The Middle East

The Middle East / 04.10.2019

Being on the lookout for a great airfare to somewhere new, I was ecstatic after getting a notification of an inexpensive flight alert to South Africa from Philadelphia on Qatar Airways. It felt a bit like fate, especially after just talking at length to my close friend who had been raving about South Africa.  As part of the offer, it allowed a free stopover in Doha, Qatar (Qatar Airways hub, naturally) with seemingly no limitations on layover length. I decided to stay 3 nights and enjoy some beach time...

Destinations, The Middle East / 26.09.2019

I had been fascinated in seeing Beirut every since I watched Anthony Bourdain get entailed in the middle of a regional conflict on an episode of “No Reservations.” I had read about the rich food, beautiful people, and sharp dichotomies between old and new, rich and poor, muslim and christian, and the like. Lebanon has had a rich and colorful history, and its multicultural society is reflected in its religious makeup, with nearly 40 percent of its residents identifying as Christian in this Arab country. I made my way...