Every year in May, a few of my friends and I make it a point to attend the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). It’s the longest running annual TV song competition held since 1956. This year the competition took us to Vienna Austria, where we spent the whole week singing, dancing and partying with other Eurovision lovers […]

Sometimes even I don’t feel like cooking, so I usually have the ingredients for this quick oven pasta in the house just in case. It’s super easy to make and it beats grabbing for the unhealthy stuff. Plus my husband loves pasta, so he never complains when he sees what’s in the oven (though he […]

By now you have probably noticed that I have a few serious addictions in my life. One of them is chocolate. There’s just no way for me to keep my hands off it. Even when I am dieting I always have to have at least one piece of chocolate at some point during the day […]

Some friends you only see a couple of times a year but when you’re finally together it feels like the last time was only yesterday. Ever since we met while interning at a local Dutch newspaper it’s been that way between this friend and I. Besides our addiction for reading (Harry Potter 🙂 ) and […]

A few days ago a friend and I were discussing this article about genuine wonder becoming more slippery the more you pursue it. After thinking about it for a few seconds, we both were inclined to agree. Basically, you can split travelers into two categories; the freestylers that take things as they come and the […]

For Arabs bread is part of every meal. We eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It doesn’t matter if there’s also rice or potato included in that meal, bread is always on the table. Unfortunately it’s not a very healthy habit. Especially for those with an auto-immune disease eating lots of bread is not […]

As a child I always knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up; a war correspondent. My mother on the other hand, did not think it was such a good idea. So, in an attempt to make it sound less scary, I told her that I would become a Middle East correspondent […]

Like many others with dismay I took in the news of the disastrous earthquake that hit Nepal yesterday. It was only the day before that I was asked to answer the question if I thought life was fair. The first answer that popped to mind was no of course after a quick scan through all […]

No one can create a memorial like the Americans can. A place where they can commemorate the men and women that gave their life for their country. I have visited memorials before in a few other places in the world, but none of them have been able to touch me like the ones I have […]

There’s not much I love more after a day’s work than to sit outside in the sun with my cup of tea and a good book. That and hanging out with friends filling our bellies with tasty food and drinks. Unfortunately summer is still a long time away and temperatures are nowhere near comfortable. This […]