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Ramadan Kareem meaning: Overview of the Muslim holiday

July 23, 2012

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Ramadan Kareem meaning: Overview of the Muslim holiday

TweetTo all my Muslim brothers and sisters: رمضان كريم (Ramadan Kareem)! And to the rest of my brothers and sisters: Let’s love each other no matter what’s our religion. I’m a Christ follower and love all people, just as He would Learn more about the Ramadan Kareem meaning and the festivities that take place during this Holy [...]

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Locals in the Middle East: A short photo essay

February 24, 2012


Bedouin girl, locals in the Middle East

TweetEver wondered what the locals in the Middle East and North Africa look like or where they come from? In celebration of this week’s FriFotos topic, I will give you a short intro and cultural background of some of the different peoples of the region. Bedouins Bedouins are the desert nomads of Arabia. Divided into [...]

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Exotic sights in the Middle East (photo essay)

January 20, 2012


exotic beach in the Middle East

TweetExotic sights in the Middle East are at every turn when you come from the West. For this reason, to celebrate this week’s FriFotos theme “Exotic,” I wanted to present you a photo essay, including some of the exotic sights you can find in the Middle East. These were captured as I lived and traveled [...]

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Merry Coptic Christmas! Traditions in the Christian Middle East

January 7, 2012


Coptic Christmas mass

TweetMerry Coptic Christmas! On January 7th, Christian minorities around the Middle East (most part of the Coptic Church) celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Why on this day, you may ask?Well, this Orthodox Church actually used to celebrate Christmas on December 25th as well, but this all changed when the Gregorian calendar was introduced in [...]

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Mosques in the Middle East: Seductive Holiness

November 21, 2011


mosques in the middle east, hagia sophia

TweetMosques in the Middle East never cease to fascinate me. While I am a Christian myself, there is always certain aura about any religious site that gets me down to the bone. The energy is almost inappropriately seductive. Their architecture is simply a feast to the eyes. While cathedrals have their own charm, mosques in [...]

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Travel to the best beaches in the Middle East (photo essay, part 2)

October 27, 2011


Tweet[For part one, click here] Ahlan asjabi, hello my friends! This week, for a second time, I will feature some of the best beaches in the Middle East. My goal? To uncover some hidden gems of the region. Enjoy (and click on any photo to enlarge)! Some of the clearest, most azure waters in the [...]

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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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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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Petra Monastery: How I Climbed it with a Bedouin (photo essay)

August 19, 2011


Petra Monastery

TweetClimbing the Petra Monastery is one of the most vivid adventures of my 2009 solo female Middle East road trip, which took me through 3 different countries in 5 weeks. Also read: The Treasury, Petra: A tear-jerking Kodak moment I climbed the Petra Monastery on my second day hiking there with a Bedouin and some travelers [...]

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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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