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Red Ink Run: Iraq and a hard place

Red Ink Run: Iraq and a hard place

K JohnsonDec 12, 20124 Comments

Oman: where dolphins and turquoise water meet camels with birth control bags

Oman: where dolphins and turquoise water meet camels with birth control bags

CrikeyOct 30, 201118 Comments

I wondered if the text I’d underlined in the Oman Lonely Planet could possibly be correct. The writer had raved about Oman’s khors-rocky inlets and its pristine beaches, about its windswept deserts and the stark and treeless mountains.

Generosity in the oldest city in the world

Generosity in the oldest city in the world

Margaret O'ConnorOct 13, 20112 Comments

It’s that combination of history that got me, and the people, so unexpectedly warm and full of generous ways -- from sharing their sweets with you on a bus trip from Damascus to Palmrya to searching up and down the street for someone with sufficient English to guide you back to the Ummayad Mosque, after you have become hopelessly lost in the myriad labyrinthine ways of the Old City of Damascus.

Syria: the greatest travel secret for history buffs

Syria: the greatest travel secret for history buffs

Margaret O'ConnorApr 4, 20116 Comments

Sure, it's not the calmest or safest country right now, and we're not suggesting you hop on a plane tomorrow. But file this away for when things have se

Finding the hidden side of Syria

Finding the hidden side of Syria

CrikeyNov 3, 20106 Comments

David Blair writes: Syria -- a small country near Iraq and Israel, a totalitarian rogue state, member of the axis of evil along with North Kore

In Mashhad there are no schedules

In Mashhad there are no schedules

Scott BridgesAug 16, 20105 Comments

Meet Vali.

Camping in the Kaluts

Camping in the Kaluts

Scott BridgesAug 7, 20105 Comments

After a week or more stuck in cities – charming as they were – I was really k

Esfahan, Yazd and Shiraz: some piccies

Esfahan, Yazd and Shiraz: some piccies

Scott BridgesAug 3, 20106 Comments

These three large central-Iranian cities form somewhat of a golden triangle for visitors to the country. Full of tick-the-box must-see sights, they may not have the charm of other activ

A day in the desert

Scott BridgesJul 21, 20104 Comments

Back at the house we once again took our place on the courtyard porch, drank more tea, and waited for dinner. By this stage I was feeling about as relaxed and content as I can remem

Zam Zam Slam

Scott BridgesJul 18, 20106 Comments

So, I got the hell out of Tehran. There's still loads more there I'd like to see but I needed to get out of the big city and get somewhere calmer, and I've scheduled two days to finish