What’s the Difference Between an Israeli and a Palestinian?

It seems Israel and Palestine are once again busy trading rockets and getting people killed on both sides like a playground fight that got way out of hand. In the latest conflict, the death toll stands (as of writing) at 3 Israelis and 86 Palestinians which, to me, suggests that if you are going to…

Daytripping to the Dead Sea with a Jordanian and his Family

I was reluctantly forced into a hostel in Amman, Jordan, but I ended up doing a day trip to the Dead Sea with the hostel owner and his family. I say day trip, but Khaled assured me it’d be best if we left about three in the afternoon. “Too hot, too hot,” he told me…

Indiana Jones and the Obligatory Petra Reference

Sure, sure, the title doesn’t really make sense. It should really be something like “Petra and the Obligatory Indiana Jones Reference” but that ruins the whole “Indiana Jones and the Something Something” trope. Is trope the right word? This entry isn’t starting very well is it? Is anyone still reading my words or have you…

Couchsurfing a Bedouin Cave at Petra, Jordan

The Bedouin whose cave I couchsurfed at for two nights outside Petra, Jordan, terrified me. He was tall, muscled, had dreadlocks, and was really serious all of the time. He didn’t laugh or smile once, no matter what you said, and he always had some nugget of philosophy to impart. He was like a Rastafarian…

Biblical Cycling Around the Sea of Galilee

Tiberias, the largest town on the Sea of Galilee, is one of Israel’s most popular tourist destinations, and it’s a common thing for visitors to try cycling around the 55km circumference in a day. Around the area you can find the place where Jesus walked on water, the place where Jesus delivered some of his…

Road Trip in Northern Israel’s Golan Heights

“You’re a hard guy to hate, Chirpy,” my friend said to me an hour into our two-day road trip around the Golan Heights in Northern Israel. As far as compliments go, it wasn’t great (although not as bad as “you look good with hair” which I received recently). But I knew what he meant, and…

Invited For Sex By A Gay Israeli Goat Herder

In Jerusalem I was invited for sex by a gay Israeli goat herder at an LGBT party beneath the walls of the Old City. I had been expecting certain things of Jerusalem: churches and mosques and Western Walls, an assortment of weird and wonderful new food, and maybe a political discussion or two. I wasn’t expecting…