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Travel to the best beaches in the Middle East & Africa (photo essay)

October 13, 2011


TweetIt is Beach Thursday and this week I will feature some of the best beaches in the Middle East and Africa. There is no debate that some of the clearest, most azure waters in the world are found in the coasts of the Red Sea, Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean. While this is a “Travel [...]

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FriFotos: Travel through Arab capitals

October 7, 2011


Tel Aviv beach

TweetThis week’s FriFotos theme is “CAPITALS” so today I present you a mini photo essay of some of my favorite capitals in the Arab world. Hope you like them! Cairo, Egypt is one of the most populated, heavily-polluted cities not only int he Arab region, but the whole world. With more than 20 million inhabitants, [...]

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Photos: Doorways in the Middle East & Morocco

September 20, 2011

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Essaouira, Morocco

TweetI have a serious obsession with the Middle East, as you have probably already noticed. But my obsessions run even deeper than that. When it comes to Arab architecture, I go even more gaga. And if you put a gigantic, intricate doorway or archway in front of me — I could spend hours just staring [...]

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FriFotos: Compilation of stones, temples of my Middle East travels

September 16, 2011


Damascus Gate, Jerusalem

TweetFor #FriFotos this week, given that the theme is “STONE,” I decided to make a compilation post, including some of my favorite shots of stones, rock-carved temples & buildings I captured throughout my Middle East travels between August 2008-December 2009. In passing, I have included all the countries I visited to make this photo essay about [...]

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Palestinian Superstitions

August 24, 2011


Palestine flag

TweetHello there! Today I have a special post for you, which I featured on a series in my latinAbroad website: Palestinian superstitions! Hope you enjoy it! Any feedback is appreciated! * “If you use clothes in reverse your stomach will ache” * “If you deny food to a pregnant woman you will get a sty [...]

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How to dress in the Middle East: Photo essay

August 22, 2011


How to dress in Egypt

TweetHello ladies and gentlemen! Through a photo essay, I will show you how to dress in the Middle East (or any conservative country) and (almost) pass as a local. Overview Let me be clear: How to dress in the Middle East doesn’t really matter–if you don’t care about the attention. Except for a handful of [...]

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How to Poop: Lessons from the Middle East

August 12, 2011



TweetThere is no more valuable lesson when traveling the Middle East than…knowing how to poop. That’s right folks: Pooping is indeed an art, one which must be mastered if you plan to travel throughout the Arab world and any other developing countries for that matter. So today I show you what I learned from living and traveling throughout [...]

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A Joyous Palestinian Tale = Coffee Spill!?

August 8, 2011

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Bethlehem, Palestine photo

TweetWhat does a coffee spill (or two or three) have in common with a Palestinian carpenter, his family, and shop? On today’s travel tale, I will tell you how I umm, “celebrated” my very first trip to Palestine through three coffee spills and what those meant to the shopkeepers of a cute little shop in [...]

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Ideas to have a unique Iftar in Turkey and Palestine

August 4, 2011


Iftar in Palestine

TweetRamadan Kareem to my Muslim brothers and sisters around the world. Whether you are Muslim or not, Middle East travel during Ramadan is an experience in itself, but how more unforgettable would it be by celebrating the breaking of the fast, or having iftar, in a unique way? It is definitely possible in several Middle Eastern countries. Today, I [...]

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How to arrange a kibbutz stay in Israel

August 1, 2011


Kibbutz Hazore'a

TweetHello! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Today I have a very nice post in store for you: How to arrange a kibbutz stay in Israel. It is not as hard as it may seem! And it sure is a great experience. With several kibbutzes and quite a few willing hosts to choose from, arranging a stay is [...]

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