The most interesting people we met this year

From a camel cowboy to a woman living in a laundromat, 2016 was full of surprises.

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The University of Alabama-themed shop sticks out among more traditional stores. The University of Alabama-themed shop sticks out among more traditional stores. (Photo: Benyamin Cohen)

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Dia Abdeen

We were walking along the cobblestone streets of Jerusalem this year and amidst the various trinket shops appeared a University of Alabama-themed souvenir shop. We met the owner, Dia Abdeen, who greeted visitors with an emphatic "Roll Tide!" So why did he decide to open an Alabama-themed outlet in the middle of the Mediterranean? Turns out, his brother was a student at the storied southern institution. "My brother watches all of the games, and he's really very crazy," Abdeen said with a hearty laugh. Alumni from around the world flock there, showing that Alabama fans can truly be found just about everywhere.

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