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Monthly Archives: January, 2017

Book Reflections – The Second Arab Awakening by Marwan Muasher

Pluralism can best be defined as the fundamental commitment to political diversity at all times. It means that no party has a monopoly on the truth and no party can … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Northern Najd a Journey from Jerusalem to Anaiza in Quasim by Carlo Guarmani

I read this interesting account of a journey from Palestine to Saudi Arabia as an ebook. I’ve made many trips to Saudi Arabia myself but as you can imagine, my movement is … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Book Reflections – Life After Life by Kate Atkinson 

I really like Kate Atkinson’s writing style. In Life After Life we follow the life and death of Ursula Todd again and again and again as Atkinson explores different possible … Continue reading

January 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Misadventure in the Middle East by Henry Hemming

For several years now I have been reading to the theme of the Middle East and making regular trips of my own to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, UAE, and Qatar. I … Continue reading

January 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Reflections on Norway: Coffee and cafés in Trondheim

Our very first morning in Trondheim I woke early – totally jet-lagged from the long flights and jagged dislocation from travelling from the other side of the world. Plus, it … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

Giselle by the Latvian National Ballet 

We are in Riga, Latvia for my 40th birthday as a long weekend getaway from Trondheim, Norway. An acquaintance walked part of the way to the bus stop with me … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Riga Street Food Festival 

We are in Riga, Latvia for a long weekend to celebrate my 40th birthday. Luckily for us the Riga Street Food Festival was on today.  The edge of the old … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – Syria, The Desert & The Sown by Gertrude Bell 

After finding so much pleasure in reading Gertrude Bell’s book Amarath to Amarath I moved on to Syria – The Desert and the Sown with great expectations (downloaded for free from this site … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · 4 Comments

Book Reflections – The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa

It is timely to reflect on a book set in the Gaza Strip after the UN Security Council voted in favour of a resolution demanding the halt of settlement activity by … Continue reading

January 8, 2017 · 3 Comments

Skiing at Skistua, Trondheim 

When we researched Trondheim before moving here from Australia in July 2015, we read about how great it is to go cross country skiing on Bymarka mountain beside the town. … Continue reading

January 7, 2017 · Leave a comment