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World Borders: How to Get From Jordan to Israel on the Sheik Hussein Bridge

As far as world borders goes, crossing this one was less hassle than you could imagine. We headed across the border from Sheik Hussein Bridge in Jordan into the Israeli side to the border point near Beit She’an. In essence the border itself is just a bridge (the one photographed). However there’s a bit of Read more about World Borders: How to Get From Jordan to Israel on the Sheik Hussein Bridge[…]

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Abraham Hostel, Jerusalem: Easily the Best Hostel in Israel

I recently had the pleasure to stay in the superb Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem, Israel. Having stayed in a load of hostels down the years, it’s my duty to inform you that this was one of my favourites – this place ROCKS! In fact, don’t even consider a visit to Jerusalem without staying here. My Read more about Abraham Hostel, Jerusalem: Easily the Best Hostel in Israel[…]

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Jerusalem Holy City Tour, Israel: Top 5 Sights

Religious buffs the world over flock to the Israeli capital city of Jerusalem. Inside this bustling city are tons of sights to see, old and new, Jewish and Muslim, Israeli and Palestinian. Politics aside, I headed on the Holy City Tour while based at the Abraham Hostel nearby. What’s so Unique About Jerusalem’s Holy City? Read more about Jerusalem Holy City Tour, Israel: Top 5 Sights[…]

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Visiting Yasser Arafat’s Tomb in Ramallah, Palestine

The power of world leaders and political figures is something you get used to as a global backpacker. While I’m not often the best person to ask about world affairs, I have studied politics and I grew up in Northern Ireland. Through my years of backpacking I’ve seen the mausoleums of Artigas, Ho Chi Minh, Read more about Visiting Yasser Arafat’s Tomb in Ramallah, Palestine[…]

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Friday’s Featured Food: Hummus lunch in Hummus Said Restaurant, Akko, Israel

Humus, humous, hummus, whatever way you want to spell it – it’s somewhat a speciality in Israel and the Middle East. Many restaurants will claim to have the best hummus in the Middle East. Not many live up to that claim. So we decided to head to the famous Hummus Said restaurant in the old Read more about Friday’s Featured Food: Hummus lunch in Hummus Said Restaurant, Akko, Israel[…]

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It’s True – You Do Float!! I Went Floating in the Dead Sea, Israel

While a load of young backpackers “tick off” the Dead Sea early on, it took me until the age of 33 to finally visit the lowest point on earth. I had a couple of choices to see the Dead Sea as I have been backpacking the Middle East for a few months and was in Read more about It’s True – You Do Float!! I Went Floating in the Dead Sea, Israel[…]

O Little Town of Bethlehem, Palestine: 10 Things to See and Do

Bethlehem is a town you’ll have heard of. I’m sure of it. Yet you might not know that Bethlehem is in Palestine. Yes, there are no Jewish people here, it’s not in Israel and Israelis are not officially allowed into the Little town of Bethlehem. So I got my backpack on, boarded a bus across Read more about O Little Town of Bethlehem, Palestine: 10 Things to See and Do[…]

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Oil Lamps Night in Caesarea, Israel (and a Special Reunion)

Oh life…how I love the journeys on this planet sometimes. This was a special one like no other. It was completely unplanned, completely random and unexpected and best of all – I was reunited with two great Israelis that I met a few years earlier. To give this story some background. I’ve been backpacking a Read more about Oil Lamps Night in Caesarea, Israel (and a Special Reunion)[…]