Boating in Oman

From Dubai the border to Oman is a relatively short drive in various directions, and to the Sha’am border in the northern tip of Oman it takes about two hours. The drive is easy and smooth, and there is a whole bunch of seemingly unending desert to stare aimlessly into on the way. The drive…

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Leaving Home

Looking out over the Bosphorus from the safety of my armchair I find myself watching the ships go by, and can’t help but feel that wave of sentiment that I knew was inevitable. I’ve been in Istanbul longer than I intended and I suspect I’ve grown into it more than I thought I would. I’ve…

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Tips for Tourists in Istanbul

Here is a brief list of some things you should keep in mind on the very touristy historical side as a tourist; Don’t talk to strangers, they all want to sell you something; or if you DO talk to strangers, keep your wits about you. If you intend to visit any mosques, bring a scarf…

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A Day in Transylvania

When you say Transylvania people think of the stories about Dracula and Van Helsing; and about vampires, werewolves and monsters. You might think it would be a creepy sort of place to visit and that the castles and surroundings would be dark and scary and altogether as abysmal as they look in the films and…

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A Weekend in Bucharest

They used to call it ‘Little Paris,’ and while you’re walking through the streets of the Old Town, you can see why this nickname is so appropriate. Wandering through the narrow cobbled streets, anyone who has strolled through Paris will get a familiar feeling, seeing the architecture, streets and cafes all around. Walking through the…

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A Day in Sultanahmet

  The first thing people do, and of course the first thing I did, after arriving in Istanbul, is to see those sites that you see on the postcards and in the travel magazine. The ones we’ve all heard of, the Bosporus, Aya Sofia (which I always used to horridly mispronounce as Hagia Sophia), the…

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Two Years in Istanbul

I came to Istanbul for no other reasons other than the fact that there was someone willing to hire me, and I had no reason not to. It was a spur of the moment decision, there was absolutely no planning or research done before I left my home in Dubai to find new one in…

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Some Things to Know About Zanzibar

Here are some observations and suggestions for your trip to Zanzibar: The boat to the island is big and comfortable, but many Tanzanians are not used to being on boats and really hate the experience. I myself loved the trip to the island, and when given the chance will always sit out in the sun…

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