Arab Region (32)

Saudi Arabia: To Go or Not to Go?

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Photo of Women

A friend recently asked me if I wanted to visit Saudi Arabia to speak at a girls’ school. My instant reply: Yes! But then I thought a bit more about it and now I’m not so sure.

Last May, I …

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Dune Sports! *Video*

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

I am a die-hard fan of playing in the sand and my recent trip to the famous Namib Desert provided me with yet another opportunity to get a little gritty! Here’re my favorite dune sports:

Morocco – Riding the Dunes

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My Favorite 3 Mosques

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

I first started to appreciate Islamic culture while visiting Spain’s famous Alhambra – full or Moorish influence. But there’s no better representation of beautiful Arab architecture then some of Islam’s most sacred places of worship: Mosques.

Here’re 3 of my …

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MESSAGE – Egypt *Video*

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Felucca Sunset

I like Egypt. In fact, this was my second time here in just 3 years. During my first visit, I took the more traditional tourist route and visited all the famous sites the country has to offer: Giza’s pyramids and …

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Red Sea Diving: Sharks! *Video*

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

I just spent a week scuba diving the waters of the Red Sea. And lucky me! I had two great encounters with sharks – one with a hammerhead and one with 2 legs.

Both of my shark sightings left me …

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How to Cope with Sexual Harassment

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Cairo is thought to be one of the worst cities in the world for women—specifically because of the prevalence of harassment that abounds. I came across this aggression repeatedly during my one week visit.

A 2008 study by the Egyptian …

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Unease in the Middle East

Monday, August 8th, 2011

I’ll admit it, I got pretty scared a number of times during my recent sojourn in the Middle East. But before I tell you about the time I almost crawled under the car seat, let me tell you about the …

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MESSAGE – Lebanon *Video*

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Lebanon has a complex, multicultural population: roughly 60% Muslim and 40% Christian, and is made up of various different sects. Shiites comprise the largest Muslim group, while other Muslims are Sunnis and Druses. Among Christians, people follow the Maronite and …

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MESSAGE – Israel *Video*

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Dome of the Rock

I was only in Israel for 10 days – and I spent 5 of them volunteering at the fabulous nonprofit El HaLev. With such a short time, I was only able to take in a few cities: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, …

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Crashing into Sugar Cane: Ballooning in Egypt

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Balloon_over_Luxor_2Well, ballooning over Luxor’s famed Valley of the Kings sounded like a great idea. 

Although as we found out, the trip wasn’t quite “as advertised.”

In the end, we finally got up, just in time to start going down, down, …

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