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A City in Transition: Nazareth, Israel

Visiting an abandoned house

“There is tension almost everywhere in Israel, but not here in Nazareth,” says Linda, our guide from Fauzi Azar Inn. Indeed, Nazareth doesn’t seem quite as intense as Jerusalem, the religious hub of Israel. Here, there are no military soldiers, nor machine guns. In their place are friendly, hospitable Arab vendors and welcoming locals who are more […]

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Rock and Rumble: Off Road Driving in Israel’s Judaean Desert

Judaean Desert

Just ten minutes outside of Jerusalem lies the Judaean Desert, a sprawling desert of stone-studded hills, valleys and gorges. The area stretches from the Negev Desert to the Jewish settlement of Beit El in the West Bank, ending in a steep escarpment dropping to the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley. Despite its proximity to the city, it’s a whole […]

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Walking the Jesus Trail in Israel – Part I

Hiking the Jesus Trail - near Kibbutz Lavi

A gravel path stretches before us, extending into the rolling hills and beyond into the dramatic Arbel Cliffs in the far distance. Green meadows sprinkled with red poppies and yellow daisies flank both sides of the path. Once and in a while, we’d stumble upon a herd of grazing cows or roaming horses. In the […]

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Staying Afloat: The Power of The Dead Sea

Dead Sea from the high way

The Dead Sea got its name for a reason: it’s salty, deadly and it stands at the lowest point on earth (at 1,388 feet below sea level). This world famous salt lake has almost 33.7% salinity – so hypersaline that not a single species of animal can survive. But more importantly, it’s hypersalinity makes swimming in it akin to floating. […]

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Sunrise Over the Masada Desert Fortress

View of the surrounding mountains

It was 3am when we awoke. Darkness engulfed us as we left Jerusalem behind us and wounded down the valley towards the ancient desert fortress of Masada. Poised at the edge of the Judean Desert, Masada looms above the sands, overlooking the Dead Sea and the Moab Mountains in Jordan. At just 1,300 feet high, it’s perfect for a morning hike – providing […]

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Photoblog: Scenes from the Holy City of Jerusalem

Western Wall and Dome of Rock

In Jerusalem, the smell of Christian incense mingle with the aroma of Muslim spices, while the sound of Koran prayers weave its way magically into the whispers of Jewish myths. It is several worlds merged into one: where Christians, Jews, and Muslims live side by side. In a city where three different religions co-exist, a […]

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Next Up: Israel and Colombia

Views along Jesus Trail

After an extremely productive month in Spain, we’re now off to Israel for quite the adventure. The main goal of the trip is to trek the Jesus Trail, a 65-km route that connects some of the most important sites from the life of Jesus. The trek winds its way through the Galilee region of Israel, starting […]

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