The b(e)are necessities

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 […]

Healthy Blueberry oat muffins

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 […]

USS Arizona, Pearl Harbor memorial Hawaii

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 […]

Chinese QingMing Festival: celebrating life and death!

The first of April is no laughing matter for me. The only one I try to fool is myself into believing this horrible month did not just start. April, forever marked in black on my calendar. The month I lost both my parents much earlier than anyone should. Coincidentally, it’s also when the Chinese honor […]

Pancakes

Today is national Pancake Day in The Netherlands. A successful tradition which has blown over from England, Ireland and Australia. Originally Pancake Day is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and you’re no longer allowed to eat flour, eggs or sugar for a total of 40 days. Eating pancakes became a convenient […]

Rosslyn Chapel Scotland

As you have already read in Harry Potter and The Neverending Rain, I am a devoted reader. It will probably come as no surprise when I tell you that I have read all of Dan Brown’s books, starting with The Da Vinci Code. If it weren’t for work and the daily chores, I would have […]