Meet the Monsooners to Syria!

by | Sep 6, 2023 | Introductions | 0 comments


No matter what happens, I am grateful to know I live in a world where even if I’m heading to a place like Syria, a wonderful group of great people will always come along. It has happened before, it has happened again, and it is happening again. People who follow through. People who prove themselves by following through.

What is life when 16 exceptional, self-actualized, forward thinking, culturally competent, and socially conscious individuals — 11 of whom have traveled with me before — climb onboard for a type of experience where 99% of the world would otherwise look the other way?

. . . And I’m especially grateful to those returning with me for their 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or even 17th monsoon:


And the people I’ve picked up along my journeys:


Once again, I introduce our monsooners:


Calvin "O Captain My Captain" Sun - Expedition Leader | NYC


Amelia "Chief Rescue Officer" Shillingford - Returning Monsooner: Jul. '23 (The Greek Epic), Jun. '22 (Svalbard), Apr. '22 (French Polynesia) | Chief Nursing Officer & NP, Psychiatry | VT


Melinda "Mundari Warrior” Kwok (Meteora only) - Return Monsooner: Jul' 23 (Meteora), Mar '23 (South Sudan) | Engineer | KC Engineering | NYC

Bryce "Cowboy" Maynard - Returning Monsooner: Winter '17 (Australia) | Copyright Law | Alexandria, VA


Melissa "Candy Floss" Weinmann - Return Monsooner: Winter '19 (Least Visited Countries), Jan. '17 (The Transmonglian & Tibet), Winter '16 (The Silk Road) | Chicago, Vanuatu | Peace Corps. | Loyola University Chicago


Annie R. - Returning Monsooner: Mar. '22 (Iraq) | NYC | Toxicologist & Emergency Medicine Physician


Christian Franz - Medical Student, RN | NYC


Francis "Francois" DeAsis - Miami | Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician
Mihaela "Compass" K. - Lieutenant, Senior Monsooner: Jun. '22 (Svalbard), Oct. '21 (Saudi Arabia), Sept.'21 (Sardinia/Corsica), Jun '21 (Cyprus), Aug. '20 (USA), Dec. '19 (Egypt), Nov. '18 (Armenia), June '18 (The Persian Gulf), Oct. '17 (Slovenia), Aug. '17 (The Balkans), May '17 (Luxembourg), Mar. '17 (Scotland), Jan. '17 (Mongolia & Tibet), May '23 (Horn of Africa) | NYC | Cytologist, Mt. Sinai


Nishant "The Wolf of Wall Street" Anandan - Returning Monsooner: May '22 (Wales), Sept. '21 (Sardinia & Corsica), Jun. '19 (Afghanistan), Nov. '18 (Armenia) | London, UK | Associate | RBC Capital Markets | The Australian National University


Sampson "Apalca" Lau - Returning Monsooner: Jun. '22 (Svalbard), Sept. '21 (Sardinia & Corsica), Winter '17 (Australia) | Mountain View, CA | Engineer


Jillian "Rebirth" K. - Return Monsooner: Jan. 23 (Côte d'Ivoire) | Pre-med | NYC


Rajani "“Wine O’ Clock" Mohan - Return Monsooner: Nov. '21 (El Salvador) | NYC | Doctor


Lisa "Free Solo" Vitaris - Return Monsooner: Winter '19 (Least Visited Countries) | Australia


Priyanka "Sweet Tooth" Shetty - Returning Monsooner: Winter '19 (Egypt) | SF | Strategy Consulting, Netflix


Leshawn A. - NJ










And where we’re actually monsooning to this Spring:










Crac des Chevaliers


Deir Mar Musa







Still interested in joining us? More details about the trip can be found here.

And space is still available! Accepting non-USA passport holders only; USA passport deadline has passed, although exceptions may apply. Inquire within: calvin[at]monsoondiaries[dot]com.


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