Posts Tagged With: Ramallah

Last Day in the Middle East

I have many posts in draft currently that I plan on posting later – as you all should know (see previous post), but since today is my last day in the Middle East, I thought I’d post something quick.

Even though this trip was bittersweet with everything that happened, I still had an amazing time.

I always love seeing my family and I wish these reunions could happen more often – makes me want to get married just to see them. (Not ready yet!)

I LOVE being in Ramallah and seeing and hearing where my family grew up and meeting the people that knew my grandfather and family. Though I’m terrible at Arabic and am not as accustom to the little things in the culture there, I still feel a sense of belonging and a sense of comfort. Not sure how else to describe it.

All in all, there were good and bad times, but I’ll always remember how amazing this trip was – mainly because it brought me closer to my family.

I’ll be back in the states by tomorrow night, inshallah. I’ll share more of my stories later.

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The City of Ramallah

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Made it to Ramallah!

To quickly give a live update (even though I just posted), I’ve made it to Ramallah and am staying with my uncle and his family in their upstairs house. Though the trip took longer than expected, we made it safely and soundly.

I’ll hopefully have some down time tomorrow to do some REAL blogging.

🙂

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4 more hours

I’m heading to Amman today…I’ve been traveling since Sunday, June 30 starting from 7:30am…was on a plane for 4 hours, had a lay over in Chicago for 4 hours and have been on this flight to Amman for 10 hours…4 more to go!

Though I’m typing while I’m on the plane, this post will be published after I’m well off the plane.

I just felt like writing since I can’t sleep. I’ve already watched Lincoln amd Wreck it Ralph on our tv screens – loved them both! Lincoln was so well done and Joseph Gordon Levitt was in it as well as Adam from Girls! Whaatt?!?!?! I loved how Adam delivered the 2 lines he had. Wreck it Ralph was adorable and so perfect. Man, Pixar and Disney just do a great job at touching your heart.

Now I’m debating watching the hobbit or a different movie.

Well, we’re almost there. Inshallah it seems faster than 4 hours…

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Mid East Trip Part Tinaen (Two in Arabic)

Tomorrow morning, my family and I embark on our second Middle East trip in the past 3 years.

 

I am getting anxious, excited, nervous…all kinds of feelings right now. I can’t wait to see my family, see more of the place my family and ancestors are from, and just experience more new things.

 

My Arabic speaking skills are poor, so that will suck…and it’ll be hot. Buuuttt I’ll be fine. I’ll make it through and probably love every moment – well mostly.

It’s an odd time for my family though. I won’t get into details because it’s rather private, but I really hope this trip turns out for the better.

 

Well – I’m all packed, sandwiches have been made (my mom is anti-buy airport food, with good reason), showers have been taken and I need to sleep! I’ll post as much as I can while I’m in Amman, Ramallah, and where ever we go – but it won’t be too consistent.

Wish me safe travels and see you all on the other side!

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The Summers of Trips

In my last post, I mentioned that I will be heading to the Middle East this summer. I figured it was time to give a few details/background info on the trip!

In 2010, my family and I went to the Middle East for a relative’s wedding. It was my first time ever in the Middle East, especially the place where my family grew up– Ramallah, Palestine. It was truly a trip of a lifetime! We went all around Ramallah,  Sea of Galilee, Nazareth (where we had the best shwarma), the old city Jerusalem, Petra, and Amman Jordan.

Qubbat As-Sakhrah aka Dome of the Rock Mosque

The experience is something I will never forget and keep safe in my heart. So much happened and so many things were seen–good and bad. It made me proud to be Palestinian and see where my family grew up. And then to relate it to all the events that have happened in the West Bank, Israel, and Jordan was so interesting.

We are going back again for numerous family parties/gatherings and I am just as excited! We were going to try and visit different places, like Turkey or Egypt, but we decided to go back to Ramallah since other relative got engaged. Pack as many parties in while EVERYONE is here.

Did I mention that these are basically family reunions too? Yeah, aunts, uncles, cousins that I haven’t seen in awhile are coming too! And we are all soooo excited! I honestly cannot wait! I’m trying to work on speaking Arabic more (I’m so bad at it though. At least I’m trying, right?), getting all my outfits and clothes ready. Ah!! Just can’t wait!

The Beautiful Sea of Galilee

I truly hope I am able to post here a few times on the trip. Imma be busy with the family–aka no private/alone time, so we’ll see what I can do. But a relative owns a nice cafe in Ramallah that has wifi, so maybe it’ll be quick posts from my phone, with some pics…well LOTS of pics.

Speaking of pics, My guy and I did Bay to Breakers this past weekend. If you don’t know, Bay to Breakers is a 12k from the Embarcadero in SF to Ocean Beach on the end of Golden Gate Park. There are costumes, serious runners, naked people, and so much energy! It was the longest run I’ve ever done and the most fun!

I’m so glad I got to take part something as amazing as this and was able to run at least 5 miles of the 7 (it’s a 12k). Let’s hope I can improve even more on my next run!

Here is a pick of people on the famous Hayes Street Hill and a random waterfall in Golden Gate park.

Wait, a waterfall in San Francisco?

So many people on Hayes Street Hill on Bay to Breakers

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