About Me

At a glimpse: Author, Archaeologist, Academic.

Thank you for visiting my page. I’m a novel writer and activist. A travel blogger and part-time archaeologist. I’ve lived and worked in the Middle East, Mexico, and the United States. Am currently based in Kansas City, Missouri and in the editing stages of my debut novel. .

It all began in 2011 with the Middle East on the brink of revolution, that’s when I thought it would be a good idea to book a one-way flight to Morocco and hitchhike to Egypt.

My Travel blog began here and has since introduced me to the wonders and generosity of people and the amazing cultures across our beautiful, yet sometimes tragic planert.

I’m always seeking new opportunities and feel it in my heart that I am here to help you.

Care to know more?: Let’s shatter that Fourth Wall, shall we?

I was born in the Texas Hill Country and raised by a family of German Romani’s chasing opportunity across the American South. We settled in Austin, the town which introduced me to the worlds of punk rock and literature. A town known for its nonconformity; its very existence an act of rebellion!

After high school I hit the road. A spontaneous bus ride to Mexico City led me into the hazy mountains, the deep emerald forests of Chiapas where I discovered the beautiful and heartbreaking world of the Maya (yes, they still exist) and found something deeply rooted, down in my heart of hearts: A need to be part of something greater, to commit myself to people less fortunate.

After some time in Chiapas I found my way back to the States, to Kansas City where I fell in with a strange batch of artists, painters and writers. Deepening my interest in literature and writing.

With the Middle East on the brink of revolution, mid-2011, I thought it would be a good idea to book a one-way flight to Morocco…

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216 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Thanks for liking my post. Your site looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks for the support! I love the work you’re doing; across the globe and for the animal kingdom. It would seem that you’ve found the answer to living a sustainable lifestyle. A very balanced relationship with the world and self πŸ™‚

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      1. Thanks, glad I gave that impression. It’s not always quite so neatly tied up in reality. I feel like I swing wildly in different directions rather than being balanced. πŸ™‚

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  2. Hello Nicholas,

    I appreciate you liking my blog. I know there is so much out there on the world wide web, and on wordpress, in general – many great blogs out there. I’m happy you stumbled upon mine and enjoyed it.

    Taking a look at yours, all I can say it keep on being an inspiration. Many people aren’t brave enough or dare to leave their mundane, routine lives to to scout out their dreams – hence, buy a one-way ticket to a foreign country, (especially where they don’t even know the language). That is commendable.

    Lots of good stories, pictures – keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your exciting journey!

    Salaamu Alaykum (Peace be with you)

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    1. wa alaykum-salaam. Ah, thank you deeply for the encouragement! What I assumed would be a fling became a healthy obsession with the Middle East. I’ve been pursuing Arabic for three years now and even though I had originally intended to return and set my eyes elsewhere I keep them trained on MENA. So I feel a duty towards preserving the true and lovely aspects of the Middle East that are picked through by observers who only choose to see the faults (which are few.)
      I really enjoy your work, particularly the series ‘Into the Wild’

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  3. Fascinating and intriguing. Can’t wait to read more. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for the support!
      Curry and Botox; what more could you want πŸ˜‰ I truly dig your work.

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  4. Hello there, fellow traveller! :))
    I had a busy day today but I saw you liked my latest blog and I became curious. So I started from the about page, and I’m planning to go through the main part of your blog asap. It sounds fascinating!
    And thanks for the “like”. It’s a little thing but for my little blog it matters πŸ™‚

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  5. Thanks for liking my post. You have some great stories here. I’ll be back to read more!

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  6. My first experience abroad was joining an archaeological field school outside Jerusalem, I was hooked after that. I was fascinated by all the facets of the Middle East and I’ve been dying to get back into the region. Your wanderings through that part of the world are an inspiration for me to go back. Cheers and happy travels!

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  7. Respect! And a little hug from across my side of the world. πŸ™‚ Thank you for following my blog as I will do yours. πŸ™‚

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  8. thanks for the like Brah, I’ll be checking out your stuff too. Victor

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  9. Hi Nicholas,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking it. Was curious – do you read Bengali (since my blog is in Bengali)? Or did you just like the snaps?

    Thanks again.

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    1. Absolutely. I have a friend who is teaching me a little Bengali and she had used your article for an example. I’m sure we’ll be reading more of your work as my understanding of the language grows.

