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Greater Eid, Indeed.

!عيد مبارك
Eid Mubarak!

Happy Birthday Mom!

The mosque in the evening.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Abu Dhabi, UAE

عيد الاضحى — “Festival of Sacrifice”

!عيد مبارك
Eid Mubarak!

Happy Eid al-Adha, the “festival of sacrifice” or “Greater Eid”.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Abu Dhabi, UAE


A man and his son.
Grand Mosque
Kuwait City, Kuwait

!חַג שָׂמֵחַ

Happy Passover!

الكويت: الانطباعات والتعبيرات الاولية — Kuwait: First Impressions and Expressions

With thousands of dollars wrapped up in a paper envelope and tucked away in my backpack, I packed onto a bus for the Dubai Airport — Terminal 2, where budget flights leave daily for all the places they don’t let most of us go anymore. Kuwait isn’t one of those places. In my role as “trip leader” (I couldn’t help but think of the line in Star Wars where one of Luke’s friends radios “Roger, red leader,” before exploding into a billion pieces), my job was to keep things safe.

We launched out of Dubai and very simply left The World behind. In less time than it took to drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, we were descending over a stretch of oil-soaked desert so barren it looked like a sandbox that had engulfed some of those old spiny antennae TVs used to have.

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