the thermal baths and the legend of hammam meskhoutine

Algeria’s Hammam Meskhoutine or, "the bath of the damned," is located fifteen kilometers from the city of Guelma in the northeastern part of...

a star trek theme park in the kingdom of jordan?

It was announced today that construction will begin next year on a complex to be known as the Red Sea Astrarium in Aqaba, Jordan,...

saudi arabia to build the worlds largest tower in jeddah, twice as tall as...

Move over Dubai and Burj Khalifa – your height is soon to be surpassed.  It was announced yesterday that Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding Co....

tunisia, testour, and tolerance

The recent events in Tunisia remind me of visiting the North African nation during Ramadan 2009.  Nestled among the Roman ruins, Star Wars sets,...

between a café and a café, there is another café

A dear Moroccan friend recently responded to my love of lattes and my Moroccan quest for a café with a common Moroccan expression that...

dubai’s burj khalifa: the world’s tallest structure [video]

In this video blog, JT reports from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, atop the supertall skyscraper Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest structure in the world...

a bird in the engine is worth two days in iraq

When one travels as much as I do you are bound to run into some travel issues. Whether it is the unfortunate confluence of...

the algerian pavilion [le pavillon algérien] at expo 2017 in astana, kazakhstan

For my friends in Algeria, this is the Algerian pavilion at Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Pour mes amis en Algérie, c'est le pavillon...

meeting judge zakia hakki in iraq

As I was in Erbil airport waiting for my passport to be checked to leave the country, I overheard a woman speaking to a...

on the edge of the sahara in merzouga

When one hears the name "Sahara" it conjures images of a past full of bedouins, explorers, caravans and local peoples vying for the scarce...

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