Somewhere over #Russia

Somewhere over #Russia

Tripod Lessons Learned:

1) Nice tripods are worth the expense. I was obsessed with my sexy new #Manfrotto until…

2) Never ever get sand in your nice, new tripod. Mine is no longer nice and no longer new. 

3) Never joke with airport security about how it resembles an RPG (I swear, they started it). 

4) Should an airline loose your expensive tripod (twice!!), forcing you to purchase a cheap one until they find it, you will find yourself so frustrated that you must stop filming to chug a beer (that also happened twice) 😳

Tripod Lessons Learned:

1) Nice tripods are worth the expense. I was obsessed with my sexy new #Manfrotto until…

2) Never ever get sand in your nice, new tripod. Mine is no longer nice and no longer new.

3) Never joke with airport security about how it resembles an RPG (I swear, they started it).

4) Should an airline loose your expensive tripod (twice!!), forcing you to purchase a cheap one until they find it, you will find yourself so frustrated that you must stop filming to chug a beer (that also happened twice) 😳

Somewhere over #Iraq from a few days ago. Still in China, but transfixed on what’s happening in the Middle East.

Somewhere over #Iraq from a few days ago. Still in China, but transfixed on what’s happening in the Middle East.

Grosvernor House Dubai.  A 15 second teaser of my film for Starwood Resorts and some final thoughts on Dubai…

1) Dubai. Wow. Exceeded every expectation. It’s the Las Vegas of the Middle East, but with more culture, class, and clothes. 

2) Speaking of clothes, as a western woman traveling alone, I was curious how I’d be received in an Islamic country. Not only was I treated with the utmost respect, but I felt more safe in Dubai than in parts of D.C. All hail those harsh penalties! (provided you’re not the offender)

3) Grosvernor House Dubai. I love you. I’m sad I had to leave you. Not only are you beautiful inside and out, but your staff made me feel like an Arabian princess. From finding my lost tripod to arranging a last-minute shoot on a private rooftop terrace, thank you for making my work feel like a vacation. And that nightlife? Let’s just say I look forward to taking full advantage of your evening exploits when I don’t have to be up for a sunrise shoot. 

Now back to China, where I only have 48 hours to film in Shanghai alongside Tropical Storm Fung-Wong.

Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa in Dubai.  One of the most spectacular places I’ve ever seen and filmed. 

Filming the #spglife in the Dubai desert

Filming the #spglife in the Dubai desert

My first day in #Dubai and I’m spending it… at the Chinese Consulate. In a very long line. 😡 (at Chinese Consulate General of Dubai)

My first day in #Dubai and I’m spending it… at the Chinese Consulate. In a very long line. 😡 (at Chinese Consulate General of Dubai)

Taking a dip in the corporate world. One-man-banding a documentary for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Just wrapped production in Ireland.  Next stop… Dubai!! ✈️ (at Manchester Airport)

Taking a dip in the corporate world. One-man-banding a documentary for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Just wrapped production in Ireland. Next stop… Dubai!! ✈️ (at Manchester Airport)

20+ hours in airplane mode has led to a serious obsession with photo editing apps 😳

20+ hours in airplane mode has led to a serious obsession with photo editing apps 😳

Miss you already my AstroMom  #ase #associationofspaceexplorers  (at Beijing Capital International Airport)

Miss you already my AstroMom #ase #associationofspaceexplorers (at Beijing Capital International Airport)

Today I became one of the few Americans to ever see China’s “Space City.” Can’t share more until back in the U.S. But in the meantime, stew on this… bed jumping training?? #ase #associationofspaceexplorers #space #nasa #Beijing #China

Today I became one of the few Americans to ever see China’s “Space City.” Can’t share more until back in the U.S. But in the meantime, stew on this… bed jumping training?? #ase #associationofspaceexplorers #space #nasa #Beijing #China

#naptime  (at Beijing 北京)

#naptime (at Beijing 北京)

#templeofheaven #Beijing  (at Temple of Heaven)

#templeofheaven #Beijing (at Temple of Heaven)

#ForbiddenCity #Beijing #Canon6D (at Forbidden City 故宫, Beijing)

#ForbiddenCity #Beijing #Canon6D (at Forbidden City 故宫, Beijing)

The only thing more challenging than packing for #BurningMan2014 was packing for this trip… Beijing to Dublin to Dubai to Shanghai… all in one month and with all of my gear.  Attending the Association of Space Explorers’ Planetary Congress in Beijing, then one-man-banding a documentary for Starwood Hotels & Resorts.  Back stateside in about a month (hopefully just in time for TW :) (at Beijing Capital International Airport | 北京首都国际机场 (Airport Road, Beijing))

The only thing more challenging than packing for #BurningMan2014 was packing for this trip… Beijing to Dublin to Dubai to Shanghai… all in one month and with all of my gear. Attending the Association of Space Explorers’ Planetary Congress in Beijing, then one-man-banding a documentary for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Back stateside in about a month (hopefully just in time for TW :) (at Beijing Capital International Airport | 北京首都国际机场 (Airport Road, Beijing))