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A Call to Travel by Rumaizah Abu Bakar | Book Chat

A Call to Travel by Rumaizah Abu Bakar | Book Chat

I was in Malaysia and had some time to spend while waiting for a family friend, so I went into a bookstore of course. The bookstore is called Silverfish Books and they advertise as an Indie bookseller and publisher. The bookstore itself is so unique, it has the most interesting collection of books, most of which are by Malaysian or East Asian authors. I really enjoyed walking around and I had several books I wanted to buy. Having only a…

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Ancient City of Petra | Explore Jordan

Ancient City of Petra | Explore Jordan

A marvel of Jordanian history. It had to be seen. I am happy I did not leave the Middle East without seeing this. I know it is touristy, but it still leaves you in awe, regardless if you are surrounded by tourists wearing the traditional bedouin headscarf and riding decorated camels. This archeological site surpasses all that and it is something that should not be missed when visiting Jordan.

Bedouin Camp Experience | Explore Jordan

Bedouin Camp Experience | Explore Jordan

While I was in Israel, I booked a tour with Abraham Tours, a tour group associated with Abraham Hostels which was where I was staying while in Jerusalem. I booked several tours through them and had a great experience on each of them. This one was the 2 day Petra Tour to Jordan. Crossing the border into Jordan wasn’t intense (the way back however…), one thing to note is that you should ask the guard to stamp a piece of…

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All Strangers Are Kin by Zora O’Neill | Book Chat

All Strangers Are Kin by Zora O’Neill | Book Chat

When I saw this book I immediately grabbed it. All it took were the words “Adventures in Arabic in the Arab World” and I was hooked. This was the book I have been waiting for ever since I took that life changing, amazing trip to the heart of the Middle East three years ago. A woman, travelling through Egypt, Morocco, The Gulf States, and Lebanon on her own and learning about the differences in culture and dialect throughout the Middle…

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Roman Ruins in Amman | Explore Jordan

Roman Ruins in Amman | Explore Jordan

After Jerash we headed off to Amman (عمّان) which is the capital city! In Amman there is another Roman/Greek site. Alexander the Great came through this area and had buildings constructed. The Romans followed a few years later and made it their own just like in Jerash. In Amman we went to the Citadel or Jabal al Qala’a which is one of Amman’s oldest sites dating back 7000 years. It is an open air museum that is also the first National Archaeological…

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Book Chat | The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan

Book Chat | The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan

  On the cover, under the title The Lemon Tree, there is a little blurb that states “An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East”. I saw those words and knew that this was a book I had to read. The synopsis on the back explains that this is a novel depicting a separate and a shared history of two individuals.

The Church of Nativity and the Shepherd’s Field, Bethlehem | Exploring Palestine (The West Bank)

The Church of Nativity and the Shepherd’s Field, Bethlehem | Exploring Palestine (The West Bank)

                          While I am not a super religious person, I was raised Christian and I have always wanted to see the birthplace of Jesus: Bethlehem and the Church of Nativity. Away in a Manger is one of my favourite Christmas Songs and I loved this bible story as a child.   As part of the Operation Groundswell’s itinerary for this trip we were permitted one week of independent…

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Husan and Qusra | Exploring Palestine (The West Bank)

Husan and Qusra | Exploring Palestine (The West Bank)

  Somewhere in with all the sand and dry heat of the desert there are little villages with farms carved into mountains and olive trees as far as the eye can see. There are houses filled with families who are more than happy to welcome you into their home and give you one of the best meals you have ever tasted (and my dad is a really good cook). These places are beautiful and peaceful, the people go about their…

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Book Review: Honeymoon in Purdah by Alison Wearing

Book Review: Honeymoon in Purdah by Alison Wearing

This book changed the way I thought about the world and is part of the reason I choose to study International Relations and Middle Eastern Politics. Purdah, from what I have read and just googled, is the seclusion of women from public via concealing clothing and staying inside the home. I am sure this can be hard to imagine and I know as a Canadian teenager (I first read this in high school) I really did not understand why.