Holland – Week one

So much has happened in the week that I really ought to note down my experiences before they overwhelm my capacity to remember anything. Settling in My first few days in Den Haag entailed settling into the area as well my new home – my family have gone to such an effort to make me feel at…

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…

7 days of fasting reflection 

Written last week but due to no internet I’ve unfortunately experienced a delay in publishing. Enjoy!  It’s officially been one week since I’ve begun fasting for eight hours throughout the day. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I became inspired to fast (for non religious reasons) after speaking to my Muslim friend Usman…

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…

Respire

I’ve started to feel suffocated by my own thoughts in recent times, so I made the decision to travel back down south to stay with my sister for a while, to escape and catch up with my girlfriends. The weather has been beautiful, which does wonders for my mental state. When I’m outside, I feel…

Pay it forward

Recently, internally I haven’t felt as happy and fulfilled as I usually do and I’m finding it difficult to experience this phase because it reminds me of a time when I didn’t know what happiness was. I feel that I have had an extended period of happiness that has now ended, so I’m trying to…

New beginnings

It’s never ceases to amaze me how one event can change the direction of one’s entire life. Since I have become single, I often remind myself – ‘my life can go in any direction’. For some people this uncertainty is a threat to their happiness, whilst for me, it provides myself with a thirst for…

The simple joys of travelling alone

When your mother works for an airline and both of your parents live abroad, flying tends to become a normality that you’re forced to get used to – much to my dismay. I usually make these quickie trips by myself, so I’m used to the standard London – Bergerac budget flight. However, since I’ve come…

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…