In Search of an Alternative Palestine (al-Jazeera)

In May I travelled to Palestine to walk on a new hiking trail there, Abraham’s Path (Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil), and to find out about opportunities for tourists to experience a Palestine not seen on the conventional Holy Land tour bus circuit. One of my stories on the trip was published today by the al-Jazeera English website.

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Bergen, Norway: a cultural city guide (Sunday Telegraph)

After trips to Libya, Tunisia and Palestine this year I decided to escape the Arab uprisings and visit Norway. My grandmother was Norwegian, and we’d enjoyed family holidays there,  but I hadn’t been to Bergen since I was a child. In an age of increasing homogeneity it was good to visit a place that is so distinctly – well – Norwegian. The Telegraph published my cultural guide to the city.