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About thefoodpilgrims

2008. A Beirut-iful summer.This is where and when our journey began. Even before we met face to face, we felt that this would be a faithful encounter! With time our adventure keeps ripening, blossoming, evolving and spanning across many continents.

What is the difference between a tourist and a pilgrim?

Both are on a journey. Whereas a tourist is satisfying the senses, a pilgrim is in the quest for truth. A tourist gets tired and tanned, while a pilgrim sparkles with spirit. Every move a pilgrim makes is with sacredness and gratitude, while a tourist is often preoccupied and unaware. A tourist compares with other experiences and places and hence is not in the present moment. But a pilgrim has a sense of sacredness, so he tends to be in the present moment.

Most people in life are just tourists without even being aware of it. Only a few make their life a pilgrimage.

Tourists come, look around, take pictures in their mind, only to come back again. Pilgrims are at home everywhere and are hollow and empty. When you consider life as sacred, nature waits on you.

And thus, we define ourselves as pilgrims.

We are two pilgrims to love, truth and beauty and we yearn for a life that is unconventional, bright, creative and unrestricted by the matrix of today’s societies. We are both followers and leaders of the art of non-conformity. We like to think outside the box, the frame and everything that puts us in a mold.

What puts us on the road is wanting to enjoy.

What brings us home is being in love.

Lina is all made up of words.
Sometimes they take over her mind, her soul, her entire being so thank God for inventing meditation and blogs so that these cheeky little words can be sent off to work!
She likes travel, Mandy’s photography, old books from the library, animals and the yoga life style and philosophy.

Mandy is a faithful lover of photography, a distinguished “international explorer” (although no expeditions are bearing her name yet :) ) and someone who cares deeply what happens in the world.
At times you can cross paths somewhere along the dusty roads of Africa, where she strives to promote and support fair and democratic principles.
Other times you will almost not see her behind her camera, threading the paved streets of our so called civilization and discovering the little truths in life, woven in the doors of a temple or steaming seductively from a colorful meal.