“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime” – Mark Twain
This is Mais, a two-year-old diaspora Palestinian, who was travelling with her mother, father, and brother to Jordan, before continuing their travels to the West Bank to visit Mais’ grandparents. Humbling flight company [London-Amman flight, somewhere in the sky].
City lights [Amman, Jordan].
A bus queue: “[We] have made you into nations and tribes, so that you might come to know one another” (49:13) [downtown Amman, Jordan].
A kitchen knife supplier [downtown Amman, Jordan].
Coffee to the tee. Starbucks equivalent but for real Gs [downtown Amman, Jordan].
Thug life [Amman, Jordan].
A shop dedicated to the infamous na’al/shibshib/slipper. Slippers are an Arab’s best friend [downtown Amman, Jordan].
“Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky, we fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptiness” (Khalil Gibran) [the creek, Dubai, UAE].
[Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE].
“The desert fills men’s hearts with visions” (Paulo Coelho) [somewhere in the desert, Dubai, UAE].
Immigrant goats [Oman-UAE border].
“And [are they not aware that] We have set up firm mountains on earth, lest it sway with them, and [that] We have appointed thereon broad paths, so that they might find their way” (21:31) [Musandam, Oman].
Fish harbour [Khasab, Oman].
Campfire on the beach [Oman].
“Which [then] of your Lord’s marvels will you deny? (55:13) [Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman].
“Hence, [O believer], bear thou with patience whatever they may say, and extol thy Sustainer’s limitless glory and praise before the rising of the sun and before its setting” (50:39) [Musandam, Oman].