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Deep-Fried Mars Bar

Reading the title will most likely incite one of two reactions: Eww – Gross! OR Hmm.. could be interesting. I’m listening.
Read on to find out more:

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Deep-Fried Mars Bar

Reading the title will most likely incite one of two reactions: Eww – Gross! OR Hmm.. could be interesting. I’m listening.
Read on to find out more:

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Moleskine On-the-Go

While in-transit through Heathrow Airport this weekend, I ran past (yeah, ran – my transit time was very short) an adorable Moleskine pop-up booth in the duty-free zone. After doing a double-take and fighting the urge to stop to take

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Moleskine On-the-Go

While in-transit through Heathrow Airport this weekend, I ran past (yeah, ran – my transit time was very short) an adorable Moleskine pop-up booth in the duty-free zone. After doing a double-take and fighting the urge to stop to take

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A Hospital for Dolls

A visit to the charming patients of the Hospital de Bonecas (or Doll Hospital) in Lisbon reveals a hauntingly, enchanting experience where lost limbs are replaced, faces painted and childhood memories are “repaired”.

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A Hospital for Dolls

A visit to the charming patients of the Hospital de Bonecas (or Doll Hospital) in Lisbon reveals a hauntingly, enchanting experience where lost limbs are replaced, faces painted and childhood memories are “repaired”.

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Meet the Greeks

This range of paper cut-and-fold cartoon figures take a tongue-in-cheek approach to Greek mythology and we were drawn to the unexpected whimsy behind them.

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Meet the Greeks

This range of paper cut-and-fold cartoon figures take a tongue-in-cheek approach to Greek mythology and we were drawn to the unexpected whimsy behind them.

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Micro-wow wow!

On a murky Friday afternoon (original post), the only sunshine is in the reggae rhythm of Microguagua as they perform in front of an excited crowd along the Barcelonetta. Googoo-gaga? Nicaragua? Actually, Microguagua comes from the words “micro” and “guagua”, which are

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Micro-wow wow!

On a murky Friday afternoon (original post), the only sunshine is in the reggae rhythm of Microguagua as they perform in front of an excited crowd along the Barcelonetta. Googoo-gaga? Nicaragua? Actually, Microguagua comes from the words “micro” and “guagua”, which are

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Hauntingly Enchanting

There was something intriguing about the burial sites on the small island of Rodrigues. Both face the Indian Ocean nostalgically and both hold an assortment of tombstones revealing the various ethnicities that have lived on the island at some point or another.

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Hauntingly Enchanting

There was something intriguing about the burial sites on the small island of Rodrigues. Both face the Indian Ocean nostalgically and both hold an assortment of tombstones revealing the various ethnicities that have lived on the island at some point or another.

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The Island with One Gas Station

There’s only one gas station on the island of Rodrigues. Just one. Can you imagine how it must be to go all the way from one side of the island to another just to refill?

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The Island with One Gas Station

There’s only one gas station on the island of Rodrigues. Just one. Can you imagine how it must be to go all the way from one side of the island to another just to refill?

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The Dubai 50

I wouldn’t call The Dubai 5o: The Ultimate City Guide a travel guidebook. At least not in the classical sense. It offers no fold-out maps, recommendations or any of the typical travel tips for things to see/do while in Dubai. Not

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The Dubai 50

I wouldn’t call The Dubai 5o: The Ultimate City Guide a travel guidebook. At least not in the classical sense. It offers no fold-out maps, recommendations or any of the typical travel tips for things to see/do while in Dubai. Not

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“Not all those who wander are lost.”

I personally love the quote and was interested to see how different people visualize it (the designer in me speaking here) so I started collecting a few of my favorites to share here.

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“Not all those who wander are lost.”

I personally love the quote and was interested to see how different people visualize it (the designer in me speaking here) so I started collecting a few of my favorites to share here.

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A Rising Phoenix

While riding in our taxi from the airport in Mauritius over to Grand Bay, our driver points out the brewery for the local Phoenix beer with an understated pride.

