October 16, 2012


Is Sharm el Sheikh a tourist trap? Yes, but a lovely one!

Tweet Is Sharm el Sheikh a tourist trap? Aiwa, and a lovely one at that! No, you didn’t. Oh yes, I just did. I tell you how it is, buddy. Don’t get me wrong: Holidays in Sharm El Sheikh can be relaxing, fun, and are even budget-friendly to many Europeans and other Westerners. However, living in the […]

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October 2, 2012


Bethlehem Separation Wall graffiti: A forum of expression

Banksy Bethlehem separation wall graffiti

Tweet Today, I’m in a quite reflective mood. For this reason, I have decided to finally post all those Bethlehem Separation Wall graffiti photos. All these shots touched me during my visit there in December 2008, one way or another. Unless otherwise stated, photo credits to David Norton, fellow traveler and student at the American […]

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September 26, 2012


Yom Kippur meaning: The Jewish Ramadan?

Tweet I’m not quite sure why, but several people get offended whenever I do this. I can’t help it though–I love to draw analogies between religions. So, when my Jewish friends started celebrations for their holiest day of the year last night, I knew had to write about it. Today’s post is all about Yom Kippur […]

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September 13, 2012


Hitchhiking Israel solo adventures continue: Scoring a Beit She’an free tour

Tweet Welcome to part 5 of my epic solo female Middle Eastern road trip. On this post, I continue my hitchhiking Israel adventures, on a series of hitching and bus riding stints, as I head out to explore more historical sites around Tiberias / Sea of Galilee region. Want to know what preceded my hitchhiking […]

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July 23, 2012


Ramadan Kareem meaning: Overview of the Muslim holiday

Tweet To 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 […]

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July 17, 2012


Hitchhiking Israel solo: Trespassing and Mount of Beatitudes (part 4)

Tweet Welcome to part 4 of my solo female Middle Eastern road trip! Today, whilst hitchhiking Israel, I finally get lost. In the end, I did find my way by hitchhiking once more, but still! Quite surprising it took me this long, given to how directionally-challenged I am. I know, I know — how would someone with […]

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May 30, 2012


Kibbutz Couchsurfing and hitchhiking: My solo Middle Eastern road trip (pt 3)

Kibbutz couchsurfing Sea of Galilee Tiberias

Tweet And this is where this trip becomes a slight blur. Lol! I had no camera at this point (as of, no roll left, no new one bought–nothing!), save a day or two during one of my two kibbutz Couchsurfing stays. Most of those photos, however, are at home in Puerto Rico and will have […]

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May 24, 2012


Giza Pyramids disappointment: My travel photo and story

me disappointed at the Pyramids of Giza

Tweet Still 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 […]

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May 15, 2012


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

Middle East Cyprus, food platters

Tweet Today 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 […]

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May 11, 2012


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

solo female Middle East road trip, Basilica of Annunciation Nazareth

Tweet Ahlan 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 […]

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