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

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 says […]

This is Syria?

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 little […]

Mokkatam Village a/k/a Garbage City in Cairo

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 people […]

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Things I Find In Other Countries That Don’t Exist at Home, Part I

Travel is the ultimate eye opener. If your routine life is growing a little old, take a trip and learn how the rest of the world lives. After traveling to even just a few countries, you’ll see that there are some ways of life in your home country which seem perfectly natural to you but […]

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Weekend Snapshot – Jumping off the Jaws Bridge on Martha’s Vineyard, USA

My absolute favorite summertime destination in the U.S. is Martha’s Vineyard. Just four short hours via car and ferry from my home in Connecticut, this quintessentially quaint New England island comes to life in the three short months of summer, when you can enjoy all the outdoorsy activities there is no way you can handle […]

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On Top of Mount Sinai

In Egypt, the land of awesome ancient wonders, by far my most tremendous experience has been climbing Mount Sinai. The thrill of this outweighed even walking amongst the jaw dropping pyramids of Giza in 2009. My first attempt to climb the mountain where it is believed that Moses received the Ten Commandments was aborted before […]

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Aziz and the Greatest Gift of Travel

9:30 in the morning on my last day in Egypt I walked down Dahab’s main street to climb aboard the van that would take me to the border with Israel, when on my right appeared a very sweet guy named Aziz. Nicknamed Zezo, I’d gotten to know this thin young Egyptian as I’d walked several […]

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Weekend Snapshot – Hosni Mubarak in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

Living through a little history is something that doesn’t happen often, to me anyway. While in Egypt last month, though, I was able to ask many locals how they felt about the recent revolution, learning that they were unanimously unhappy with their former regime while now optimistic and hopeful about the future. I managed to […]

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The Best of Solo Female Traveler – My 7 Links

I love connecting with other travel bloggers, usually on Twitter, sometimes on Facebook, and on too-rare occasions in person. The Tripbase My 7 Links project on which this post is based is a unique forum which gives me yet another way of connecting with bloggers. Here I’ll be sharing posts I’ve written in the seven […]

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Why I Left Local Culture Behind to Revel in Luxury

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 they […]

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My First Wildfire

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 be […]

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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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Anmar the Iraqi and My First Morning in Nuweiba, Egypt

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 coffee, […]

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

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 depart […]

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Weekend Snapshot – Aish in Nuweiba, Egypt

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 of […]

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