting the Mediterranean and Red Seas in 1850 BC – that’s 4,000 years ago.

SULTANATE OF OMAN – 'THE PEARL of ARABIA'
Once just known for its fragrant frankincense and the birthplace of Sinbad the Sailor, Oman is a virgin tourist destination.

The SEVEN UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
There's Dubai and Abu Dhabi... But wait, there are a total of SEVEN Emirates -- what about those other five?
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
LECTURED ONBOARD THE QUEEN MARY 2 WORLD VOYAGE, FROM HAIFA TO COLOMBO, JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2020

Focusing on specialized history, cultural insights and intriguing stories about destinations, Barbara’s proficiency derives from her background as an international correspondent for 25 years.
Based in Paris and London for 18 years before being transferred to Washington, D.C., she reported from 46 countries.
Her unique professional perspectives enable her to speak with any audience about different cultures, regions, peoples, and history with conviction, compassion, and often humor.
Barbara speaks fluent French and conversational Arabic.

ADDITIONAL RELEVANT INFORMATION
Fully vaccinated. Pfizer.
March 2021
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Queen Mary 2 M001 World Cruise Sector 17 Haifa Friday, January 10, 2020