Muscat: The beautiful Middle Eastern city that you should explore very soon!

I remeber chatting to a friend once in a coffee shop and she advised me that I should visit Oman. I listened to my friend’s advice and booked my flight to Muscat the country’s capital city. I ended up staying in Muscat for four days with friends of friends: what a wonderful experience it was!Continue reading “Muscat: The beautiful Middle Eastern city that you should explore very soon!”

Petra: The Beautiful, Ancient Rose City that took my breath away

The best Valentines Day I ever spent was in Petra with my sister, Ruth. I was studying Arabic abroad and my sister Ruth jumped on a plane to come and visit me in Jordan. I can still remember how excited I was to see her and how I practically jumped onto her as she enteredContinue reading “Petra: The Beautiful, Ancient Rose City that took my breath away”

Is it a necklace? Is it a shopping bag? No, it is the Kingdom Tower of Riyadh!

When I first moved to Riyadh and took a taxi to the National Museum of Saudi Arabia, a strangetower caught my eye. We continued to drive down Olaya street and I tried to take a picture of the interesting looking tower without much success. “Excuse me, what is the name of that tower?” I askedContinue reading “Is it a necklace? Is it a shopping bag? No, it is the Kingdom Tower of Riyadh!”

The hidden secrets of the Old City of Jerusalem: Exploring the Christian and Muslim Quarters

There is no city quite like Jerusalem, the capital that attracts over 3.5 million tourists each year. I spent roughly three years living in the city and I can tell you that I most enjoyed living in the Old City. The Old city of Jerusalem is divided into four quarters: the Muslim quarter, the JewishContinue reading “The hidden secrets of the Old City of Jerusalem: Exploring the Christian and Muslim Quarters”

The Secrets of the Wilderness – Hike with Dan

Flowers in the Desert That sounds like an oxymoron. They are two words that would not normally be seen together: two words that seem self contradicting.  However, it is true, flowers do grow in the desert. They do not grow for very long, but each spring, right after the few drops of rain that reachContinue reading “The Secrets of the Wilderness – Hike with Dan”

The man in the Jungle

“Taking care of children has nothing to do with politics. I think perhaps with time, instead of there being a politicization of humanitarian aid, there will be a humanization of politics.” – Audrey Hepburn I grew up in England in an average working class home. Nothing about my life is especially extraordinary but equally theContinue reading “The man in the Jungle”

Sultan Qaboos Mosque

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (جَامِع ٱلسُّلْطَان قَابُوْس ٱلْأَكْبَر‎) is the main mosque in Muscat, the capital city of the Sultanate of Oman. The Mosque was commisioned by the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said al Said in 1992. He wanted to create a mosque to rival the mosques in the Middle East, thus making Oman famous. TheContinue reading “Sultan Qaboos Mosque”

The flower that bloomed

Click here, to read more of the Jerusalem series. There is someone that I know who lives down a narrow street somewhere in the city by the bakers. The house with the small patio and the black ever so slightly rusted gate. If you ever visit her you will often find her scurrying from roomContinue reading “The flower that bloomed”

The songbird and I

Once upon a time, on a day that nobody remembers, a songbird was released from its cage. I’m sure that would have been quite a day! I wish that I could have watched her finally break free into the night sky. For that night she had been gifted with a new song. This is aContinue reading “The songbird and I”

The Secrets of the Wilderness – Hike with Dan

Wadi Darga and the Caves of Bar Kochba This hike has it all. Adventure. Danger. Panorama. History. Spectacular views. Isolation.  On the Northwestern side of the Dead Sea is a canyon system called the Nahal Darga. The word ‘Nahal’ means dry riverbed. The Nahal Darga  is a very deep, rugged, dry riverbed that flows intoContinue reading “The Secrets of the Wilderness – Hike with Dan”