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      1. Nice to know that. Keep it up!

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  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog post on KC today. Your About Me reminds me of the journey by Paul Salopek of National Geographic. http://outofedenwalk.nationalgeographic.com/
    I’ve been enjoying his posts along the way toward South America. I thought you might like it, too.

    I will look over your site more now.

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    1. You got it! Ah, Paul Salopek is a huge inspiration for me. The Eden Project is something which I’ve always wanted to enact, he beat me to it! πŸ™‚ I’ve spent far too many hours on his website. Thank you for checking out my site.

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  11. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I like your writing, and philosophy so I’ll be following you.

    Best regards,
    Elizabeth

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  12. Congratulations, you have been selected as this week’s Blogger of the Week. Our blog is a blog for creative people and we found your blog to be a feast of creativity and delights. Thank you for being an inspiration.

    Crysta
    Dancing with Fireflies

    http://fireflydance.net/2014/02/17/blogger-of-the-week-nicholas-andriani-of-yallah-bye/

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  13. Thanks for reading and liking my posts. Appreciate you stopping by πŸ™‚ takes great courage to do what you are doing….buying a one way ticket and exploring the world! A lot of us may want to do the same…but onky a few of us have the strength. Wish you all the best with your book…and I love your sketches.

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  14. You have some awesome pics on this blog… The stories are nice as well… I will follow your blog! πŸ™‚

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  15. Hey Nicholas,
    First of all thank you for stopping by my little world of travel rants :)) And, secondly…I am wondering how long it will take before you hit the road again?? eheh this travel bug is a pesky little number I tell you. Just when you think you’re all settled and comfy again BAM! those feet start to itch again.
    Have fun with your writing, I am very much looking forward to reading your tales from the trip. I left Syria after a 3 month sojourn just before the conflict started there. I recently saw before and after pics of the souks in Aleppo, Palmyra and of course, Damascus. The heart literally aches. It is beyond devastating. Anyway, best of luck with your book, I’ll be seeing you around. Ciao

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    1. Oh, that itch! It’s been hovering since I returned home and carries with it the insistence that Iran will be my next victim. Maybe with a twist of India and Burma?

      Ah, i’m bloody envious of your time in syria ;). It really must have been enchanting. The conflict actually cut my trip into many pieces. I had planned on spending more time in Egypt, and hoped to hike through Syria… Yet, we all know how the Middle East reacted to 2012. I’m so curious as to what truly acted to pivot the civil war… I’m not entirely familiar with modern politics in the ME but I was always under the impression that Syria was the more secular nation. The more passive and tolerant republic… clearly not.

      I will say that in the time I spent in Libya, post-Gaddafi, I found many-many-many locals who were pro-Gaddafi… and I know you will always find two or more factions but there seemed to be a massive population of Libyans that weren’t hoping for the results that came…

      Thank you so much for stopping by. It’s because of people like you and Chris that i’m able to manifest these dreams and find comfort in seeing your success.

      Perhaps we’ll cross paths one day? Until then I’ll be admiring your work from internet cafe’s and global hotspots.

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  16. I found your Instagram and I love it! I would love nothing more than to be a travel writer- my ultimate career- and do exactly what you do! Keep it up, love the blog!

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  17. Your journey sounds exciting. The only place I’ve been on your list was Israel and the Sinai Desert. I camped out in the Sinai in the seventies with my tour group. It had still belonged to Israel at that time. I’ll never forget that trip,

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  18. Thanks so much for liking my blog post, on The Moon Cannot Be Stolen, your journey makes me most envious! Mine was a long time ago, and I am still ‘getting to the bottom of who I am’ – this time by writing a poetry show about it πŸ™‚

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  19. Sounds fun, except you literally went all around our little island of Cyprus! πŸ™‚ Your journey was amazing!

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    1. Gah! I can’t believe I missed Cyprus! Your island is at the top of the list for me. Particularly to get my hands on some fresh halloumi πŸ˜‰

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  20. Hi Nicholas! Thank you for stopping by and following my blog! Just went quickly through your blog and it’s awesome! I am a newbie in traveling so it’s always delightful for me to read other people’s stories about their travels. Will be following your adventures πŸ™‚
    Cheers,

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  21. Hey Nicholas! I have nominated you for an Inventive Blogger Award:

    http://ilikethesmellofnewthings.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/inventive-blogger-award-my-5-nominees/

    Congratulations!

    Can’t wait to read about more of your travels πŸ™‚ Thanks for following my travel blog http://www.sonofgam.com too.

    Andrea x

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    1. Andrea, this is too cool πŸ˜‰ thanks for the nomination and good vibes! I hope you’re having a great weekend and I too look forward to reading more about your world!

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  22. Thanks for dropping by my blog! Looking forward to reading more of your adventures.

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    1. Ditto! I hope to pay my respects to the Camino some day, until then i’m following you πŸ˜‰

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  23. Thank you for liking my post (ayamstuffed)! Good luck on your memoir! I would love to have the opportunity to travel like you have.

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  24. Thanks for liking my post! It led me here, and it’s good to see an example of where I want to be in a couple of years – I can’t wait to read about all your adventures!

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  25. Wow – what an adventure!! Can’t wait to read your posts!!

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  26. Thnx for stopping by at my blog – glad my writings (on Morocco, I’m sure!) got you interested πŸ™‚ Enjoyed your posts – nice, easy-flowing narrative! The places you pay attention to pleased me especially. Road less traveled – as you put it yourself. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

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  27. Marhaba, Nicholas, I have enjoyed your travel writing, particularly your sketches and accompanying narratives. As a subscriber of your blog, I have nominated you for the Shine on award (http://wp.me/p3Nc97-l0) and participation is optional.

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    1. Salaam. Gah, this is a wonderful surprise πŸ˜‰ I truly appreciate that you considered my blog for this award. Now, off to follow your link!

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  28. Hi Nicholas – thanks for the follow. Reading this page, i am (again) a little envious of how much easier it is for men to travel solo, esp around the middle east – yet, still glad that so many women travel solo, despite the issues. and I wish I had started sooner! as Freya Stark said – one life is an absurdly small allowance –
    look forward to your posts! cheers, chaka

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  29. Hello Nicholas, It was a surprise to find a visitor to my blog as I am slightly wandering into the blogging world, without really knowing a thing about blogosphere..Its good to see yours done so well and would look forward to reading your book. Thanks for wandering into my blog and liking it. Strange that I wanted to name mine as ‘Road less travelled’ too, but found it was already in use. I hope to read all that you have written, when I have time.Good luck for your book.

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  30. Brave and the best way to use precious your precious time…I hope you can enjoy my paintings as you trek the world. I can think of no two better ways to use what we have…travel and painting..:)

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  31. Hi Nicholas, thanks for stopping by my blog and leading me back here. You’ve got a really interesting and fun life story here. Looking forward to reading more of your adventures. πŸ™‚

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  32. Interesting life story πŸ™‚

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    1. Right back you! Through WordPress we’re making clear the story of humanity. I love it!

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  33. Hello, thank you so much for liking my poetry…

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    1. You have a great voice and it would have been a crime to not hit that “like” button! πŸ˜‰

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  34. This has got to be the most interesting ‘about me’ section I’ve read so far!

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    1. Thank you, Angie. This means a lot, especially considering how the same can be said for your ‘about me’ section. Teaching English abroad, traveling through mysterious Southeast Asia. Great photography partnered with captivating writing. Blogging at its finest.

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      1. that’s probably the nicest thing someone’s said to me on here – thank you so so much! πŸ™‚

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  35. ‘The Road less Travelled” is my favourite poem and something that I live by, too. Untrodden paths are a great way to go. I admire your gumption for life and desire to keep searching. Looking forward to reading your book!

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  36. I bet you’ll have a few stories to tell in your book…the ones on your blog are pretty interesting. Thanks for dropping by This Sojourner’s Path…”the journey’s the thing…”

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    1. Just a few stories. πŸ˜‰ As I am not currently sojourning these stories are beginning to emerge from the pages of my manuscript in the form of art across my blog. This is where Sketching Sights comes in. So as not to reveal the written word i’ve taken up painting… Seems to be a useful outlet for the time being.

      I’ve just decided to utilize all of the recipes from your blog throughout this next week. To a pleasant journey!

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      1. Thanks so much…hope you enjoy!

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  37. What a pleasure to discover such rich words and images. Look forward to reading more, Nancy

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    1. Nancy, thank you. People like you, exploring the horizon, make this world an interesting place. And thanks to people like you i’ve been able to break away from the mundane by way of blazing my own trail.
      Thanks for sharing your experiences with the world.

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  38. Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. Loved reading about your travels! It’s been awhile since I have been able to explore the world, so I am living vicariously through your blog.

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  39. You’ve had a great trip! I have a suggestion: Your title should be “Yallah,’Bye” You need the apostrophe on ‘Bye to indicate it’s an abbreviated form of “Goodbye” and the apostrophe indicates the missing syllable. The word “Bye” without the apostrophe is a sports term and means something else. I’m a compulsive proofreader and can’t restrain myself. Sorry.

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    1. Haha, I completely overlooked this. I’ve found that when translating Arabic I have a tendency to overlook the most basic grammatical errors, quite frequently. I really appreciate your feedback.

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  40. Also thanks for visiting &reading my blog. I certainly believe you’ve an obsession with travel. But then again, you’ve transposed this into entertaining writing & that’s impressive.

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    1. Haha, well this ‘obsession’ should be the fuel I need to complete my manuscript and I truly hope the rest of the world can enjoy my material as you have.
      I hope all is well and here’s to a good week!

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  41. Fantastic! You are living my dream. Life ‘out there’ is pretty risky these days for a woman alone. Have at it. Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by http://dialolondialogue.wordpress.com!

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    1. I’m happy you enjoyed my blog! Indeed, i’m very fortunate to have had these opportunities and whatever more remain to come, but I will say that I have met, especially in the Middle East, more solo female backpackers than male… Odd, eh? I couldn’t find any common denominator save that the majority of the women I met were Australian or Canadian (which really means American most of the time). I found it surprising at first then came to witness many opportunities expand before these women I would befriend that never came up for myself. People were extremely accommodating. To an extreme that can only be supported by generations of hospitality, the likes i’ve yet to experience outside Arabia, and thus my idea of exposing the “true” Middle East became something of an obsession… A healthy one!
      I hope this finds you well and look forward to following your journey as well.

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  42. Can’t wait to read your memoir…with your experience and adventurous spirit it should be an exciting read! Thanks for reading my blog post.

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    1. That’s very kind! I tend to procrastinate in my writing so feedback like this really keeps me on track. I truly admire your ability to seamlessly merge multiple genres and mediums. Great writing, gorgeous photography.

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      1. Thank you. You’re very generous in your compliments.

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  43. I am liking you…i will continue to follow

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  44. Awesome, inspiring stories! If you’re interested, would love to have you guest post for my site! Please let me know: christopher@christopherlharvey.com . Thanks, and look forward to reading more!

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    1. Right on, thank you. I love to hear that. Inspiring those who come across Yallah, Bye is by far the most satisfying response I can receive. WordPress has been crucial in the developement and growth of my writing/inspiration that I must return the favor.
      Absolutely! It would be my pleasure to work with you. Feel free to email me at andriani1208@gmail.com with details. I look forward to it!

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  45. Thank you for visiting my blog. Best wishes and blessings on your journey πŸ™‚

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  46. First of all, thanks for stopping by 10000movies. What you describe, i.e. moving from one country to another, walking on foot, getting in touch with different people and cultures is one of my dreams. Glad someone is on the same wavelength with me, more glad it made it a reality. May you always be in a position to follow your dreams!

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  47. Thanks for liking my post. Looking through a few of your own posts and your about page, I am intrigued. Can’t wait for more.

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    1. Ah, thank you! I’ll be watching closely as your WIPs develop, enjoying your blog all the while πŸ˜‰

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  48. Wow, fascinating background, Nicholas! Looking forward to following your journey – and thanks so much for following ours! Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

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    1. Happy New Year! Thanks for tagging along and I can’t wait to see how this your unfolds for you two. You really have a gorgeous site.

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      1. Thanks so much, Nicholas! Was excited to read your most recent post about Istanbul. Beautiful! We can’t wait to visit for the first time in March. If you have any recommendations for us, we’d love to get your advice! Keep up the great work! πŸ™‚

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  49. Hi! I saw you had stopped by my page (thanks) and I love stories like yours! It sounds like you had/will have awesome stories and experiences to share I look forward to reading about!

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    1. Cheers! Haha, right back at you. I’m loving all this networking to be done on WordPress. Meeting bloggers, writers, photographers, expats and nomads, crazy zoologists and archaeologists. This is a good place to be.
      Hope all is well!

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