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  • Another Reason to Travel: Places Get Destroyed

    Places change, cities are destroyed, countries collapse. Always travel and experience these places while you still can.

  • On Being Dead In Ürgüp, or How I Survived Abroad Without Money

    What would you do if you were traveling in a foreign country and all of a sudden had all of your money taken from you?

  • Exploring The Syria Crisis: Two Years In And No End In Sight

    If tuning in to Al Jazeera or BBC to learn about the crisis in Syria, one would get an image of that: a crisis. The country has fallen into chaos. Syria’s “Arab Spring” that started over two years ago was once filled with optimism and hope, but the outlook today on Syria seems bleak and [...]

  • News Politics Current Events in Oman

    Oman is a country located in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula. It is an absolute monarchy and is acknowledged as one of the most stable and developed countries in the Middle East. If you are traveling to Oman, we suggest you find out about the current events and news before you go. We have linked [...]

  • Study Abroad in Jordan

    Jordan is an increasingly popular study abroad destination. It is regarded as one of the safest and most stable places in the Middle East, making it a good place to study the area. It is also centrally located so students who want to can visit neighboring countries such as Syria, Israel, Lebanon, and Egypt. Study [...]

  • News Politics Current Events in Qatar

    Qatar is a small but rich country in the Middle East. Before traveling to Qatar we suggest that travelers find out as much as they can about current events in the country and how these might affect their travel. Below we have listed any current events we are aware of that might affect a foreign [...]

  • Meerschaum Pipe Carving: Another Art Fading into History

    Cardboard box sat upon cardboard box in stacks that rose up from the floor to nearly the ceiling of a meerschaum pipe workshop in Eskisehir, Turkey. They had been sitting there for what may as well have been ages, the workshop was nearly devoid of artisans, and I was informed sadly that because of the [...]

  • Food in Syria

    Syrian food takes its influences from Mediterranean cuisine, Turkish influences and Middle Eastern spices.  Many Syrians eat a light breakfast, with a heartier lunch and dinner. If there is a gathering, the host might prepare a mezze or a large plate of appetizers, dips and salads. There is a lot of delicious food in Syria. Some [...]

  • Cheap Accommodation Hotels Hostels in Jordan

    There are a number of cheap hostels in Amman and Wadi Musa, right outside Petra. Travelers should take recommendations from trusted sources and walk around the city themselves to try to find cheap places to stay. It is not uncommon that a seemingly helpful person on the street will direct you to a hotel in [...]

  • Göbekli Tepe: the Rise of Agriculture, the Fall of the Nomad

    The human was born a traveling animal. For over 100,000 years we walked across the great Savannas, made way through the jungles, camped in Arctic tundra, and hunted and foraged in the forests of this planet. Then, a little over 10,000 years ago, a blip in the timeline of our species, we started laying down our satchels, building our shelters with a sense of permanence, and began cultivating the grains and animals in our surroundings. This great event, perhaps the largest shift in human cultural evolution, happened around a great temple now called Göbekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey.

    This is the ancient story of the rise of the farmer, the fall of the nomad.