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11 Things in the Middle East that Surprised Me

April 14, 2011 21 Comments »

The big billboard ad looming over the highway read “Expect the unexpected” as a man in camouflage held a shiny rifle and smiled at the cars passing by below. I thought to myself – I hope this is advertising hunting, but quite frankly in the Middle East I’m not quite sure – anything goes! My […]

Travel to Lebanon

April 11, 2011 9 Comments »

Mediteranean Lebanon

With one month in Lebanon, you can cover a lot of ground.  However I can’t say that I really traveled the country thoroughly and I certainly didn’t get to all of the traditional tourist sites.  Instead I was too busy sinking into the culture of Lebanon.  Thanks to my GeoVisions cultural exchange program who placed […]

Photo of the Week – Saida Souks

April 8, 2011 21 Comments »


I traveled south of Beirut to the old city of Saida along the Mediteranean.  Luckily I had a personal tour guide in my friend Mark, a local friend I had made during my stay in Beirut.  We drove through the flooded streets of Beirut and an hour later when we arrived in Saida the sun […]

The Food of Lebanon

April 7, 2011 17 Comments »

food of lebanon

After spending a month living in Lebanon with a local family, I had many opportunities to really get to know the food of Lebanon. Prior to traveling there, I didn’t really know much about Lebanese food. However by the time I left, I was in love with all of the Mediterranean flavors and such fresh […]

Taanayel Eco Lodge – Authentic Travel

April 4, 2011 3 Comments »

Arcenciel eco lodge lebanon

I crave authentic experiences when I travel. I want culture not tourism. That’s why my time in Lebanon was so special; while living with a family I was able to experience the real Lebanon, with no tourist sugar coating. However, because I was participating in a GeoVisions cultural exchange program, I was not really exposed […]

Photo of the Week – Tripoli

April 1, 2011 7 Comments »

Tripoli has been in the news a lot lately – but there’s more than one Tripoli in the Middle East.  I went to Lebanon’s Tripoli in search of authentic souks and found what I was looking for.  However I quickly realized Tripoli was more than just souks, it has a rich history and cultural feel […]

Walk Beirut

March 31, 2011 9 Comments »

Walk Beirut Tour

“Why did you come here in February? It’s the worst month for weather; it’s so unpredictable.” This was the common question I was asked throughout Lebanon. The sky was heavy with moisture and dark clouds rolled in over the Mediterranean; it was pouring rain yet again. The taxi driver dropped me off near the medical […]

Bombed Beirut – A Personal Tour

March 29, 2011 21 Comments »

bombed church lebanon

Today was my day to go walking through time; a walk through downtown Beirut photographing the bombed buildings which still exist in the Beirut skyline.  I was in shock at the hundreds of bullet holes scarring the buildings and that’s when I saw him; a security guard of some type motioning at me. I immediately […]

Photo of the Week – Mosques of the Middle East

March 25, 2011 12 Comments »

Mohammad al-Amin Mosque Beirut

Just like churches dominate the European landscape, Mosques take the honor in the Middle East.  During my travels in the Middle East this winter I had the chance to visit a few and photograph some of them.  I was rarely let inside the mosques to do photography, but when I was it was a special […]

Middle Eastern Visitation Rights

March 22, 2011 24 Comments »

I sat on the formal couch and listened to the Arabic words swirling around me; lightening fast and coming from every direction. I looked at the people surrounding me and took note of their gestures and facial expressions. I tried to piece together the puzzle of what was being said, but I knew that was […]