Category Archive: This and That

The Things People Tell Me

The United Arab Emirates as a country was founded today, 2 December, exactly 50 years ago, when Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman, and Umm-al-Quwain joined forces. Ras-al-Khaimah, the 7th emirate making up… Continue reading

Constant Flux – How Changes Shape the Skyline and Experience of Living in the UAE

Nothing stands as a stronger sign of change than when a building or group of buildings are razed to the ground to make space for redevelopment. I’ve driven past Mina Plaza Towers many… Continue reading

Wrapping Things Up

“One of the fascinating things about humans is that, in contrast to stones and to water and to earth and to fields, they seem to be privileged and burdened with the ability to… Continue reading

An Inner Journey

“On average you live for 80-odd years and then you die. Sometimes quietly in your sleep. Other times, horribly. In between living and dying, some people endure. Others barely manage to survive. Some… Continue reading

Introducing “A Taste of Freedom”

We have always known that, one day, we will have to leave the United Arab Emirates. Visas are tied to jobs and sponsors, and no matter how long one lives here, eventually one… Continue reading

On My Bedside Table

“A good book should leave you . . slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.” – William Styron – I am not keen on writing reviews. Perhaps because… Continue reading

With Gratitude

Receiving recognition never fails to bring a warm, fuzzy feeling to my heart. The blogging community is an interesting space and a great place to meet inspirational people. It is evident that countless people in the world are living the… Continue reading

See the World Through Someone Else’s Eyes

After spending a week in procrastination I have, at last, decided to respond to Alex from A Journey of Sorts . . . and Benjamin from Les3elephants who respectively nominated me for The Versatile Blogger and The Liebster… Continue reading

A Great Way to Build Community

Connecting with other bloggers through the blogs they write not only inspires me, but makes me feel part of a community filled with interesting people. A rather cool Canadian couple nominated me today… Continue reading

The Sound of Rain

The screech of tyres wake me up. I feel groggy with sleep. Then I hear it: the unmistakable deep rumble of thunder. I jump out of bed, eyes struggling to focus, and fling the… Continue reading

On Days Like Today

On days like today, I want to hide from the weather. The hot wind exhales dust across the road. The windows are shut. The blinds barely open. I retreat into a world of… Continue reading

A Touch of Spring

I fling the windows wide open despite my intimate knowledge of the inevitable consequences. It is a stubborn act of defiance. I know that the gleaming wood surfaces will in twenty-four hours’ time… Continue reading

My Year in Books

It is that time of the year when I am often surprised by the innate urge to reflect, re-live and re-evaluate my life. When I look back over the past year I see a steady stream of books… Continue reading

A Garden Refuge

Depending on how you look at it, I am either the voice of reason or the terrible hand brake to my husband’s often elaborate projects that can be as unstoppable as popcorn that… Continue reading

Travel Dreams

Summer in the UAE is not a time for outdoor adventures as I much rather prefer spending my days in cool, air-conditioned spaces, than venturing out in what can only be described as a furnace. Although… Continue reading