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January 9, 2013

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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September 13, 2012

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

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

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Ramadan Kareem meaning: Overview of the Muslim holiday

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

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

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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