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 girl who murdered her fears: A story of a woman who inspires those around her

She is the person that I would turn to for a motivational boost; the classic positive thinker and carefree woman. Not much phases her, she seems to take everything in her stride. I never would have thought that my friend Wejdan had faced hard times and difficulties, so when I heard her story, I wasContinue reading “The girl who murdered her fears: A story of a woman who inspires those around her”

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”

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”

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”

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?”