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  • Even as a travel writer, or especially as a travel writer, some of my deepest understandings of place, my most intense sense of "being" somewhere come neither from actually being there, or from reading a travel book about the destination. Often a novel about someone or an event creates the...

  • Making Most With So Little I viewed the array of people rushing to their waiting families with awe. The market burst at the seam with people. Vendors offered pistachio ice cream and tea-on-the-go for hurried shoppers. Even as a twelve-year old, leaving my grandmother’s home at eight o’clock to...

  • An entire day nearly goes by before we land at our final destination; Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In observance of my new surroundings I stayed quiet, initially taking everything in. At first, I was intimidated by the nation’s security that greeted us at the customs gate holding machine guns,...

  • On February 15, 2012, I travelled to the other side of the world, ALONE! I went to Saida, Lebanon. Lebanon is located in the middle east, between Syria, and Israel. There were many debates about me going alone to the Middle East especially with everything that is going on in Syria right now. The...

  •   In the winter of 2006, I went on a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. As a Muslim, it is a religious obligation that I make this pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. I flew in to Jeddah and took a bus to Mecca. I was lucky to have gone on this one-of-a-kind voyage at the young age of 16 and I was...

  •     Beyond the Ink: Discovering the Truths of the World and Finding One's Self Within It   Word of mouth, newspapers, journals, blogs, news channels, politicians, and generations before us all tell us about the world in which we live. They tell us how it used to be, how it’s predicted to...

  •    My name is Soseh and I was born in a wonderful Armenian family in Iran. My family and I love traveling, therefore my mother, my siblings and I made a contract with my father that he has to send us on vacations and trips every summer and he agreed.    Summer of 2000, we decided to go to Dubai...

  • Life as an exchange student opens up doors to many curiousities. During my summer in Istanbul, Turkey on a full government scholarship for Turkish language study, I did a lot of thinking about the location of my new home. Where is Turkey? When I Skyped or received emails from my friends, they...

  • Echad, shtayim, shalosh, arba…” The foreign sounds of counting came from the deck of a dhow, a traditional Arab sailboat, cruising through a harbor filled with open sky, twinkling city lights, and water glistening with oil. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine myself on the third night of my...

  • Being able to skip school for a week to tour Turkey was exhilarating and all I could think about were the adventures I was going to have, but what I didn’t know was how not only my appreciation for my education would change, but also my appreciation for culture, my rights and different...

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