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Monthly Archives: November, 2014

Music

During a lunchroom discussion at work it became evident that I haven’t listened to any new western music in 7 years EXCEPT Katy Perry, who (thanks to my daughter’s choir) … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book Review – A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

When I borrowed the book A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush from a friend I was attracted to the setting, having been fascinated by Afghanistan since 2001. I had never … Continue reading

November 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

Postcard 15 from the Arab world – A female solo traveller

My five weeks is complete and I am now in Dubai on my way home and gladly no longer wearing my abaya or hijab. It’s been a tumultuous time and I have … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Postcard 14 from the Arab world – A female solo traveller

So, here is the much-anticipated 2nd instalment from my trip to Oman. As I walked into the hotel lobby, feeling deflated and wary I soon cheered up as I fell … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 4 Comments

Postcard 13 from the Arab world – A female solo traveller

I decided to splurge (with my husband’s encouragement) on a weekend away in Oman (country number 31 for me) and it was an excellent decision (last weekend was rather dull … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · 6 Comments

Postcard 12 from the Arab world – A female solo traveller

I spoke to a Bedouin man in Saudi Arabia (of course because I don’t get access to women!) who has moved to the city and he told me that he has … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · 4 Comments

Postcard 11 from the Arab world – A female solo traveller

Well, I think it’s fair to say that I’ve just had the least eventful and least stimulating weekend of my adult life! Here in Saudi Arabia, women do not mix … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 6 Comments