The News in 219 Cities: This week’s cities: Hama, Seeb, and Sayyan

Originally posted on As of Now:
For my latest project/experiment I am going to write down the latest news from three randomly picked cities in the Arab world. I will also include cities in Israel and Turkey. To do this I put together a list that included the 10 most populated cities of each country (though…

Easter in the Duomo: A moment for spirituality

Michael and I were on our honeymoon in Italy and had started out our trip in Florence. Although Florence is one of the most touristy towns in a country that snags over 46.1 billion tourists a year, I can’t help but love it. The town is absolutely beautiful and you can’t walk five feet without stumbling across a bit of classical statuary, a mathematically perfect building, an amazing Italian restaurant (but really, what Italian restaurant isn’t amazing?) or a gelato stand. If the townspeople had had the presence of mind to throw a grand medieval castle into the mix I would dub Firenze heaven on earth and you would never hear from me again.