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Entries Tagged as 'Middle East'

Ganesh, Our Guide

January 22nd, 2013 by · 3 Comments · Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Syria

The Elephant Cloud wakes from a long slumber. When our story left off, we were separated in the remotes of Ethiopia. Me on the side of the road with an empty tank of gas, Darlene in a hospital with no running water. Being separated from your partner in remote parts of the world is one […]

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May 25th, 2010 by · 3 Comments · Africa, Middle East, Morocco, Palestine, Syria

There is always water. Mosques of the old medinas go hand in hand with the hammam. Courtyards are adorned with fountains and in some, large ablution rooms lay deep within the mosque. It is social, it is for cleansing ones self. In Casablanca, the mosque is built over the sea. A bastion of faith on […]

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May 20th, 2010 by · 4 Comments · Middle East, Palestine

“Why do you want to venture into the West Bank?“ Ominous 25ft walled gates wrapped in barbed wire and torn plastic bags escorted my crossing. Passport control, one-way turnstile, another passport control.  An endless reminder of entering somewhere forbidden, dangerous as I cleared each security check, until the last gates opened and I entered Bethlehem,  […]

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Travel with a Good Book

May 7th, 2010 by · 3 Comments · Africa, Egypt, Jordan, Middle East

There is a magnetic draw to the Middle East, where history is so powerful that people completely lose themselves. It is the home of three of the worlds largest monotheistic religions, all born of a single father, reading from a common book. And I love a good book. Immersing myself in the fiction and wrapping […]

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