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A Rising Phoenix

While riding in our taxi from the airport in Mauritius over to Grand Bay, our driver points out the brewery for the local Phoenix beer with an understated pride.

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Bedouins at Grape Harvest

The bedouins who dwell on the western side of the Bekaa valley are experts at grape harvesting, working the soil for the grape’s prosperity. Karim takes us on this journey through his photographs..

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Bedouins at Grape Harvest

The bedouins who dwell on the western side of the Bekaa valley are experts at grape harvesting, working the soil for the grape’s prosperity. Karim takes us on this journey through his photographs..

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Trendy Travel Journals

One of the best ways to bring back your travels home and remember all the adventures is through a travel journal – and there’s one for every personality type. Check them out here:

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Trendy Travel Journals

One of the best ways to bring back your travels home and remember all the adventures is through a travel journal – and there’s one for every personality type. Check them out here:

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Pop-Up Dining in Beirut

If you’re into trying out new things in our city and avoiding the typical Gemmayze-Mar Mikhael bar scene, The Junkyard should be next on your list. It’s certainly an experience!

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Pop-Up Dining in Beirut

If you’re into trying out new things in our city and avoiding the typical Gemmayze-Mar Mikhael bar scene, The Junkyard should be next on your list. It’s certainly an experience!

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What’s on your travel bucket list?

Having an idea for where you want to go and why makes the adventure that much more worthwhile – tell us, what’s on YOUR travel bucket list?

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What’s on your travel bucket list?

Having an idea for where you want to go and why makes the adventure that much more worthwhile – tell us, what’s on YOUR travel bucket list?

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55 best travel tips.. and then some!

Travel tips from the widely-popular The Everywhereist blog and then some. Share your own with us too!

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55 best travel tips.. and then some!

Travel tips from the widely-popular The Everywhereist blog and then some. Share your own with us too!

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Vespa and the World

Vespas are by far the most photogenic and flirtatious modes of transport out there. And they know it. Oftentimes it even appears like their posing for a shot and definitely love the attention!

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Vespa and the World

Vespas are by far the most photogenic and flirtatious modes of transport out there. And they know it. Oftentimes it even appears like their posing for a shot and definitely love the attention!

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Trendy Luggage Tags

Last week we shared a collection of some trendy travel bags we spotted online that we thought you’d like. This time it was all about the tags – and there are so many quirky ones out there with fun messages

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Trendy Luggage Tags

Last week we shared a collection of some trendy travel bags we spotted online that we thought you’d like. This time it was all about the tags – and there are so many quirky ones out there with fun messages

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An Infographic to Help You Pack

There seems to be an infographic out there about just about anything, right? We came across this very helpful one for the next time you’re packing your luggage, listing where and how everything should go in a few easy steps.

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An Infographic to Help You Pack

There seems to be an infographic out there about just about anything, right? We came across this very helpful one for the next time you’re packing your luggage, listing where and how everything should go in a few easy steps.

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Boho Beirut

“Finally” was the first word to come out of my mouth upon picking up this new guide to Lebanon by ultra-chic lifestyle writer Shirine Saad

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Boho Beirut

“Finally” was the first word to come out of my mouth upon picking up this new guide to Lebanon by ultra-chic lifestyle writer Shirine Saad

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Trendy Travel Bags

In line with the name of this travel blog, how you carry your stuff when traveling is very important (and often the biggest concern prior to a trip). Yes, you want to travel light and take only the essentials, but

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Trendy Travel Bags

In line with the name of this travel blog, how you carry your stuff when traveling is very important (and often the biggest concern prior to a trip). Yes, you want to travel light and take only the essentials, but

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1905 Farmer’s Market

The market was buzzing with both foreigners and locals selling home-made, organic food in little booths organized neatly around a tranquil outdoor garden. It was a little piece of heaven to sit there after experiencing all the hectic noise of the city!

