Middle East

Middle East

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,...

Sketching the World: Andrea Muñoz’ Travel Diary

When she was three years old, Andrea Muñoz’ mother gave her a pen to keep her occupied. She’s been drawing ever since. Now, there is...

Why We Travel: Lessons from the Islamic World

I’ve always felt comfortable in the Islamic world. My childhood years in the UAE gave me a familiarity and understanding of Islam, a religion...

A Last-Minute Plane Ticket to Cairo

“Dozens Are Killed in Street Violence Across Egypt” “U.S. to temporarily shut down embassies around the world” These were the headlines as I was flying to...

Travel Video: Little Big World

Using tilt-shift photography combined with time-lapses, videographer Joerg Daiber is able to present the world in miniature. His video series, “Little Big World,” may...