As spring brings warmer temperatures in the northern hemisphere, flowers are beginning to bloom again. In Japanese culture, each bloom conveys specific emotions and messages. This symbolism is known as hannakotoba or “the language of flowers” in English and reflects the physical attribute of each plant, as well as its presence in art and literature.
The Dead Sea, bordered by Jordan to the East, is nearly ten times as salty as the ocean, which results in a buoyant experience for visitors who come to float. It is also the lowest point of elevation on earth: the shores around the Dead Sea are approximately 1500 feet below sea level.
Tbourida, or “gunpowder game” in Arabic, is a reenactment of a centuries-old Moroccan equestrian technique used by Berber warriors and other North African armies to intimidate enemies.