The Marvelous Middle East: Eight Key Facts about the Turkish Language

During the recent Covid-19 pandemic, I have had to spend a lot of time indoors. So during this time I have decided to attempt to learn the basics of the beautiful Middle Eastern Language: Turkish. I have always wanted to travel to Istanbul, especially since I learned about the Ottomans and their influence around theContinue reading “The Marvelous Middle East: Eight Key Facts about the Turkish Language”

The songbird and I

Once upon a time, on a day that nobody remembers, a songbird was released from its cage. I’m sure that would have been quite a day! I wish that I could have watched her finally break free into the night sky. For that night she had been gifted with a new song. This is aContinue reading “The songbird and I”

Desert Castles in Jordan

As a little girl I spent time walking through the ruins of castles and forts with my family so naturally I had to do some exploring whilst in Jordan and to be sure, Jordan has many castles and ruins worth exploring. If you are prepared to hire a car and drive for just over anContinue reading “Desert Castles in Jordan”

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”

Wadi Rum

Jordan might be a small country, but it is filled to the brim with many breathtaking and beautiful sights. Whether you prefer the ancient ruins of the Rose City of Petra, or the hive of activity in downtown Amman, Jordan is sure to offer something to suit everyone. If you ever find yourself fortunate enoughContinue reading “Wadi Rum”

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”

Riyadh Boulevard

The year 2019 was a fundamental year for the country of Saudi Arabia. Many would argue this because of the number of reforms that took place, such as the E-Visa (allowing tourists to visit Saudi Arabia for the first time.) Before the year finished I was able to visit The Boulevard and experience some ofContinue reading “Riyadh Boulevard”

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”

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”