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March 22, 2013


Islam symbols, their meaning, and other Middle East charms

Islam symbols, Kaaba

Islam is, arguably, one of the most controversial and misunderstood religions in the world. For this reason, I picked Islam symbols, their meaning, and a couple of other Middle East charms for this week’s special #FriFotos post. I hope this photo essay sheds some light on this fascinating region and their culture. Let me know if […]

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February 7, 2013

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5 Great Middle East Movies: Travel Inspiration

Middle East movies, Captain Abu Raed

The following Middle East movies article is a guest post ** So many films focus on the political strife and violence in the Middle East, but this region is an area that can’t be defined by a single aspect. There are so many interesting and uplifting facets to  this corner of the globe — […]

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January 29, 2013


The Turkish beach towns of Bodrum and Dalaman (photos)

Turkish beach towns map

The Turkish beach towns of Bodrum and Dalaman may look similar to the foreigner. However, like sugar and salt, those who are familiar with the area know that each town appeals to a different type of traveler. Today we explore their beaches, attractions, and transportation options so you can make up your mind and […]

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January 9, 2013


Spanish Morocco: The EU in Africa? Educational photo essay

In the fifteenth and the seventeenth century, Melilla and Ceuta became Spanish territories or exclaves, respectively. And while Morocco has claimed these territories several times since then, they have been unsuccessful. In my eyes, Spanish Morocco is here to stay — at least for the next decade or two. Spanish Morocco: The EU in […]

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December 7, 2012


Middle Eastern sites and columns: What I’ve seen (photos)

Middle Eastern sites, Medinet Habu

The theme of this week’s FriFotos is COLUMNS. Thus, I wanted to share some photos of Middle Eastern sites and ruins as seen through my travels. Hope you like them! Cairo’s minarets Known as the city of the thousand minarets: I lived in Cairo for a full year study Egyptian and Modern Standard Arabic. […]

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November 16, 2012


St. Barbara’s Day history, customs, and traditions: The Middle Eastern Halloween?

St Barbara's Day pastry Atayef

Imagine children skipping down the streets, dressed in colorful costumes, their voices singing a familiar tune as they make their way door to door, hoping to collect delicious treats. It’s easy to guess this is Halloween night, until I mention a couple crucial details: It’s December 4th in Lebanon. In this Middle Eastern nation, […]

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October 23, 2012


Caesarea Philippi, Banyas Reserve: Solo female Middle Eastern road trip (part 6)

I am back! Welcome to part 6 of my solo female Middle Eastern road trip. This week, we resume the run down memory lane. Where to?! My hitchhiking Israel adventures took me Couchsurfing at Kibbutz Dafna, located 12 km northeast of Kiryat Shemona. Additionally, I visited Caesarea Philippi and the Banyas reserve. Gorgeous, relaxing area by […]

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October 16, 2012


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

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

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?

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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