The Amazing 2,000-Year-Old Boat on Kibbutz Nof Ginossar, Israel

Tweet I always said that some day the sea will give us a gift, says Yuvi Lufan. His prediction proved true. The gift which was given by the sea is now one of northern Israel greatest treasures, and my personal favorite. The sea of which Mr. Lufan speaks is the Sea of Galilee, and he […]

This is Syria?

Tweet Knowing, as we do, that civil war is raging on in Syria, with its people enduring horrifying daily bloodbaths, it seems that the entire country must be in a state of catastrophic chaos. So when I got to look across the border into Syria the other day, it was shocking to see this: A […]

Mokkatam Village a/k/a Garbage City in Cairo

Tweet I sat down to write a post about the amazing Cave Church I visited in Cairo, when I began instead reading up on the people who live in the village that is home to the church. Soon it became clear that an entire post should be dedicated to what little I know about these […]

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Why I Left Local Culture Behind to Revel in Luxury

Tweet I am a lover of all things culturally authentic and when I travel always purposefully immerse myself as deeply as I can into the midst of where the local action is. However, I’ve also had the privilege of staying in four and five star hotels in my life and, let me tell you, while […]

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My First Wildfire

Tweet I first started hearing the planes at about 1:00 p.m. Israel time yesterday, so loud that I figured they were fighter jets which so often pass through the skies here. A look out the window, though, showed me not large grey warcraft but a couple of yellow planes so small I thought they must […]

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Top 10 Things to See and Do in Istanbul

Tweet I have no doubt that Istanbul is one of the most fascinating cities in the Middle East. I haven’t yet touched this area spanning two continents, but the day is drawing nigh. Happily, I was sent this guest post, which gives me and you some important tips for enjoying this exotic city once we […]

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Weekend Snapshot – Boys in Dishdashas in Muscat, Oman

Tweet 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 […]

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Anmar the Iraqi and My First Morning in Nuweiba, Egypt

Tweet In Nuweiba, Egypt people wake up when they want. This not-too-pleasant surprise my first morning in this Sinai village segued into an unforgettable journey into town for coffee with a light-haired man with very few teeth wearing jeans twice his size and claiming to be a Christian Iraqi. Anmar the Iraqi supplied me with […]

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The Excitement that Awaits in Southampton, England

Tweet England was the first foreign country I visited not on the continent of North America. I was deeply charmed by its rolling countryside, the aged buildings standing behind modern facades, and the welcoming nature of its people. I didn’t travel to Southampton, but this guest post tells me there’s a lot waiting there for […]

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My 2nd Attempt to Climb Mount Sinai – and The Good Things Changed Travel Plans Can Bring

Tweet Tonight, finally, I am going to climb Mount Sinai, a long-held dream. I’m Christian, so this mountain means something to me, as the probable spot where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. I also love to exercise, and this is going to be an unforgetable, one-of-a-kind workout. With a small group I will […]

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Weekend Snapshot – Aish in Nuweiba, Egypt

Tweet Re-entering the Arab world a few days ago after leaving it and spending three months in Israel happily reopened my eyes to sights to which I’d left behind. The time I’ve spent here in the small rural community of Nuweiba, Egypt, also allowed me to witness some incredible new sights. A camel eating out […]

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A Slice of Tel Aviv

Tweet It’s rather shocking, to myself anyway, that after spending several months in Israel I’d never traveled to Tel Aviv. It became obvious a couple of weeks ago that a trip to this extremely popular, very busy city on the Mediterranean was necessary. And when travel is necessary, it’s necessary. So I hopped on a […]

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Weekend Snapshot – Siesta in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Tweet Many cultures around the world share similarities, some of which stand out as lifestyles or habits that my own Western world would probably be smart to adopt. One healthy routine I’ve either seen firsthand or learned about from a local is the daily siesta. We probably all know that afternoon naps are popular in […]

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Top Tips for Travel to Istanbul

Tweet One Middle Eastern destination I haven’t yet touched is Turkey. I will definitely be traveling to Istanbul one day soon, though. This guest post gives me and you some important tips for enjoying this exotic city once we arrive. Travellers and tourists are flocking to experience the sense of energy and innovation that surges […]

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5 Things Uniquely Israeli

Tweet I’ve always found much to love about the country of Israel: its most exciting city on earth, Jerusalem, its incredibly gorgeous nature of the north, and the open and friendly ways of its people. You can find excitement, beauty and friendliness all over the world, though. Israel has sights and qualities you can’t easily […]

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