Afternoons With Teta

She reaches into the cabinet behind her and pulls out two wafer bars, one for me and one for my sister. “There you go,” she says with a smile. “Thank you teta,” we reply in unison. “But teta, you know I’m trying to watch my snacking,” I add. “Never mind, keep it. You’ll have something…

The Maid’s Room

One of the features I enjoy the most in our apartment is that I have a place to put my washing machine, cleaning material, and all the stocks of supplies we might need without them being directly in my line of vision. It’s an extension of the kitchen that originally had two entrances until we…

Live Breathe Work

There’s nothing I want more than to be successful at work- to feel like I’m making a difference, that the effort I put in day and day out is actually leading to something. I’m very fortunate to make a living out of something I enjoy- even if it puts an emotional and physical toll on…

To New Beginnings and Great Friends

I was never a fan of bachelorette parties. I hated the matchy-matchy elements, putting on a veil and parading around in it, or any of the show-off things that are making bachelorette parties what they have become today. So I clearly pointed out to my bridesmaids that I wanted something easy going and fun. A…

We Continue to Move

If they assessed marriageability based upon the ability to fold towels, I would be written off as completely unsuitable. No matter how hard I try and no matter how much my poor mother tries to teach me, I just end up doing it in the wrong way. Hey, who knew there was one pre-defined method…

Work-Life Intersection

I learned a valuable lesson today: never invite your fiance to stop by your office unless you want him to rearrange everything near and dear to your heart. I don’t understand what compelled him to do that but all my stationary and files were reshuffled, just because. It was his first time visiting me at…

What Living in the Netherlands Taught Me

If I’ve learned anything lately, it’s that time flies. One moment you’re getting your acceptance letter for graduate school, the next it’s four years down the line and you can barely remember what you studied or where you lived or who you encountered. Wow, it’s been four years since I moved to Maastricht, a town…

Let’s Be Honest, I Feel So Out of Place

I had today‚Äôs post planned out in my head since the early morning. I would write about board game night and how fun it was. How awesome it is that a bunch of people are getting together and playing board games and card games instead of getting drunk while horrible music plays in the background….

The Streets of Beirut

Beirut is the perfect city for random signs, posters, wall art, and just general randomness. I love keeping an eye out and reading whatever I come across, and sometimes I see gems that either make me laugh or just wonder. I think because there’s so much problems going on here and everyone just wants to…

Happiness (in a Hospital)

I had the best sleep I’ve ever had in a long while last night. The kind of sleep where you wake up and think you’ve gone on for so long, but you actually have only slept for an hour. And yet you feel incredibly refreshed and ready to take on the world. And by taking…