Call Me Persian, Iran, October 2023

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You have to admire a country of people whose national hero is a poet. There is a saying in Iran that every household should have at least 2 books at home- the holy Koran text of Islam and a handbook …

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Modern Day Mesopotamia, Iraq, February 2019

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I’ve journeyed through Iraq over this past week- another country pockmarked by lengthy wars and still living with a heavy security presence. The country has an incredible ancient history that outshines any of its current troubles and a soft underbelly …

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The Frankincense Trail, Oman March 2014

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My latest travels have taken me to the south of Oman, just a stone’s throw from the Yemen border. Close enough you say! Yes it’s a fine line to tread – this side of the border is boundless Omani warmth …

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The Sultan’s Palace, Oman March 2014

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It seems to me such a shame to arrive in an exotic land by ways of a generic international airport. I would very much have liked to arrive at the port of Muscat, Sultanate of Oman by boat! First sight …

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Useful Information and Links Jordan and Jerusalem

Visas and Arrival Most nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival into Jordan. Payment of 10 Jordanian dinar is required in cash – a moneychanger is available in the Immigration area at Amman airport (will change US dollars, Euros) but …

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The Dead Sea, April 2012

My frenetic pace of discovery has finally ground to a halt for the last few days on the shores of the Dead Sea. This landlocked salty lake is situated in the Jordan Rift Valley and has long been renowned for …

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The Holy Lands, Israel and Palestine, April 2012

Shalom, My latest journey has taken me on an unplanned detour… the history of this region is inextricably linked with the Holy Lands.  Whether by irony or providence I travelled to Jerusalem and the Palestinian West Bank for the Easter …

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Wadi Rum Desert, April 2012

My latest entry comes to you from the south of Jordan where I hired a Bedouin guide to show me around Wadi Rum desert.  The region was made famous by a British Colonel T.E. “Lawrence of Arabia” who fell in …

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The Rose City of Petra, April 2012

I am now in the south of Jordan at the famed Petra.  It has been a homecoming of sorts because my sister Nicole joined me for this short sojourn, flying in from Bahrain to play in her “backyard”. It has …

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Desert Castles of Jordan, April 2012

MarHaba from Jordan in the Middle East – my latest escape from reality!  While the ancient rose city of Petra enticed me here I have been easily drawn in by the charms of this equally modern and ancient land.  I’m …

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