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Atheist in the Holy Land: An Observer’s Experience

Before I visited, I considered Jerusalem only as a city for revelling at the abundance of religious sites. The reality, however, is vastly different Continue reading


Adventures of a Pilgrim: Mecca

The two predominant travellers to Saudi Arabia are expats and pilgrims and I fall into the latter category. Although there has been a slight growth in leisure tourism, religious tourism is a thriving industry, bringing in Continue reading


Vibrant Lahore

Lahore is a city located in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It’s the second largest metropolitan city in the country and it also serves as a cultural centre — it incorporates the modern and the historical. Famous for its rich history which dates back over a millennium, there are countless spots in this large city which showcase the region. Wondering where to start? Here are some suggestions for what to do:

Badshahi Mosque

A visit to Lahore is incomplete without viewing the city’s historical sites and Badshahi Mosque is one its most famous. Constantly captured in the media, the Badshahi Mosque has become a symbol for religion, history and architecture. Commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, it was built between 1671 and 1673. At the point of construction it was the world’s largest mosque; today it is the second largest mosque in Pakistan and the fifth largest in the world. At 276,000 square feet, the courtyard can accommodate 100,000 worshippers, plus another 10,000 worshippers inside the mosque. Continue reading


Meet the ‘stans: Uzbekistan

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Meet the 'stans

Fun fact: Uzbekistan is a doubly landlocked country. This means that it is a country landlocked by other landlocked countries… lanlock-ception? There are only two doubly landlocked countries in the world, the other being Lichtenstein — which makes for a pretty impressive  fact if you ask me.

Power of the People

You can experience all the wonders of a country ­— from landscape to the architecture, cuisine to climate —but in many cases the resonating impact of the country travelled can often be the locals themselves. When I hear negative travel stories, more often than not the disappointing experiences involve an unfortunate encounter with natives of the country they have travelled to. The problem with a negative spell is that it can form a loud echo of your travels, despite the numerous positive experiences.

But Thomas, what does this have to do with Uzbekistan? Continue reading