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My Journey Through Syria in 2011 - Aleppo

I did a big Middle East tour back in the spring of 2011. I was traveling solo. This was near the beginning of the Mideast uprising. 662 more words


Bahrain is the perfect intro to the Middle East

Exotic.Charming.Historic. Just a few words to describe beautiful Bahrain. For a gentle step into the Middle East I highly recommend the Kingdom of Bahrain.

I had a brief stopover in Dubai before my December 2016 visit to Bahrain but I wouldn’t count this as a true taste of the region. 417 more words


A Modest Proposal

This week’s episode is transcribed from my archive of handwritten notebooks.

A Modest Proposal

Istanbul, Turkey; February 2013

The rock is special.  I found it at Wadi Rum when I was camped alone on a sand dune in the middle of nowhere.  5,593 more words

The Duke's Diwan

Featured attractions:

The Duke’s Diwan, Al-Malek Faisal St, Downtown Amman

Habibah Sweets, Al-Malek Faisal St, Downtown Amman (below the Duke’s Diwan)

Refurbished as a project funded by the Duke of Mukhaybeh – a long-time friend of Jordan’s King Hussein – this 1924-built townhouse sits with open doors on the central street downtown among restaurants, coffee shops, trinket stores and an assortment of other enterprises. 603 more words

Not all Jordan almonds are Jordan Almonds

This article on the cuisine of Jordan – with recipes ­– has little to do with almonds; it has everything to do with the misunderstood terms of authenticity and fusion when it relates to national cuisines. 1,060 more words

Travel And Food

On Traveling to Egypt

Five months ago, I went to Egypt. When I returned, I planned to write a rave review and urge others to visit Egypt too—for reasons I’ll get to later. 1,053 more words


Views from Oman

My internship at KAUST has come to an end and I am now back in the States. But instead of heading straight back home to California after my last day of work, I changed the date of my return flight to two weeks after my final day in lab and I wrapped up my second stay in Saudi Arabia with a two week trip around the Middle East.   428 more words