The most surreal day of my life to date (part 2)

Dad and decided to put our emotions to the side, silently reminding ourselves why we were here in the first place. We walked to the entrance of the camp, attempting to maintain an aspect of confidence in order to not appear too vulnerable. The best way that my mind was able to draw a parallel…

The most surreal day of my life to date (part 1)

It’s quite a strange feeling knowing that the last time you embarked on this journey, the car was packed to the ceiling with belongings, holiday luggage and random antiques that your mother had acquired from the last brocante (she’s extremely talented in bringing dying pieces of furniture back to life, yet we still complain about…

Amsterdam livin’

When you relocate to another country, your mind is forced to simultaneously process such a raw influx of information, that it is only natural to feel overwhelmed. I remember within my first month at my new apartment in Amsterdam (that still lacks internet, leading it to be incredibly lonely at times), my determination completely subsided…

The attractive sister of London

Amsterdam is like the attractive sister of London. The kind of sister that allows others to take centre stage, knowing that one day she’ll get noticed. Amsterdam smiles, whether on a long commute or simply whilst embarking on a pleasurable journey of leisure and exploration. Perhaps it is the lackluster effort to be angry or…

Holland – day one 

As the title of this blog post reveals, today was my first day in Holland. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that a huge amount cannot typically occur in one day whilst living in a new country, however due to my occasional impatient/anxious traits, I’ve wanted to get the ball rolling pretty hastily. I think…

Moving to Holland – travelling

I thought that it would be interesting to document my hectic experience whilst moving to Holland in order to perhaps offer some information for others who maybe going through the same experience – I also thought that my blog posts could come in handy when some personal reflection is due.  Last night I attempted to…

Moving to Holland – The preparation begins 

In five days, I move to Holland.  A couple of months ago,I visited my aunt in Holland. This was the second time that I had visited the country as a whole and the first time I had visited this particular area – The Hague. After this fleeting trip, I made the decision to move out…

Ramadan as told by Usman 

   In order to gain a better perspective, I asked my good friend Usman to write about what fasting and Ramadan truly means to him. Here it is, enjoy.    When thinking of what to write about Ramadan, the following came to my mind; Family, generosity, friends, selflessness, piety and determination.  These are the values…

The many benefits of fasting

Hi! Now that my degree is under my belt, I’m able to get back in the blogging swing of things! This month, my mind and body is focusing on fasting. As you may be aware, it is Ramadan. Ramadan involves a month of fasting from dawn until sunset and has been a highly practiced religious…

Which direction and how?

Do you ever sit and look at the people that surround your life and wonder how things will work out for you? For the most part, the common element which seems to become all too familiar for many people in my life is stress and this is something that like everybody else, I want to…

This hurts my heart

“Then the train left, and I walked away, and waited for the next train. I went home and didn’t mention what happened to anyone, not even my wife and children.” ‘What was I meant to say to my children? That Dad was pushed and shoved in the Metro because he’s black? That’s hopeless.” …. This…