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”

Hands on Hope – A Friend to those facing dark times.

Hands-On Hope is a local Jordanian NGO based in Amman. Founded in 2015, the NGO prides itself in being committed to helping the poorest of the poor, no matter what the nationality. Under the leadership of Jacki Scott, the organisation seeks to provide critical support to those suffering under hardship.  Jacki and her team ofContinue reading “Hands on Hope – A Friend to those facing dark times.”

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”

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”

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”

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?”