Lighting candles in the Old City

The Old City of Jerusalem is always a hive of activity. As the sun gently rises over the distant hills, shopkeepers begin their commutes towards the city centre. Long days lie ahead, setting up shop in the empty streets. It does not take long for the crowds to appear -in their hundreds. Tourism in JerusalemContinue reading “Lighting candles in the Old City”

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”

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”

Listen, even the silence is whispering!

Click here to read more uplifting and encouraging content. It had been a long month. Come to think of it, it had been a long few months. I leaned against the sea wall and stared out into the distance. The blurry waves were dancing along with the wind. The winter sun had long since hiddenContinue reading “Listen, even the silence is whispering!”