Only recently have Bedouin people had access to Hospitals. Therefore, they have a robust and established First Aid system (some things might make you go “eww”) with which they treat various ailments… Read about some of the practices I have learned…Read more "Bedouin First Aid"
There are some things which never change about a person. A social or religious programming you have received as a child, or a characteristic you developed or were born with. No one persons unchangeable factors are necessarily the same, but for sure everyone has something that is unchangeable about them… Or at least something pretty much certainly unchangeable.Read more "Billy Goat Head in my fridge …"
#1: They are spontaneous. #2: They have a mischievous sense of humour. #3: They are generous. #4: They are remarkably tolerant. #5: They don’t hold a grudge.Read more "The 5 characteristics I love most about Bedouin Arabs"
As a Brit rain is not something I naturally get excited about. Cold, wet, grey and inconvenient. However, since living in the desert I have a new appreciation for it.Read more "First Rain"
From the start I didn’t like the village. I resented its small town mentality, and the loss of wide open views that the open desert offers …Read more "The sounds of village life"
Bismillah Rahman Ar-Raheem. Obedience is an interesting thing. In the West it used to be considered good, but these days is mostly regarded as bad but with limits. Rebels are revered but the rebel shouldn’t be TOO rebellious in that the rebellion pushes the unseen boundaries of respectable rebellion, the rebel becoming a criminal. For example […]Read more "Some thoughts on Obedience"
Bismillah Rahman Ar-Raheem Bedouin love Mansaf and versions of it are prepared all over the Middle East. Each version is as immovable and as varied as the people themselves. Each time I am taught how to prepare it I am told this is the “ONLY” way it should be done really. No-one here has kitchen […]Read more "Mansaf – Bedouin Homestyle with Meat"
Bismillah Rahman Ar-Raheem. Walking away from the comforts of consumer lifestyle is not a step to be taken lightly. Yet people living in cities often tell me when they come to the desert their soul feels something that is missing in their home. There are many things we do without here, which come as granted in […]Read more "A Simple Life"
A short sturdy lady came towards me. Exuding strength, warmth, kindness, generosity, and an uncompromising self. She smiled greeting me with the booming greetings of the desert. At least 3 minutes dedicated to the ritual. Allah hayki, kaif haliki, shlownki, Al-hamdulilah, Allah maki, Halla ya halla, Allah HAYki. She kisses my cheek, grasps my head, then […]Read more "Portrait of a Matriarch…"
Thank you very much to dbushra for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I feel honoured to know what I have written has been of some interest, and I am happy to discover lots of great new bloggers out there through this award. So here goes: dbushra’s Questions: #1: Why did you start your blog? I […]Read more "The Liebster Award"