The Middle East is a region that has captured our hearts and souls.  The hospitality, generosity and kindness of the people living in this ancient land is unimaginable, the ruins and crumbling sites are some of the oldest and most fascinating in the world and the food is flavourful and of great variety.

From the time you wake up in the morning to the last call to prayer in the evening, you will have experiences that will move you, change your life and make you realize that not everything we see and hear on the news is true.  There’s nowhere in the world where we have felt more welcomed than in the Middle East.  We traveled for 3 months in this enchanting land and will most definitely be back one day, hopefully soon.

This is part 1 of a 4 part series.  Here we’ll showcase some of the fantastic faces of the people we encountered while backpacking through Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.

Relaxing In The Shade. Tripoli, Lebanon
A Stern Glance From The Nile River. Egypt
Hanging Out With Workers At A Honey Shop. Kars, Turkey
Cheery Cherry Vendor. Istanbul, Turkey
With New Friends. Harran, Turkey
A Streetside Vendor. Tripoli, Lebanon
Best Friends In The Desert. Luxor, Egypt
A Salesman. Along The Banks Of The Nile River, Egypt
Invited In For Tea. Siwa Oasis, Egypt
At The Pyramids With A Group Of Local Kids. Giza, Egypt
Young Girl Lost In Thought. Dahab, Egypt
Stay Still! Shearing Sheep. Van, Turkey
Smiling For The Camera. Van, Turkey
Chats With A Friend. Diyarbakir, Turkey
Local Men Hanging Out. Tripoli, Lebanon
Boys At The Market. Sanliurfa, Turkey
Photo With Local Girls. Mt. Nebo, Jordan
Spending a Lazy Day In The Shade With Locals. Siwa Oasis, Egypt
The Friendly Welcome Of The Locals. Giza, Egypt
A Man Shearing His Sheep. Van, Turkey
Waiting For The Bus. Gaziantep, Turkey
Bread Making Factory. Tripoli, Lebanon
Some Of The Many Generous People Who Treated Us To Lunch. Sanliurfa, Turkey
Taking A Break To Chat. Sanliurfa, Turkey
Selling Drinks For Hikers. Cappadocia, Turkey
Great Way To Spend An Afternoon. Mut, Egypt
Picnic With A New Friend. Siwa Oasis, Egypt
A Walk Home. Siwa Oasis, Egypt
Smiling Faces. Sanliurfa, Turkey
Jimmy The Felucca Captain. Journey Down The Nile River, Egypt

The people of this region are some of the friendliest we’ve ever met!  We couldn’t walk through a market, wait for a bus or wander through a silent desert without having local people come over and talk with us.  We challenge you to spend a full day walking around and not be invited in for tea, dinner or just a friendly chat.  Go, see for yourself.





Budget Backpacking Guide To EGYPT

Budget Backpacking Guide To TURKEY

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