Category Archives: Middle East

My Top 11 Place “WOWs” of This Trip

11. Andes mountains regions in Central Ecuador (Nariz del Diablo train ride) and Peru (Machu Picchu/Sacred Valley) 10. Oman’s mountains and valleys 9. Dubai architecture 8. Ranakpur, India—huge, white marble Jain temple 7. Valparaiso, Chile—hill areas with colored houses and street art 6. Mysore Palace … Continue reading

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Global Glance: Qatar

Capital Doha Size/Population 4416 sq. miles/1,853,563 (2010) Land Mix of desert and modern architecture Politics Absolute monarchy Economy Oil and natural gas Currency Riyal Language Arabic Religion Islam Ethnic Groups 60% foreign expat workers—esp. from India, Nepal, and Philippines; 40% … Continue reading

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Kandahar

I finally watched the 2001 movie Kandahar last night. It’s a movie about an Afghan journalist living in Canada who returns to Afghanistan during the Taliban rule to get her sister out of the country. The journey begins across the … Continue reading

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Ramadan

The month of August this year is Ramadan–the holiest time of year for Muslims, and the time it is thought that the prophet Mohammed received the Quran, the holy book of Islam. It is a time to come closer to … Continue reading

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