In part 1 of Camping in the Sahara, I described the experience of an overnight camel trek and how much fun it can be. If you’re planning your own trip to Tunisia, though, getting to the Sahara and trying to arrange such an activity might sound a little difficult. To help with this, I’ll talk about […]
My son is being immersed in a life and culture different than his mom and I were raised. Unlike my childhood, he is an American minority attending school among Jordanian friends.
He attends a preschool in Amman, Jordan doing what 4 year olds do. His days are filled with story-time, learning new songs, and playing on […]
One of our main challenges in encouraging Westerners to travel to the Middle East is overcoming anti-Islamic sentiment. As fellow Westerners, we are often on the receiving end of slanted media messages about how this religion seeks to take over America. However, the actual history of Islam in America is often overlooked and unknown.
Check out this well researched episode of […]
Camping in the Sahara desert is probably the most exotic and fascinating experience for travelers to Tunisia. The vastness of the desert, the fine powdery sand, and the traditional Bedouin way of life make the Sahara a surreal experience. It’s one of many reasons why Lonely Planet chose Tunisia for one of its top travel lists […]
At 9:00 a.m., my new friend Abdu Rahman saddled up the village donkey with all the essentials for our 10 km hike from Chenini to Douiret. This was the first time I was staying long enough in the Berber village to really experience life there.
I was with a group of 9 travelers on a cultural […]
Lonely Planet has produced quality travel advice on Tunisia since 2001, consistently revising their travel books and web information. When I read their travel material, I really get a sense that the authors feel they’ve found a gem in Tunisia (as I have!) -the sites, the people, and the culture. I was pleased to find […]
Bombarded daily by images of a violent interpretation of Islam, Islamophobia is digging deeper into many Western nations.
Fear creates a chasm of distrust that keeps us far from one another. Even before we look across to the other side, we associate the other with the images we’ve seen on the news. We assume ill intent; […]
Once again, it’s that time of year; the annual community olive harvest in rural Jordan. We are heading to Northern Jordan for a full day of harvesting olives with a Jordanian family on their farm. Learn about the importance of olives to local Jordanians, crush your own olives, and take a jar home with you.
The olive harvest […]
No visit to Tunisia is complete without a stop in Sidi Bou Said -the picturesque hilltop village overlooking the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Tunis. The village has a calm, relaxed atmosphere and outstanding views of the sea. Many travelers describe the village as charming, and I can’t think of a better way to describe […]
The Roman Coliseum in El Jem is a site that consistently impresses me. It was the third largest coliseum in the Roman world, and today Unesco considers it among the best preserved coliseums in the world. I recently went there with a small tour group, and walked around the entire Coliseum site. I’ve explored the […]