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1905 Farmer’s Market

The market was buzzing with both foreigners and locals selling home-made, organic food in little booths organized neatly around a tranquil outdoor garden. It was a little piece of heaven to sit there after experiencing all the hectic noise of the city!

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Lassi – the Drink, not the Dog!

The best place to try out a Lassi in Kathmandu is at this little shop within the popular Ason Tole shopping district in Thamel. The first time I had a Lassi in Nepal was actually at this place!

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Lassi – the Drink, not the Dog!

The best place to try out a Lassi in Kathmandu is at this little shop within the popular Ason Tole shopping district in Thamel. The first time I had a Lassi in Nepal was actually at this place!

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The “Ooh-la-la” Song

The soundtrack of my trip to Nepal can be summed up to the following lyrics: Ooh La La, Ooh La La. I had no clue what they meant the entire time I was there but I heard the “Ooh La La” song almost every time I rode the 30-minute micro up and down the village where I was staying.

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The “Ooh-la-la” Song

The soundtrack of my trip to Nepal can be summed up to the following lyrics: Ooh La La, Ooh La La. I had no clue what they meant the entire time I was there but I heard the “Ooh La La” song almost every time I rode the 30-minute micro up and down the village where I was staying.

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Craving Gazpacho?

One of the highlights of the summer season (for us, at least) is a fresh, chilled bowl of gazpacho when the heat goes up. Luckily, we didn’t need to look far to find a few nice places in Beirut that served the Spanish dish!

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Craving Gazpacho?

One of the highlights of the summer season (for us, at least) is a fresh, chilled bowl of gazpacho when the heat goes up. Luckily, we didn’t need to look far to find a few nice places in Beirut that served the Spanish dish!

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Unexpected Brunch Places

Whether it’s a way to bring in more people during off-peak times or an overall new trend in our capital, it’s certainly the right strategy especially if their brunch is half as good as the drink and dinner menus that we’re used to.

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Unexpected Brunch Places

Whether it’s a way to bring in more people during off-peak times or an overall new trend in our capital, it’s certainly the right strategy especially if their brunch is half as good as the drink and dinner menus that we’re used to.

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Ice Cream in a Box

We spotted this street vendor by Lakeside in Pokara preparing ice cream for some local children surrounding his cart. We watched as he twisted, turned and tapped on the silver aluminum containers housing this yellow popsicle-like treat.

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Ice Cream in a Box

We spotted this street vendor by Lakeside in Pokara preparing ice cream for some local children surrounding his cart. We watched as he twisted, turned and tapped on the silver aluminum containers housing this yellow popsicle-like treat.

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Hate Plastic Bags

Buddhi Chettri is a clever businessman.Well, actually he’s mostly an Annapurna trekking guide but he’s found a very powerful way to make himself stand out among the rest.

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Hate Plastic Bags

Buddhi Chettri is a clever businessman.Well, actually he’s mostly an Annapurna trekking guide but he’s found a very powerful way to make himself stand out among the rest.

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“Istanbul Eats”

One book I found that helps tremendously in finding the kind of food you’re craving while in Istanbul is “Istanbul Eats: Exploring the Culinary Backstreets”..

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“Istanbul Eats”

One book I found that helps tremendously in finding the kind of food you’re craving while in Istanbul is “Istanbul Eats: Exploring the Culinary Backstreets”..

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Mind Your Left Hand

I never really consciously thought about my hands or what they were doing on a daily basis until I arrived in Nepal. How many of us do really? Well, turns out which hand you use in Nepali culture is kind of a big deal.

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Mind Your Left Hand

I never really consciously thought about my hands or what they were doing on a daily basis until I arrived in Nepal. How many of us do really? Well, turns out which hand you use in Nepali culture is kind of a big deal.

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“LeCool Changed My Life”

Alternative and artsy travel guidebooks are in and they’re here to replace your traditional run-of-the-mill ones that, let’s admit, are usually generic, bulky and boring. Enter this quirky and fun series by LeCool!

