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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.

Book Chat | On Palestine By Frank Barat, Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe

Book Chat | On Palestine By Frank Barat, Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe

  One day, while I was working at a bookstore, I was putting books away on the shelf and came across this one. I hadn’t yet read anything by or featuring Noam Chomsky and I had been meaning too. I decided that this book was something I would want to read, it is after all on Palestine. I had been there and this book was going to talk about some of the events that led to Operation Protective Edge in…

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Roman Ruins in the Middle East: Caesarea | Exploring Israel

Roman Ruins in the Middle East: Caesarea | Exploring Israel

                        Caesarea is name that very clearly comes from Roman origin. It is along the beautiful Mediterranean coast and is home to a plethora of ancient ruins from when the Romans established this port in about 25 BCE. After the Byzantine’s took over, this became the capital of the Palaestina Province.

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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The Sweetest Afternoon in Ramallah | Exploring Palestine (The West Bank)

The Sweetest Afternoon in Ramallah | Exploring Palestine (The West Bank)

I loved Ramallah. I did not get to spend much time there but I felt like this was a place I could see myself living. To me, it seems like a built up city, with more new and modern buildings then I had seen elsewhere in the West Bank and certainly in Jerusalem where most places are at least 200 years old. We spent the night in Ramallah and had a tour of the city the next day by a…

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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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A Day of Hiking Masada and Ein Gedi| Exploring Israel

A Day of Hiking Masada and Ein Gedi| Exploring Israel

          My alarm went off at 2:30 in the morning the first day of my independent travel week. I went to bed at 1, missing the last game of FIFA that night but I knew I should get some sleep as I was about to hike up a very high and sandy cliff (I like to call it a mountain) at 5 am. Did I mention I am not a hiker? Although I had four weeks…

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Floating in the Dead Sea, Swimming in the Red and Bouncing Through the Negev| Exploring Israel

Floating in the Dead Sea, Swimming in the Red and Bouncing Through the Negev| Exploring Israel

I decided to change up my usual style of posts. When I travel I like to keep a journal so I can write down memories, names, places, emotions and anything else I want to document. I decided that since blogging is sort of like writing a journal, except you publish it for everyone to read, I should combine the two and see what happens.     Keep in mind that I have changed somethings for the sake of flow because…

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Three Histories, Three Religions, One Shared City: Western Wall, Dome of the Rock and The Church of the Holy Sepulchre | Exploring Jerusalem

Three Histories, Three Religions, One Shared City: Western Wall, Dome of the Rock and The Church of the Holy Sepulchre | Exploring Jerusalem

One of the great things about Jerusalem’s Old City is that there is so much you can learn by just spending a few hours behind those old stone walls. It is truly an amazing feeling to know that you stand where millions of other have stood before you through different periods of time. Some who hold witness to events you can only read about in some of the oldest books (Torah, Bible, Qur’an).

Walking Through History: Exploring the Old City in Jerusalem

Walking Through History: Exploring the Old City in Jerusalem

Damascus Gate (and a bug that landed on my camera) I love the Old City! It is one of my favorite places I have ever been to. I love the history of it and I think it is amazing how old the walls and buildings are. The Old City is divided into four quarters: Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Armenian Christian. This place is filled with so many stories and people and has been home to Muslims, Jews and Christians for…

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