A Very Sweet Middle Eastern Holiday – Eid al Adha

One of the most interesting aspects of spending time in other countries is seeing how people in other cultures celebrate their holidays – and sometimes celebrating with them. One Muslim holiday little known to the Western world is Eid al Adha, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice. This three-day holiday begins Friday, October […]

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The Frankincense of Salalah, Oman

Salalah, Oman is well known as paradise to the people of the Persian Gulf, yet most of the world has never heard of this charming town of 180,000 lying quietly on the Arabian Sea. Tourists by the thousands flock to its shores from neighboring towns and countries during its annual monsoon season, which brings cooling […]

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My Pre-Blog Travels – Enchanting, Exotic, Salalah, Oman, Part II

If you ever want to go off the beaten path in the Middle East, you must head to Salalah, Oman. This breathtakingly exotic town on the Arabian Sea in the south of Oman is a quite popular draw for Mid Easterners yet virtually untouched by the Western world. Its annual khareef or monsoon season, which […]

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My Pre-Blog Travels – Enchanting, Exotic Salalah, Oman, Part I

Never have I traveled anywhere as exotic, as conservative, as steeped in traditional Islamic culture as Salalah, Oman. My first trip to Salalah (pronounced Sah LAH lah) was in 2009, before I had a blog, and I traveled there once again the following year. Now that I’ve brought a blog into being, I can share […]

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My Pre-Blog Travels: Part II – Muscat, Oman

I began to travel years before I had a blog, and in retrospect wish I could have shared those early, formative journeys online. I’ve recently found that looking at my old travel photos re-kindles not just memories but, at least somewhat, feelings. My digital photos only date back to the mid 2000′s, but there are […]

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My Pre-Blog Travels: Part I – Muscat, Oman

I began to travel years before I had a blog, and in retrospect I wish I could have shared those early, formative journeys online. I’ve recently found that looking at my old travel photos re-kindles not just memories but, at least somewhat, feelings. My digital photos only date back to the mid 2000’s, but there […]

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Weekend Snapshot – Boys in Dishdashas in Muscat, Oman

As many parts of the Middle East rock in the midst of seismic political shifts, most of this region remains at quietly at peace, unchanged and unchanging, lives marching forward as usual, dreams and plans intact, traditions untouched. One of the aspects that touches me most about the Middle East, particularly the Persian Gulf countries, […]

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How Spending 10 Hours in a First Class Airport Lounge Saved Me Money

Traveling with limited funds typically does not land you in premium class airport lounges. While on a recent layover at the Muscat Airport, though, spending over 10 hours in the Premium Class Lounge actually saved me approximately $78.00. During previous flights out of the Muscat Airport, I’ve noticed a sign at the bottom of the […]

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One Thousand Camels Near Mirbat, Oman

In the Dhofar region of southern Oman, about 700 miles from Sharjah, I was riding down the road one day. Behind me stood Mirbat, a very small, very ancient desert town near the Arabian Sea, filled with crumbling yet still-inhabited buildings. The day was sunny and peaceful, as are most Omani days. Suddenly, a thick […]

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