Six Lessons I’ve Learned as an Ex-pat in Israel By Roberta Rottigni The word ex-pat is an abbreviation for expatriate, which comes from the Latin term expatriatus. Originally, an expatriatus was someone who had left his or her homeland to go live someplace else. Today, the word ‘ex-pat’ still echoes its medieval origins but it […]
A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom By Qanta A. Ahmed, MD Qanta Ahmed, a young British Muslim doctor, takes a position at the top hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on a whim, hoping for adventure and acceptance in the Middle Eastern Kingdom. What she comes to experience during her two-year stay is shockingly […]
A Tale of Two Cities’ Mosques: Dubai and Abu Dhabi By Eric D. Goodman When you’re in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, there’s no mistaking that you’re in the Middle East. For one thing, you can actually look directly at the sun and it doesn’t hurt your eyes, as you can oftentimes during […]
There’s more than one Jerusalem By Claudia Tavani “You pray in Jerusalem, but you party in Tel Aviv.” Those were the few words my friend Gianluca, who had been to Israel on business many times, told me when I mentioned I would finally visit the country. I tried a few times to go there, but […]
By Mary Govoni Most travelers have never experienced a country quite like North Cyprus. It is oftentimes said that crossing into this Turkish-controlled territory is akin to time travel. North Cyprus boasts remote villages and a drastically slower-paced lifestyle, in what is known to most as “the way the Mediterranean used to be”. History For […]
Spending a weekend in Acre, the city that survived Napoleon, the Crusaders and the Ottoman Empire By Maria Kurganova Acre (or “Akko” in Arabic) is located in the North District of Israel, about twelve kilometers north from Haifa. Long known for its strategic location, the city has been invaded and resettled throughout its history (which officially started […]
Tel Aviv is the New York City of Israel…and is a burgeoning high tech capital, with many start-ups and brilliant minds living in this seaside city.
Face to Face with the Enemy? A Women’s Group Visits Iran By Phyllis Stoller At the end of 2013, The US and Iran signed an agreement that freezes some Iranian nuclear projects and lowers some US sanctions. The result is an increase in Americans visiting Iran despite our lack of diplomatic relations and frequent State […]