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“LeCool Changed My Life”

Alternative and artsy travel guidebooks are in and they’re here to replace your traditional run-of-the-mill ones that, let’s admit, are usually generic, bulky and boring. Enter this quirky and fun series by LeCool!

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“Arresting God in Kathmandu”

I have a weakness for books. Anyone who knows me knows that. For some reason, it manifests itself strongest while I’m traveling and surrounded by little bookshops with titles in foreign languages or locally-published editions you know you won’t find elsewhere.

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“Arresting God in Kathmandu”

I have a weakness for books. Anyone who knows me knows that. For some reason, it manifests itself strongest while I’m traveling and surrounded by little bookshops with titles in foreign languages or locally-published editions you know you won’t find elsewhere.

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Which Beer: Nepal Ice or Everest?

The top-selling brands of locally-brewed beers in Nepal are Everest and Nepal Ice. Which brew is better though?

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Which Beer: Nepal Ice or Everest?

The top-selling brands of locally-brewed beers in Nepal are Everest and Nepal Ice. Which brew is better though?

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Find Krishna

Now although Krishna is among the most common names in Nepal, there’s one Krishna you should keep an eye out for while visiting Kathmandu.

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Find Krishna

Now although Krishna is among the most common names in Nepal, there’s one Krishna you should keep an eye out for while visiting Kathmandu.

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8 Creative Suitcase Designs

Long gone are the days when a suitcase was just a suitcase. Today, in the hands of some pretty crafty designers, suitcases can make a bold statement and even take on new uses one wouldn’t have imagined. Check out the

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8 Creative Suitcase Designs

Long gone are the days when a suitcase was just a suitcase. Today, in the hands of some pretty crafty designers, suitcases can make a bold statement and even take on new uses one wouldn’t have imagined. Check out the

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Add a Sprinkle of Soul

Saila Dai learned how to cook when he was a young man working in Kathmandu. It was a necessary skill that he developed to make some money working in local restaurants. Saila Dai has not had an easy life, but that’s not what this post is about.

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Add a Sprinkle of Soul

Saila Dai learned how to cook when he was a young man working in Kathmandu. It was a necessary skill that he developed to make some money working in local restaurants. Saila Dai has not had an easy life, but that’s not what this post is about.

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Straw Stitch

You’ll spot women across the mountains of Nepal carrying straw baskets that tie across their hips and heads. They tend to use them for collecting crops, wood or hay to bring home. I’ve even seen a few in the capital

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Straw Stitch

You’ll spot women across the mountains of Nepal carrying straw baskets that tie across their hips and heads. They tend to use them for collecting crops, wood or hay to bring home. I’ve even seen a few in the capital

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The First Rice

At around 6 months of age, a Nepali baby will undergo a special ceremony similar to a baptism but very tied to local traditions and religious beliefs. It’s the first rice ceremony and it’s a big deal in Nepal –

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The First Rice

At around 6 months of age, a Nepali baby will undergo a special ceremony similar to a baptism but very tied to local traditions and religious beliefs. It’s the first rice ceremony and it’s a big deal in Nepal –

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No frills or fuss, but a whole lot of personality

“Just ask for Maguy” was all I had to go by on my quest for the quaint shack rumored to serve the best seafood in Batroun. I was intrigued, and surely enough, that was all I needed to find it.

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No frills or fuss, but a whole lot of personality

“Just ask for Maguy” was all I had to go by on my quest for the quaint shack rumored to serve the best seafood in Batroun. I was intrigued, and surely enough, that was all I needed to find it.

