The hidden secrets of the Old City of Jerusalem: Exploring the Christian and Muslim Quarters

There is no city quite like Jerusalem, the capital that attracts over 3.5 million tourists each year. I spent roughly three years living in the city and I can tell you that I most enjoyed living in the Old City. The Old city of Jerusalem is divided into four quarters: the Muslim quarter, the JewishContinue reading “The hidden secrets of the Old City of Jerusalem: Exploring the Christian and Muslim Quarters”

Jerash

The small country of Jordan, in the Middle East, is well known for it’s hospitality, culture and historical sights. From an archaeological perspective Jordan contains some of the most spectacular sites in the world including the world renowned tourist attraction that boasts over 500,000 visitors each year: Petra. On this occasion I want to talkContinue reading “Jerash”

Living in a Compound

During my time living in Saudi Arabia, I spent three months living in Al Hamra compound in Northern Riyadh. Since then I have been asked a lot of questions about compound life and about the experience of living on a compound so I wanted to write briefly about my experience. I moved to Al HamraContinue reading “Living in a Compound”

Diriyah Season

Saudi Arabia has been experiencing an immense ammount of reform and transformation in the past few years. Recently Diriyah Season and Riyadh Season were opened to the public. I had the opportunity of visiting Diriyah season (موسم الدرعية) in Riyadh and I have to say that the experience was nothing short of magical. What isContinue reading “Diriyah Season”

لماذا اخترت دراسة اللغة العربية

قبل ٤ سنوات قررت أن أدرس اللغات في الجامعة وفي رأيي هدأ القرار كان واحد من أهم القرارات في حياتي في العام ٢٠١٢ سافرت إلى القدس من أجل أن أكون متطوعة في منظمة كبيرة في البلدية القديمة القدس عندما وصلت إلى القدس ما عرفت كلمة في اللغة العربية. كل يوم عندما عملت في المنطمة سمعتContinue reading “لماذا اخترت دراسة اللغة العربية”

The secrets of the wise

Click here, to read more of the Jerusalem series. Her heart is for the visitor, the traveler, the new mother and the newlywed. To the world, she is a normal woman, however, I know her secret! She truly is a special character in her own right. One of a kind. Traditional yet open-minded, thoughtful andContinue reading “The secrets of the wise”

ما هو الصديق الأكبر من الأخ؟

“إذا كان بإمكانك الحصول على شئ إضافي واحد في حياتك، فما الذي سيكون لديك؟” أجابت: “أتمنى أن يكون لدي أخ“ كيف يمكنني أن أعرف أنه سيتم الرد على طلبي؟ كان صباح يناير مشمسا عندما توجهنا إلى مدينة جديدة للمرة الأولى احببة ان اتعرف على مدينة جديدة وقد دعتني صديقتي إلى بيتها وكنت ممتنة الفرصة لمشاهدةContinue reading “ما هو الصديق الأكبر من الأخ؟”

What greater friend than a brother?

Click here to read more stories from Jerusalem.   “If you could have one extra thing in your life, what would you have?” “A brother,” I said. How could I know that in a few years my wish would be answered? It was a sunny January morning when we headed to a new city forContinue reading “What greater friend than a brother?”

The man with the warmest of smiles

Click here to read more stories from Jerusalem. Ours was the unlikeliest of friendships. After all, he and I were from two completely different worlds. I was an eighteen-year-old redhead, who had left home to find herself and her ‘calling’ in the exotic-sounding city of Jerusalem: ‘the center of the world’. He was a long-standingContinue reading “The man with the warmest of smiles”