embracing culture

embracing culture, personal deviations

Is youth wasted on the young?

Is youth wasted on the young?

There’s a galah on the railing. The scavenger pink and grey Aussie, the gaudily dressed cocatoo, bold as brass, with a screech loud enough to blow the hairs out of an old man’s earhole.Speaking of old men, there’s one to my right, tottering into my elbow, who shares some similarilties. […]

October 11, 2011 ×

Bab al Shams, Desert, embracing culture, hotels, Qasr al Sarab, weekend break

A taste of the desert

A taste of the desert

I had been looking forward to this weekend for over a month. In fact, I had been looking forward to this weekend even before I booked the trip. I knew we would do it. It was going to be hellishly expensive, it would involve an incredibly boring drive with two […]

April 22, 2011 ×

Badulla, blessing, embracing culture, life, love, Lunch, poverty, religion, Sri Lanka, travel

Mother Mary

Mother Mary

So first we arrived in “Little England”, and then went to a big temple…. Step three of our journey was to see the real Sri Lanka. As I have mentioned, we have a Sri Lankan Maid-slash-nanny-slash-cook-slash-counselor working with our family. When she invited us to see her home town, we […]

March 2, 2011 ×

embracing culture, hotels, no children, slow service, Sri Lanka, travel

The Bleak House

The Bleak House

Can you guess where I am? I am standing in the shadow of a dark and imposing bluestone mansion, at least I would be in shadow if there were any sun. Mist creeps around me, leaving moisture on every surface, too small to see, but easy enough to feel. The […]

February 23, 2011 ×

bastakiya, breakfast, Dubai, embracing culture, Traditional Dubai

Kitchen Culture

Kitchen Culture

In a couple of months, I will be sharing my three year anniversary with Dubai. I am so happy I am still here, what a wonderful place to live. And now, I will be accepted as a real expat – for those that have been here for a little longer […]

February 9, 2011 ×

Arabic celebrations, Dubai, embracing culture, Traditional Dubai

Back to my Sandpit

Back to my Sandpit

Do you remember last week – I was having anxiety attacks about the number of construction vehicles on the vacant lot outside my house? I was concerned that the Dubai construction boom might actually be back, and it was starting 25 metres from my youngest son’s bedroom. There were whopping […]

November 3, 2010 ×