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Everyone’s “Day3a”

Anyone who’s originally from Lebanon will have a “day3a” (or village in English) from where they are from. With many families, the biggest clue for which village they may be from is in their last names. That’s why older Lebanese

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Everyone’s “Day3a”

Anyone who’s originally from Lebanon will have a “day3a” (or village in English) from where they are from. With many families, the biggest clue for which village they may be from is in their last names. That’s why older Lebanese

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Souvenir from Saida

You don’t need to travel far to discover something new. It can be as simple as playing tourist in your own country and enjoying what that place has to offer. Even in a country as small as Lebanon, you’ll come

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Souvenir from Saida

You don’t need to travel far to discover something new. It can be as simple as playing tourist in your own country and enjoying what that place has to offer. Even in a country as small as Lebanon, you’ll come

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Chili Sauce with a Burger on the Side

When someone mentions “fast food”, often the first restaurants that come to mind are the American franchises like McDonald’s, Burger King, Hardees, KFC etc. I remember when McDonald’s first opened in the late 90s here in Lebanon. People stood in

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Chili Sauce with a Burger on the Side

When someone mentions “fast food”, often the first restaurants that come to mind are the American franchises like McDonald’s, Burger King, Hardees, KFC etc. I remember when McDonald’s first opened in the late 90s here in Lebanon. People stood in

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Brotha’ from Anotha’ Motha’

Meet Sambo: the Jordanian brother of our much-beloved Rass el-Abed chocolate snack.

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Brotha’ from Anotha’ Motha’

Meet Sambo: the Jordanian brother of our much-beloved Rass el-Abed chocolate snack.

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A Tribe of T-Shirts

A great spot for trendy t-shirts in Amman? None other than Jo-Bedu. Way more interesting to take home as a souvenir and you may actually find yourself using the typically Jordanian slang printed on them. Look for the camel crossing

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A Tribe of T-Shirts

A great spot for trendy t-shirts in Amman? None other than Jo-Bedu. Way more interesting to take home as a souvenir and you may actually find yourself using the typically Jordanian slang printed on them. Look for the camel crossing

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Bedouin Bookshop Kioske

You might have passed by this kioske with the big Coca Cola sign on it while driving down Basman Street to the old downtown area of Amman, but did you ever stop by and take a look inside?

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Bedouin Bookshop Kioske

You might have passed by this kioske with the big Coca Cola sign on it while driving down Basman Street to the old downtown area of Amman, but did you ever stop by and take a look inside?

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The Iskender Way

We came across this restaurant while walking through Mersin’s commercial Istiklal street. Maybe it was the crowd outside surrounding the open dessert window or maybe it was the juicy shawarma skewer rotating at the front entrance – whatever it was,

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The Iskender Way

We came across this restaurant while walking through Mersin’s commercial Istiklal street. Maybe it was the crowd outside surrounding the open dessert window or maybe it was the juicy shawarma skewer rotating at the front entrance – whatever it was,

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A Turkish Delight

We came across this cafe completely on accident while walking through Antakya (Antioche) on our last night. It’s a cozy little spot with plenty of chess tables and people sipping tea with a newspaper in hand. The cafe is conveniently

Notes from Customers

A Turkish Delight

We came across this cafe completely on accident while walking through Antakya (Antioche) on our last night. It’s a cozy little spot with plenty of chess tables and people sipping tea with a newspaper in hand. The cafe is conveniently

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Push the Button

If you ever find yourself needing a taxi in Mersin, Turkey – simply push one of these buttons: We were so tempted to push these buttons and see if a taxi would actually appear. It’s an interesting marketing approach. Forget

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Push the Button

If you ever find yourself needing a taxi in Mersin, Turkey – simply push one of these buttons: We were so tempted to push these buttons and see if a taxi would actually appear. It’s an interesting marketing approach. Forget

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Fresh-Mixed Tobacco

Sheesha, arguileh, hubbly-bubbly – call it what you may but in the end, it’s all about the flavor.

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Fresh-Mixed Tobacco

Sheesha, arguileh, hubbly-bubbly – call it what you may but in the end, it’s all about the flavor.

The Head Dance

During my last night in Jeddah, our family friends took us to a local sheesha spot popular to most of the locals called “Palm Tree” in Arabic. There I got a chance to observe all around me as people came

The Head Dance

During my last night in Jeddah, our family friends took us to a local sheesha spot popular to most of the locals called “Palm Tree” in Arabic. There I got a chance to observe all around me as people came