What?! Travel to Cairo?

Say the word Cairo these days and most people think of danger and violence, an off-limits city in a newly forbidden country. In reality, the entire country of Egypt is still safe and travelable, including Cairo. The violence in the city is contained almost entirely downtown, which is home to Tahrir Square, where the majority […]

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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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A Delicious Lunch…If You’re a Camel

What do camels eat? Almost anything, it seems. Domesticated camels are often fed grass, dates and oats, while those in the wild do quiet well in creating their own diets. I spotted this particular camel enjoying lunch on New Year’s Day when I was riding my bike from the main tourist drag of Dahab back […]

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The Colors of Israel, in Food

Israel has some very popular national dishes, namely hummus, falafel and schwarma. I could eat hummus every day and adore falafel but don’t really like shwarma as I have an aversion to shaved meat. Despite the delicious flavors of Israel, I do have to say that I find the food in this country to be […]

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10 Tips for Surviving a Souq

Souqs, or Arab outdoor marketplaces, are typically, but not always, crowded, busy and loud, harboring hundreds of aggressive shopkeepers trying to get you to buy their goods. Filled with locals and dotted with tourists, souqs are also full of energy, culturally revealing and photogenic. The first time I was in a souq, in Jerusalem, Israel […]

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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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The Lights of Dahab – Photo Essay

Dahab is the most enchanting town in Egypt. This mellow, sunny spot lies quietly on the Red Sea in the southern Sinai, swimming in a peaceful yet exciting atmosphere of Arab exoticism. Its indigenous people are a mix of Egyptian and Bedouin, its sizeable expat community largely Scandinavian and British, its tourists primarily Russian and […]

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Dahab’s Relaxation Goes Five Star at The Hilton Dahab Resort

Most people who visit Dahab, Egypt walk away, reluctantly, feeling that this is one of the most, if not the most, relaxing place on earth. And it truly is. I’ve spent a total of six laid back months in this peaceful little town on the Red Sea, but my last several days were the most […]

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Making Mosaics in Madaba, Jordan

I adore mosaics. Any time during my travels that I found there is a mosaic nearby, I go see it. This ancient form of art dating back to the 3rd Century B.C. sure can’t be found anywhere in my modern-day home country of the United States, but happily I see mosaics frequently amidst the thousands-of-years-old […]

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Traveling Through Egypt via Sleeper Train – Safe, Comfortable and Easy!

There are so many ways to travel around Egypt: plane, train, car, bus, taxi, minivan and ferry. And let us not forget camel. I’ve used all of these modes of transportation (except camel), and I have to say the one I’ve come out enjoying the most is the train. Short-distance train travel through Egypt I […]

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Simplicity is Delicious – Baking Bread in Dahab, Egypt

Last night at midnight I was walking with my Egyptian friend and his cousin down a dark, sandy road toward home when my friend said abruptly I want to buy bread. So we veered off the road onto a path, also dark and sandy, at the end of which stood several small buildings. Only one […]

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Egypt’s Presidential Election and the Future

I am so thrilled to be in Egypt at this moment in its history. Yesterday and today are amongst some of the most profoundly important days ever in Egypt, as the country has just held its first free presidential election in over 30 years. I have hope for Egypt but have to wonder, along with […]

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