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Trip: The Middle East

There are [28] stories from my trip: The Middle East

Istanbul, Turkey

TURKEY | Saturday, 10 Jan 2009 | Views [877] | Comments [1]

I'm glad I decided to go all the way up to Istanbul after going through the whole middle east.  Istanbul is where east meets west.  On top of traveling through a whole region and watching the appearance of the people, language, culture, and food slowly ... Read more >

Tags: aya sofya, blue mosque, istanbul, roman cistern, topkapu palace, turkey

Gallery: Istanbul, Turkey

TURKEY | Sunday, 4 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Update and charity info.

TURKEY | Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | Views [620] | Comments [1]

Ive been looking online at some Veteran Charities and I found one called "Homes for Our Troops."   This charities mission is to build homes and adapt them for soldiers who are severely wounded overseas and are permanently disabled.  They are ... Read more >

Tags: africa, arabian gulf, charity, update

Cyprus/Republic of Cyprus/Republic of Northern Cyprus/Turkish Occupied Territories.

CYPRUS | Monday, 29 Dec 2008 | Views [757] | Comments [1]

I didn't feel like typing a bunch of stories so I just grouped the whole country into one story.  Sorry, I'm lazy.  A little history to start off.  Turkey invaded Northern Cyprus in 1974.  They founded the Republic of Northern Cyprus.  The only country ... Read more >

Tags: cyprus, kykkos monastery, kyrenia, nicosia, troodos massif

Gallery: Cyprus

CYPRUS | Monday, 29 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Cappodocia, Turkey

TURKEY | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [651]

I stayed in a village called Goreme in Cappodocia.  It had a population of about a thousand, and the surrounding villages had about the same.  The area of Cappodocia is known for really cool rock formations and underground tunnels and buildings carved ... Read more >

Tags: cappodocia, cave houses, goreme, turkey

Gallery: Cappodocia, Turkey

TURKEY | Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Konya, Turkey

TURKEY | Sunday, 14 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Konya, Turkey

TURKEY | Sunday, 14 Dec 2008 | Views [612]

I made it from Aleppo to Turkey through various forms of transport.  Had to hitch for awhile after crossing the border but I made it.  Im glad I didnt take any direct buses, not that any exist anyway.  Thursday night was the last night of Eid, and ... Read more >

Tags: konya, mevlana festival, sufi, turkey

Aleppo, Syria

SYRIA | Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | Views [618] | Comments [1]

Arriving to Aleppo during Eid wasn't the greatest idea.  Everything was closed, and it was rainy every day.  That's why I only have a few pictures.  It was finally sunny today so I went out a bit, checked out the Souqs and went up to the citadel.  Ok, ... Read more >

Tags: aleppo, call to prayer, crap weather, syria

Gallery: Aleppo, Syria

SYRIA | Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Crac De Cheveliers, Syria

SYRIA | Sunday, 7 Dec 2008 | Views [546] | Comments [1]

It sounds fancy but it's just some crusader castle in the west.  It dates about one thousand years or so.  T.E. Lawrence apparently said it's the most magnificent castle he's ever seen.  I think my Lonely Planet guide made that up though.  Outside of ... Read more >

Tags: camel jockey, crac de cheveliers, crusader castle, lonely planet, syria

Hama, Syria

SYRIA | Sunday, 7 Dec 2008 | Views [588]

The main draw to Hama is the "Norias" or waterwheels.  They are made of wood and date back to the Roman era.  Originally they were used to facilitate irrigation in the surrounding fields.  They're around now mainly for the aesthetic quality.... Read more >

Tags: hama, norias, syria

Damascus, Syria

SYRIA | Sunday, 7 Dec 2008 | Views [693]

Ok, I'm finally writing my Damascus thing.  Obviously, I liked it there.  Three days turned into two weeks.  It was difficult pulling myself away from there.  We went to a Sheesha bar everynight next to our hotel.  It was the type of place you shake ... Read more >

Tags: damascus, sheesha, syria

Palmyra, Syria

SYRIA | Wednesday, 3 Dec 2008 | Views [615] | Comments [1]

I didn't think it would be possible to see to many Roman ruins.  I'm "ruined" out after Palmyra.  It's a small town, with a scattered Roman city on it's outskirts.  As usual, not to many tourists, so the highlight was crawling and climbing ... Read more >

