Monthly Archives: May 2012

May 29

Jaffa Gate

Here is the view from the balcony off my room at The New Imperial Hotel. No wonder Amedeo thought we were sleeping “in a castle.” Advertisements

May 28

From Dubai to Jerusalem

I am sitting in my hotel room just inside Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. I arrived here a couple of weeks ago with my wife, Moonira, and son, Amedeo. We flew in from Dubai where I was on a magazine assignment and where we spent a week enjoying the gleaming excesses of the city. […]

May 05

Considerably better digs…

Over the course of my travel for the Walls book, I slept in a snore-rattled dorm room in Tucson, a dank Belfast hostel, a tent in a desert refugee camp, a Moroccan hotel surrounded by solvent-huffing teens, and a police station in northeast India. Having paid my accommodation penance, the magazine assignment gods – or […]

May 05

“A Hymn in Aramaic”

The May issue of Alberta Views magazine contains my profile of Calgarian Chaldean priest Abbé Noël Farman. Farman was born and educated in Iraq, was part of Saddam’s army in the 1970s, and fled the Iraq for Canada in the aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion. He speaks a handful of languages – including ancient Aramaic […]