Middle East – Top 5 Destinations!

No. 2 - Amman, Dead Sea, Petra & Wadi Rum, Jordan My journey this summer started in the city formerly known as Philadelphia - over 11,000 km in distance from PA, USA, and over 10,000 years older - Amman, Jordan. As old as the roots of...

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Middle East – Top 5 Destinations!

No. 3 - Cairo, Egypt The largest Arab city, and one of the most densely-populated in the world, Cairo is bustling day or night. As a matter of fact, I would only venture into the streets after 10 pm. One can enjoy central Cairo best at...

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Middle East – Top 5 Destinations!

No. 4 - Beirut, Lebanon Listed by Lonely Planet as the Top 10 liveliest cities in the world for 2009, Beirut is indeed the most modern and hippest of all the places I visited. Just like Lebanon is known as the Switzerland of the Middle East,...

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Middle East – Top 5 Destinations!

No. 5 - Damascus, Syria My Top 5 Destinations starts with Damascus, Syria - known as the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Damascus resembles a large metropolitan city in a typical third world country. The streets are crowded, traffic is crazy, and apartment buildings everywhere...

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Middle East – Top 5 Destinations!

Last year, I visited the 'youngest country on earth' - aka New Zealand - and this year I had the privilege of visiting some of the oldest ones. My journey started in the city formerly known as Philadelphia - over 11,000 km in distance from...

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Top 10 cities I visited

2. Nepal As the airplane manouevered its way through the mountains to descend into Kathmandu airport, I marvelled at the snow-capped Himalayan peaks shining brightly through my window. Fighting with my brothers for the window seat had paid off big time. My dad used to say...

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Top 10 cities I visited

3. Tokyo Even though we lived in Tokyo on and off during my early childhood years, it bears some significant memories for me. As a city, Tokyo is absolutely magnificent. It was - and continues to be to this day - the largest city in the...

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Top 10 cities I visited

4. Georgia/Chechnya border (tie) I visited the border with an aid group during the height of Russia's 1999 onslaught on Chechen land and people. For many refugees, fleeing their homes through the rugged and dangerous Caucasus mountains and into Georgia was the only hope for survival...

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Top 10 cities I visited

4. Sarajevo, Bosnia (tie) The first time I heard of Sarajevo, other than the 1984 Olympics, was through my Bosnian friend growing up in Calgary. Even though he and other Bosnians I came across through him were very westernized, they are among the simplest and kindest...

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Top 10 cities I visited

5. Los Angeles Ok, the main reason I decided to include LA in my list is pretty much based on one thing - Disney-freakin-land! Even though I've visited LA in recent years, my family's trip over 20 years ago was probably one of the most memorable for...

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