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Shopping in the Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai has a reputation as a modern, cosmopolitan city. In Dubai, bigger is better: world’s tallest building, world’s largest mall, etc. However, in Bur Dubai and along the banks of the Dubai Creek, you hear the echoes of the old Dubai. In the heart of this area, we encountered the Dubai Gold Souk and knew

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Working on the ONTC Bus on Our Way to Muscat

The ONTC Buses

We are generally fans of getting out there and trying to experience as much of the local environment as possible. When I first discovered that I would be traveling to Dubai, UAE for work, I hit on the idea of also going to Muscat, Oman. My graduate school hosted many Omani exchange students. I have

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There are a lot of great things to do in Muscat, Oman, including visiting the Grand Mosque.

9 Cool Things to Do in Muscat

Oman is an enigma for many westerners. Largely isolated until 1970, the country has a moderate, relaxed atmosphere. It has incredible scuba diving and broad, sandy beaches. Here are our favorite things to do in Muscat.

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Inside Ski Dubai at the Mall of the Emirates.

Ski Dubai: Snow in the Desert

Ski Dubai is a legend. This indoor ski park is one of the most iconic attractions in Dubai. Whatever you might imagine skiing in Dubai to be like, we promise you that it’s better!

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The Alhambra in Granada, Spain

A Visit to the Alhambra in Granada, Spain

Rising up on a hill above the modern town of Granada, the Alhambra gleams with shades of red, orange, and yellow at sunset. This Moorish fortress-turned-palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important locations in all of Spain.

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The Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda Andalusia.

Ronda is Gorges

Ronda is gorges. Mostly, Ronda is known for the deep gorges that divide the community and play such an important part in the town’s history. Ronda Andalusia is still my favorite small town in Spain.

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Women in Tangier, Morocco

Day Trip to Tangier, Morocco

A day trip from Tarifa, Spain, to Tangier, Morocco, was our first opportunity to step foot on the African continent. The hustle and bustle of this coastal city did not disappoint.

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The summit of the Rock of Gibraltar.

Don’t Mock the Gibraltar Monkeys

The rocky outcrop of Gibraltar is famous for its unique topography, its stunning views, and its strategic military value (and a pesky territorial dispute). But these days, it is the Gibraltar monkeys that get all the attention on The Rock.

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The Seville Alcazar - a royal palace built on the ruins of a Moorish palace.

Seville’s Alcazar and Cathedral

Seville is…special. Somehow, when I start telling people about places I love in the world, Seville usually makes the list. And there’s good reason for it – the city’s UNESCO sites, the Seville Alcazar and Cathedral, are both important and beautiful.

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The candy cane stripes inside the La Mezquita Cordoba.

La Mezquita in Cordoba, Spain

One of the most iconic images of Spain comes from a town in Andalusia: the candy cane stripes of La Mezquita Cordoba. But how this architecture came about is the subject of a rich, but complicated history.

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