A Friend In Every Country

Tragedy from the air… Again

March 24th, 2015|

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 […]

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

March 17th, 2015|

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. […]

Finding family…

March 9th, 2015|

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 […]

International Women’s Day in Russia

March 9th, 2015|

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 […]

Islam and ISIS… Questions answered

March 2nd, 2015|

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, […]

The world needs more friends… and fewer enemies.

February 28th, 2015|

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 […]

Gum, khat, betel-nut and sunflower seeds…

February 28th, 2015|

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, […]

What’s happening in Egypt?

February 28th, 2015|

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 […]

Reach out to the world!

February 25th, 2015|

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. […]

Hello World!

February 18th, 2015|

Hello World!  My name is Mark!  Nice to meet you!! 🙂

How many friends do you have from other countries or cultures?  Do you like to discover exciting new things about the world we live in?  Do you want to help create a new community of Global citizens?

Think about how our world has grown…  We started […]