Mark Samson

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Tragedy from the air… Again

Sadly, too many major tragedies involving airplanes have happened in the last few years.      My heart goes out to all of the people that lost family and friends in the crash of Germanwings flight 4U 9525.  I’m not sure if it just SEEMS like airtravel has become less safe in recent years, or […]

March 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Happy Novruz day! :) AND Happy St. Patty’s Day!!!!

Today is  not only St. Patrick’s Day, but also the annual spring holiday, Novruz in Azerbaijan.  My friend Aysel, from the capital of Baku, was kind enough to tell me about it.  Based on how Aysel described it, it almost sounds like combination of Christmas, Easter, New Year’s,  and Halloween with a slight druidic touch. […]

March 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Finding family…

For most of us, being American means being of immigrant descent. We all came from somewhere else (with the exception of the Native Americans that were already here, of course). Many of us obsess over tracking down the exact dates and places when and where our ancestors settled here. Understanding our roots […]

March 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|2 Comments

International Women’s Day in Russia

Ever heard of International Women’s Day? I hadn’t either, but apparently it is a public holiday carried over from the days of The Soviet Union. It serves as a counterpoint to February 23rd, which is called Defender of the Fatherland Day (also called Red Army day). Originally, this holiday was meant to […]

March 9th, 2015|Current Events|1 Comment

Islam and ISIS… Questions answered

It is impossible today, to turn on the news and not see a new and frightening story about the terrible atrocities being committed by ISIS in the name of Islam around the world. At times like these, we ALL have questions… we ALL want to understand how things like this can happen, and unfortunately, […]

March 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment

The world needs more friends… and fewer enemies.

So… Why do I do all this? Why do I spend my time randomly talking to people all over the world? Because today, everytime you turn on the news, you hear about more enemies… more hate… more difference… more war.

Someone needs to change the narrative.

Someone needs to try to reach […]

February 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Gum, khat, betel-nut and sunflower seeds…

Anyone know what khat is??? I didn’t either, hahaha. Apparently it’s a plant that is commonly grown and cultivated in the North Africa and parts of the Middle-East that has a mild narcotic effect when chewed. I had a really interesting group conversation today with friends from Yemen, Ukraine, Khazakstan, Nepal, […]

February 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|3 Comments

What’s happening in Egypt?

Today, I decided to reach out to one of my friends in Egypt to see what is going on in that part of the world. My friend Ahmed is 30-years-old and lives in Cairo. He told he he was very tired today becasue he was at a demonstration against the military-controlled government […]

February 28th, 2015|Current Events|0 Comments

Reach out to the world!

Hello everyone!

Let’s see what is happening around the world today, shall we?

Everyday, I will reach out to the world with a custom global search on HelloTalk to have a conversation with one random person in the world. Let’s see who will be first???

Today… I’m reaching out to 22-year-old Huseyin from Antalya, Turkey. […]

February 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments