EL Stephens

About EL Stephens

I am a recent graduate of the George Washington University and majored in International Affairs and have spent a considerable amount of time abroad including a semester studying in Paris, a year studying in Cairo leading up to the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, three months living in Amman after being evacuated from Egypt, and several months living in Berlin. I spent the first five years of my life in Bamako, Mali and currently work in Lebanon for the United Nations. I hope to be able to combine my passion for writing and travel into a cohesive exploration of what it is to be an American and a female abroad, while still highlighting the excitement of discovery and adventure on an international scale. Some of my previous adventures may be found on my travel blog.

A memo on being mixed race

A memo on being mixed race

I recently read an article on a fellow mixed race girl’s experiences Coming Out as Biracial. It was a great article, and much appreciated. She looks different from me, despite also being half-white, half-black, which sort of puts us in the same ethnic group while our races still remain divided. Being abroad, I find that my […]

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Notes from a globetrotter: transitions via Istanbul

Notes from a globetrotter: transitions via Istanbul

Elizabeth moves from Beirut to Geneva, via Istanbul. Leaving Beirut felt as if an anvil had been lifted from my chest. Despite missing Lebanon, the conflicts in the region and the ceaselessly escalating violence did not endear me to the idea of living there, or anywhere in the Middle East/North Africa, for the foreseeable future. […]

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Notes from a globetrotter: dear Beirut…

Notes from a globetrotter: dear Beirut…

As the US requests that American citizens leave Lebanon, Elizabeth Stephens says an emotional farewell to Beirut. Dear Beirut, Despite everything, I’m going to miss you. Driving down the streets and zipping past all the luxury in the world juxtaposed against shell-shocked, bullet-strewn, rocket-washed buildings in varying states of inorganic demolition is somehow so quintessentially […]

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Notes from a globetrotter: in the hands of Hezbollah

Notes from a globetrotter: in the hands of Hezbollah

Elizabeth Stephens reports from Beirut as Hezbollah guards step up the interrogation. It feels as if stability in the region is balancing on a hair. The entire international community is holding its breath. Sadly, we all seem to be waiting for the US – will they act unilaterally in their interventions, and if so, what […]

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Notes from a globetrotter: Beddawi refugee camp

Notes from a globetrotter: Beddawi refugee camp

I am an intern for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (or UNRWA, in case you don’t feel like stumbling over that mouthful) and had the opportunity recently to travel with a photographer to one of the refugee camps in Lebanon. The camps that UNRWA works with […]

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Notes from a globetrotter: Berlin-Bound

Notes from a globetrotter: Berlin-Bound

The notes from a globetrotter series begins with a night in Berlin. Berlin is nice and quiet and the air is sweet and calm but never stagnant. When it rains it pours. The people don’t stare much. I am never provoked, or touched by strangers on the street. My last night in Cairo, a young […]

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Notes from a globetrotter: Cairo

Notes from a globetrotter: Cairo

Cairo Metro – A taster from our upcoming notes from a globetrotter series I’m sitting on the metro in Cairo trying not to sweat. It’s not as easy as it sounds. The wind is buffeting me around like I’m stuck smack dab in the center of a convection oven, but at the same time I […]

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