Tags: palmyra, roman ruins, syria


SYRIA | Friday, 28 Nov 2008 | Views [560]

So, I'm in Damascus right now.  I really liked it here so when I finished Lebanon I came back.  In a few days or a week or so, I'll head to Northern Syria.  Then Turkey.  I think I'll be spending Christmas in Turkey.  I'm not sure where I'll go from there.... Read more >

Tags: dont watch the news anymore


LEBANON | Thursday, 27 Nov 2008 | Views [727] | Comments [2]

Well I've covered a lot of ground in the past few days. I started in Ba'albek, Lebanon. It is a small town in the middle of Hizbollah controlled territory but it has to have some of the best Roman ruins I've ever seen. I would say that I liked the ruins ... Read more >

Tags: baalbek, beirut, damascus, lebanon, steak dinner

Bosra, Syria

SYRIA | Friday, 21 Nov 2008 | Views [576]

Getting to Bosra was an adventure in itself.  Not because there was a lack of public transportation.  Just the global fact that taxi drivers and bus drivers are the shittiest people in the world.  That's all I'll go into for that.  Also Bosra is right ... Read more >

Tags: bosra, damascus, harem, pictures, syria

Ma'alula, Syria

SYRIA | Friday, 21 Nov 2008 | Views [887] | Comments [1]

Sorry I haven't updated in awhile, I've been keeping myself busy in Damascus.  So far Syria is definitely my favorite middle eastern country.  The people here are so friendly and hospitable.  Even after I tell them I'm American.  I really love Damascus, ... Read more >

Tags: damascus, maalula, middle east, syria


ISRAEL | Friday, 14 Nov 2008 | Views [585] | Comments [5]

I only spent a week in Israel.  One or two days in Tiberias,(On the Sea of Galilee), and five days in Jerusalem.  It was expensive but it's an amazing city.  Me and my Aussie friends stayed in the Muslim quarter.  It was quiet at night cause of the curfew.... Read more >

Tags: bethlehem, israel, jericho, jerusalem, palestine, tiberias

Jericho, Palestine.

PALESTINE | Sunday, 9 Nov 2008 | Views [907] | Comments [1]

Not what I expected.  Well, after my Israeli border debacle anyway.  I was stuck on the border for five hours trying to get in.  I was the last guy let into Israel that day on the King Hussein Bridge crossing.  Even the Palistinians got in ahead of me.... Read more >

Tags: border debacle, israel, jericho, mount of temptation, palestine

Amman/Dead Sea/ Mt. Nebo Jordan

JORDAN | Sunday, 9 Nov 2008 | Views [961]

A lot has happened in the past few days so I'll try to keep it short and concise.  I'm still with the Aussies, we get along great and we kind of have a similar itinerary so were traveling together for the moment.  Getting to the Dead Sea from Amman was ... Read more >

Tags: amman, dead sea, dead sea mud, jordan, mt. nebo

Petra, Jordan

JORDAN | Monday, 3 Nov 2008 | Views [764] | Comments [1]

Me and my Aussie friends, Dave, Kyle, and Britt hitched/rode a taxi from Wadi Rum to Petra.  Petra was beyond description.  As much as visiting the site itself, just as rewarding was sitting in a Sheesha bar talking for hours with a Bedouin and Palistinian.... Read more >

Tags: amman, hitchhiking, petra, sheesha, wadi rum

Mt. Sinai, Egypt ,Aqaba, and Wadi Rum Jordan

JORDAN | Saturday, 1 Nov 2008 | Views [1538] | Comments [3]

I finally managed to pull myself away from Dahab.  Pristine coral reefs, 1.75 a night accomodation and 2 dollar meals.  It was hard to leave to say the least.  I climbed Mt. Sinai before I left.  We climbed in the middle of the night so we could see ... Read more >

Tags: aqaba, egypt, jordan, lemmings, mt. sinai, wadi rum

Dahab, Egypt

EGYPT | Saturday, 25 Oct 2008 | Views [892] | Comments [2]

I've been in Dahab I think a week now.  This is one of the places that you get here as a backpacker passing through, and then stay forever.  I got here via bus from Luxor.  It was an 18 hour bus ride overnight.  They played Arabic movies, which mostly ... Read more >

Tags: beach, dahab, diving, egypt, gonna be an expat, scuba, sinai

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