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The Labors of Bucephalus No matter how tedious life at times could become, one look out the window was enough to remind me that not far away, the world-and adventure-were impatiently waiting.-R. Morse

Gallery: The Best Ones

WORLDWIDE | Saturday, 29 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Remember the Stars of Sinai

USA | Saturday, 29 Mar 2008 | Views [785] | Comments [2]

In a coffee shop in rainy Portland, I feel a sort of strange disassociation from the English speakers around me.  In a way, I miss the unintelligible Arabic tongue I had grown accustomed to, miss the concentration it afforded me while writing.  Eavesdropping was ... Read more >

Alexandria the Great

EGYPT | Sunday, 23 Mar 2008 | Views [4811] | Comments [2]

Arriving in Alexandria was an initially morose and depressing experience for me.  After all, this was the intellectual center of the Hellenistic world, home to the legendary Cleopatra.  Founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC, Alexandria boasted of monuments ... Read more >

Gallery: Alexandria

EGYPT | Thursday, 20 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Giza Plateau

EGYPT | Thursday, 20 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

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True Wonders

EGYPT | Thursday, 20 Mar 2008 | Views [1155]

Michael Jackson was cranky.  I know this because when I pulled left, he turned right.  When I snapped the reins, he slowed down, and when I shot a photo of him, he grumbled and moaned.  The camel is an amazing animal though, and one that I'm not sure ... Read more >

Dante's Tenth Circle

EGYPT | Saturday, 15 Mar 2008 | Views [1907] | Comments [5]

I'm not sure why, but for some reason, a dinner cruise along the Nile sounded like fun last night.  So I threw down my 120 pounds, put on a nice shirt, and almost immediately regretted my decision.  It seems I was the only one at my hotel who signed ... Read more >

Gallery: Cairo

EGYPT | Saturday, 15 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Chaos and Cheops

EGYPT | Saturday, 15 Mar 2008 | Views [1101]

As I have heard from numerous travelers heading north from there, Cairo is not for the faint of heart.  The traffic, the dust, the noise and the smog, plus the inumerable touts, make this a mind-blowing (or numbing) metropolis.  I am still amazed that ... Read more >

Gallery: Luxor

EGYPT | Saturday, 15 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

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My Addiction to Sheesha

EGYPT | Saturday, 15 Mar 2008 | Views [1496]

Luxor has been fabulous.  This is, after all, my first exposure to what I consider "true" Egypt.  It is a hot, hazy place chock-full of palm trees and awe-invoking temples.  This was the capital city of Ancient Egypt during the 11th and 18th ... Read more >

Cool Water, Scorched Earth

EGYPT | Saturday, 8 Mar 2008 | Views [2846]

One word describes Dahab: Paradisal.  And to no surprise, my first intention of only two days here has turned into six, as I have been practically hypnotized by its idyllic, tranquil vibe, and have spent many an hour on pillows by the water side, sipping ... Read more >

Tags: relaxation

The Quiet Majesty of Petra

JORDAN | Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | Views [8299] | Comments [2]

"Would you like some tea?" she asked, as her doey-eyed children sold postcards and scampered among the promontories near Al-Deir.  To the west lay the eastern border of Israel, dotted with crumbling, weathered mountain tops.  Behind us, spread ... Read more >

Tags: the great outdoors

Gallery: Dahab & Sinai

EGYPT | Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Petra

JORDAN | Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

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City of God

ISRAEL | Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | Views [1069] | Comments [1]

The one place that has left the greatest impression upon me so far has been Jerusalem.  There is such a sense of ease there, no feelings of tension, or danger, just a beautiful city steeped in the history of significance.  What also was impressed upon ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

The Wailing Wall

ISRAEL | Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | Views [1346] | Comments [2] | Video

My time spent at the Wailing, or Western Wall (The last remnant of the 2nd Temple built under King Herod) was in some ways a profound experience.  Little cardboard yarmulkes are distributed, and though the slightest breeze blows them off, you are required ... Read more >

Tags: People

Gallery: Jerusalem

ISRAEL | Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Byblose, Tyre and Beyond

LEBANON | Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Tourism and Spirituality

ISRAEL | Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | Views [1248]

On a roof-top cafe, Old Jerusalem is gloriously sread out before me. To the north is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed to be the site of Christ's cruxificion, burial, and resurrection.  To theeast, the Temple Mount, where the first ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel

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