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Hipster Jerusalem: Things to do near Zion Square

When I first landed in Israel (well, walked into Israel, really), I had little idea of what to expect. Coming from Egypt, I was already used to the Middle Eastern lifestyle (ie, things move slow…) so when I first arrived in Jerusalem, I was pleasantly surprised to find a city all mixed up in modernity …

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Should you visit Israel?

Maybe you’ve heard great things about Tel Aviv’s nightlife (even here on this blog). Or you’re interested in Middle Eastern history & culture. Or maybe you’re religious and interested in the religious history of a controversial and culturally important land. Israel and the Palestinian territories catch a lot of attention in the media so it’s …

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Travel Responsibly in Israel: the City of David

Recently there was a travel post over at Landlopers.com about the archaeological City of David site in Jerusalem. Because Matt refuses to post the entirety of my comments on his post** (understandably it’s his blog, his rules) I figured I better write about it too so that any tourist who wants to visit Israel could …

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Travel to Ramallah from Jerusalem

Want to travel to Ramallah? I’d recommend a visit if you’re in Israel. Many people have a misconceived image of the West Bank and Palestinian culture & people. So if you’re traveling in Israel or Jordan, why not travel to Ramallah in the Palestinian territories as well? Just outside Damascus Gate to the Old City …

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How to get from Jerusalem to Amman using the Jordan River Border Crossing

About the border crossing Israel is notorious for tight security. Especially at their borders. So even though I was leaving rather than entering Israel, I was understandably on edge. Not to mention that my Israeli tourist visa was expired by 5 days. My flight to India was from Amman, Jordan but I was currently staying …

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