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Colonoscopy in Norway 

In my family there is a history of bowel cancer and pre-cancerous polyps. So, I was told that I needed to start having colonoscopies regularly from the age of 40. … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

Wintertime Reflections from Trondheim 

This is a mild winter and we all in Trondheim wish for something colder and more snow! Mild winter at this latitude means temperatures hover around zero which leads to … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · 2 Comments

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