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Giza Pyramids disappointment: My travel photo and story

May 24, 2012

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me disappointed at the Pyramids of Giza

TweetStill struggling with my health, so today I’m simply sharing my Giza Pyramids disappointment travel photo and story. The Pyramids of Giza were on my travel bucket list for many years. However, my experience once I finally visited the plateau was nothing like what I had imagined… I like this travel photo, which I titled “Giza Pyramids […]

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Middle East Cyprus: An unlikely concoction? (educational photo essay)

May 15, 2012

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Middle East Cyprus, food platters

TweetToday we expose an unlikely concoction: Middle East Cyprus. Wait, isn’t it an European island?! Decorating hundreds of Mediterranean travel brochures worldwide, Cyprus’ location and culture are commonly misunderstood. Granted, it is located in the Mediterranean Sea–but so are the coasts of Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Turkey! Indeed, Middle East Cyprus is real and today […]

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Solo female Middle East road trip: Jerusalem to Haifa and Nazareth (part 2)

May 11, 2012

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solo female Middle East road trip, Basilica of Annunciation Nazareth

TweetAhlan wah sahlan! Shalom! Today’s FriFotos theme is paradise and I’ll be depicting it as a state of mind. “Paradise” as such was my epic solo female Middle East road trip, which took me from Cairo to Jerusalem, onto a 3-week Couchsurfing and hitchhiking adventure around the Holy Land, then onto the Nabatean city of Petra, […]

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Solo female Middle Eastern road trip: Cairo to Jerusalem (part 1)

May 4, 2012

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Middle Eastern road trip, Dome of the Rock

TweetThe last week of May 2009, I decided to entail on an epic Middle Eastern road trip, cycling and hitchhiking around the region. I traveled throughout Israel for 3 weeks; went hiking inside the Nabatean city of Petra, where I even climbed the Monastery to the very top with a Bedouin; and finished off in Egypt. This […]

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Things to do in Yemen: Beautiful UNESCO-filled photo essay

April 24, 2012

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things to do in Yemen, Qalansiyah beach

TweetA country in strife, yet with so much to offer. This week’s Travel Tuesday photo essay features the wonderful things to do in Yemen. Socotra Island Featured as having some of the best beaches in the Middle East, reiterated by Lonely Planet retweet, Socotra Island is one of the oddest sights not only in the […]

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Tel Aviv photos: The beach, Gaudi, the old and the new

April 23, 2012

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Tel Aviv photos, beach promenade

TweetToday I was reminiscing about my trip during Eid el Adha in Israel and the awesome time I had in that city by going through some Tel Aviv photos. I also remembered the amazing time I had my second time around, during the summer. I absolutely love this city: The vibe, the nightlife, the gorgeous […]

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Essaouira Morocco photos: Architectural postcards

April 20, 2012

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Essaouira door

TweetToday’s postcards include Essaouira Morocco photos. The focal point is the town’s architecture, as I am obsessed with Arab design and buildings 😀 I went on a road trip around Morocco almost every weekend when I studied Islamic Civilization and Arabic at Al Akhawayn University. Essaouira Morocco is one of the many places I visited. My […]

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Imam Mosque, Iran: Colorful UNESCO World Heritage Site photo essay

March 23, 2012

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Shah Mosque or Imam Mosque, Iran

TweetThe Imam Mosque, Iran: A colorful photo essay! Continuing our love for Persian architecture, today I introduce you to the Imam Mosque, Iran (Masjed-e Imam). It is a fitting day for such a gem to be talked about at Travel The Middle East, as Friday is the day that most Muslims flock into mosques to […]

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Things to do in Morocco: A feast for the senses (photo essay)

March 13, 2012

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things to do in Morocco, Ouarzazate kasbah

TweetI learned about the best things to do in Morocco after living there for a semester abroad. I had the opportunity to take many road trips and visit many cities more than once. For this reason, today I’m curating certain cities and telling you which are my favorite things to do in Morocco. Part 2 likely […]

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Couscous history: A delicious photo essay!

March 8, 2012

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couscous history, modifications

TweetI decided to do something fun today and share with you a brief post about couscous history–my favorite Moroccan dish. Just had lunch, but writing about this made me hungry again! Origins Did you know that couscous is actually a Berber pasta dish? As such, it’s funny to hear several rumors about couscous history and […]

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