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Can I Enter Dubai With an Israeli Stamp in my Passport?

Posted on by Noah Lederman in Lost In Translation, Or Bust | 4 Comments

Can I enter dubai with an Israeli stamp in my passport

The other day, somebody asked me: “Can I enter Dubai with an Israeli stamp in my passport?”


I didn’t have a definitive answer for them, but I definitely had the same question when I traveled to the Middle East last summer.


Before I visited the United Arab Emirates, the company that set up my trip to Dubai informed me that I would not have any issues. A few travel forums told similar stories. And while the answer on those sites sounds like a resounding yes, there is a slight caveat. (Note: I actually did not have Israeli stamps in my passport. I forgot that I had received a new passport after I had traveled to Israel.)

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Kayaking Misadventures: Twisters and Connecticut

Posted on by Noah Lederman in New York, Or Bust | 3 Comments

Kayaking Misadventures

Prior to my most recent trip to Connecticut, as a New Yorker, I can’t recall many excursions to the Constitution State. Heading north from Long Island always had me destined for the surf or the mountains, both of which Connecticut lacks. The only times I can recall a proper visit to Connecticut involves my biyearly Thanksgiving dinners at my cousins’ house. But then there was also the kayaking trip with Eric. Read more

Have You Seen This Couple?

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Couple's Massage Photo

On a trip to Toronto’s Chinatown district, I turned to my left and saw an advertisement for massage. (The ad is featured in the picture above.) Then I turned to my right and noticed that the next massage business had a mirror image of the same relaxed couple. Read more

How to Take Over the Lap Pool at Your Hotel

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How to Take Over a Lap Pool in Your Hotel

Over the past six months it’s been hard for me to find time to work out. In September, in a quite dramatic drive to break a 0-0 tie between the shirts and the skins, I tore my hamstring. Then, I was busy with my introductory course into fatherhood. Since I don’t belong to a gym or a pool, and most of my year-round fitness is done outdoors, this winter, which included the Polar Vortex and other unnamed days of frost, made athletics difficult. The ice and snow limited the number of times I laced up my running shoes, the rain and freezing temperatures reduced my days of cross-country skiing to two, and the one weekend that I snowboarded in New Hampshire provided me with little more than a nice leg burn. Read more

The Best Dim Sum in NYC

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The Best Dim Sum in NYC


Ever since I returned from Hong Kong, I’ve had dim sum on my mind. It’s hard not to when my work-day commute and trip to see my parents takes me through America’s third and first largest Chinatowns, respectively. It’s not that carted around dumplings are more delicious than other foods. In fact, in my opinion, Chinese food pales in comparison to other Asian cuisines, specifically Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese. But there’s something pleasantly atavistic about chasing after a dim sum cart, fighting off competitors for your lunch, and then settling down to the convivial spirit of shared eating. Read more