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May 30, 2012

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

Kibbutz couchsurfing Sea of Galilee Tiberias

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

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Giza Pyramids disappointment: My travel photo and story

me disappointed at the Pyramids of Giza

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

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

Middle East Cyprus, food platters

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

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

solo female Middle East road trip, Basilica of Annunciation Nazareth

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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May 4, 2012

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

Middle Eastern road trip, Dome of the Rock

The 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 […]

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April 24, 2012

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

things to do in Yemen, Qalansiyah beach

A 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 […]

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April 23, 2012

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

Tel Aviv photos, beach promenade

Today 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 […]

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April 20, 2012

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Essaouira Morocco photos: Architectural postcards

Essaouira door

Today’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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April 18, 2012

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Atlas Studios Morocco: World’s Largest Film Studio! (photos)

Atlas Studios Morocco, Ouarzazate

Of my favorite things to do in Morocco, Ouarzazate attractions are among the top of my list. It is the picture-perfect place in the middle of the Sahara, away from civilization, with amazing kasbahs and places of interest. Best of all? It is home to Atlas Studios Morocco: Hollywood’s playgrounds Also dubbed the Hollywood […]

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April 10, 2012

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Dar Al Hajar (Rock Palace): Wadi Dhahr, Yemen

Dar Al Hajar from below

This week’s travel Tuesday feature, Dar Al Hajar (Rock Palace), is located on one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, which is currently midst a revolution. History Dar Al Hajar was built by ruler Imam Yahya as his summer fortress-mansion in the 30′s. What’s more interesting about this site is that it was actually built upon […]

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