About the Author
Rebecca Lowe is a journalist who set out on a solo bike ride through Europe and the Middle East in 2015. She pedaled through Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Gulf, Iran and more to dissect the difference between her experience and how the West portrays this region. We are proud to consider Rebecca as an Arkel ambassador and encourage you to check out her book in which she shares her journey. Below is an exclusive excerpt to give you a taste of her adventure.
“A terrifically compelling book, bursting with humour, adventure and insight into the rich landscapes and history of the Middle East.”
The man, Mahjoub, unlocks a gate nearby and leads me into a beautiful adobe courtyard. Built in the classic Nubian style, its ivory walls are decorated with clay pottery and woven wallhangings, while half a dozen doors around the perimeter lead into a series of charming bedrooms. Mine contains a mahogany bed with blood-red satin sheets, a faded rug and, on the wall, the hide of what appears to be some kind of warthog or giant mongoose. Outside the window, the Nile can be seen just metres away, its sandy bank now a deep coral-pink as if its capillaries were relaxing in the fading light of dusk.