Middle East

Middle East

The Wonders of Jordan, Part Two: Stars and Everything is Illuminated

Southern Wonders Though my fascination with Jordan develops in leafy Orjaan during the unhurried seances of tea, it is time to head south. I start...

The Wonders of Jordan, Part One: Tea and Trails

“Hello, where are you from?” “America.” “Oh, welcome, welcome to Jordan!” “Thank you.” “Would you like to have some tea?” I cannot pinpoint exactly the first time I dreamt...

Dates, Desert, and Doorways: Discovering the Hospitality of Oman

The heat was the first thing that hit me. The smiles came second. My taxi driver handed me a sweet coffee before guiding me...

Goodbye, Saudi Arabia

I never intended to become an English teacher. But I always intended to go to Saudi Arabia. Twelve years ago I took a train to...

Instagram Spotlight: In Search of Umami

We feature some of the brightest Instagram storytellers in the Passion Passport community through our Instagram Spotlight series. This week, Marta and Jandirk of...

Dusting off Kuwait’s Past: Reflections from Failaka Island

Part of the intrigue of visiting Kuwait was the mystery itself. I was eager to set foot on less-familiar land, a place I felt...

A Wall Runs Through It: Impressions of Bethlehem, Palestine

The old bus comes to an abrupt halt near some semblance of a road that retreats into a faraway hill. I climb outside onto...

Pandemonium at the Birqash Camel Market

The air is full of heat, dust, and wild cries from both man and creature. I step back as both feet and hooves gallop past....

Why We Travel: Developing Cultural Understanding

Eight hands of different sizes reach toward the large dish, scooping portions of richly-spiced cardamom rice and goat meat. It is an intimate moment,...