The flower that bloomed

Click here, to read more of the Jerusalem series. There is someone that I know who lives down a narrow street somewhere in the city by the bakers. The house with the small patio and the black ever so slightly rusted gate. If you ever visit her you will often find her scurrying from roomContinue reading “The flower that bloomed”

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”

The National Museum of Saudi Arabia

As somebody who has grown up in a house full of history lovers, I have a firm appreciation for museums and history, therefore, when I moved to Riyadh one of the first places that I wanted to visit was the National Museum of Saudi Arabia. I booked my first taxi in Riyadh and off weContinue reading “The National Museum of Saudi Arabia”

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”

Release

This is a poem that reflects the courage that one may need to step out, let go of old things and embrace new beginnings; it is dedicated to anyone who is on the verge of change.  The child stood alone for a time, Balloons in hand, And quietness flooded the place, Could she dare toContinue reading “Release”

Tracks and Tantrums – Amman Train Station

I’m feeling a little reminiscent today, so I decided to write about a sweet moment that happened during the time that I lived in Amman, the capital city of Jordan. It was a lovely hot Wednesday in May. I was set to leave Jordan within the following two weeks so I wanted to make theContinue reading “Tracks and Tantrums – Amman Train Station”

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?”