Changing the World One Smile at a Time

It’s been a long time and we travelled many seas, and survived many storms. It has not been easy being a lesbian company, but the rewards continue to outweigh the challenges. I remember those first years, sitting in a smoke-filled room with Greek captains (our first ships were small, Greek-owned vessels), making sure their crew did not come on to the women, as we negotiated the contracts on a ship in some Greek port. Our first captain reassured us with one question: “Who was the first lesbian?” he quizzed us. “Sappho?” “Yes, and she was from Lesvos, where I was born. There will be no problem!” Ok, then…we were off and sailing. The rewards and adventures are too many to express here—but the r

Rachel Wahba is a writer, psychotherapist, and co-founder of Olivia Travel/Companies. An Iraqi -Egyptian Jew, born in India, she grew up in Japan. 

The many dimensions of 

displacement and exile are a constant theme in her work as a writer, therapist, and in her activism as a Mizrahi Jew who grew up stateless. 

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