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A visit to Temptation Mountain in heels!

This is my last post of 2017! Can’t believe it’s over already! It’s been quite an emotional ride; filled with great and not so great moments, but I know that I am coming stronger out of this one and I cannot wait to take on 208 by the horns. 2017 brought me closer to the love of my life but tore me a little bit away from home. Emotional I tell ya! Anyway, what a better way to end the year than with a huge outfit bang! This is a little bit of a tiny DIY, a very simple one; a super simple one that you can easily do with anything bling-y you have! I was simply too tired of wearing my black culottes all the time, and I didn’t want to buy new ones, so I just pimped them up real good. I had a few knicks and knacks around and so I used them to turn my plain old black culottes into a cultural piece.

Hubbs has been telling me about Temptation Mountain for a while and has been wanting to take me there for a little walk around, but we never got a chance until today. Temptation Mountain is like 5km out of Jericho and it is said to be the mountain where Jesus resided while the devil tempted him during his 40-day fast. There’s a beautiful monastery there and there’s loads of pilgrims from all over the world that pass by this monastery during their prayer and redemption journey. I met a few and it is quite interesting to see them so dedicate to renew their faith. The church is high and isolated and I am sure it is the perfect place to be in when you are in search of finding yourself and in search of inner peace. So, what better way to end the year than in a place of solitude and reflection to get the chance to reflect on your past actions and work on the future to better yourself as a citizen of the world.

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This outfit I wore seems so fitting to the fact that it bring culture and history all together. I know I am wearing heels and all, but it really wasn’t bad to walk in them!

I decided to bedazzle my culottes with Palestinian embroidered pieces I had lying around and add some gold coins for extra oomph.

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WHAT I WORE:

SHIRT: Zara (thrifted) ♥ Pants: Zara ♥ SUNNIES: Claire’s ♥ SHOES: Charles & Keith Sandals ♥ JACKET: Vero Moda Trench ♥ EARRINGS: Aldo

 

I wanted to take time to wish you all the happiest of holidays and to have a wonderful new year!!! May 2018 be filled with amazing opportunities, endless happy memories and loads of peace and love!

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Jericho update + OOTD

I have been feeling a little down these past few days…as I am getting home sick and I miss everyone and everything. I know it is a little rubbish of me to keep thinking of my life in Canada and that I should start to get used to Jericho…but I feel like I might not be able to assimilate with everything. Don’t get me wrong, people are super kind here and very welcoming and super wonderful….but sometimes they’re a little too aggressive, in the sense that they try to budge into the details of your life without you necessarily wanting to give all the details…Despite everything, I am super happy to be here, to be with my hubs, to be around so many beautiful, kind souls. Everyone has been an absolute dream to hang with…his family and friends… I guess I just hit a little low and needed a little rest…anyway, so to occupy myself a little bit, I decided to work as a little translator in a gift shop since have 5 languages in the bag, I met loads of wonderful people from all over the world…Malaysia, Italy, Mexico, France, Uganda, you name it! Tourists were kind and funny and witty…they all found it amazing that I spoke their language…so dressing up was required and this brings us to the main purpose of this blog…which is my outfit of the day! Comfort was necessary! An absolute must when standing all day. I kept things pretty simple but added a little pizzazz in the show department. I haven’t worn these babies in ages…but I am so glad I rediscovered them as they are too damn cute!

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The outfit was monochrome but the shoes just helped add a little more happy into my day.

WHAT I WORE:

SHIRT: Forever 21 ♠ PANTS: Zara culottes ♠ SHOES: Kate Spade for Keds

 

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It has been almost a month now for me since moving…I will say that overall, in the bigger picture, I have definitely adapted and I am surprisingly very cool, calm and collected about everything…these past 2 days have been a little difficult because I guess reality hit me right in the face. We sometimes perceive things one way and they end up in another. I wouldn’t say I have had a melt down just yet, but I definitely cried a little bit here and there but yesterday was quite “dramatic”, however, luckily I am blessed with such a  wonderful man that pushes me to stay true to myself and strong. I think it is necessary in life to find that one person that completes you and he totes does….he makes me such a better and calmer person; he’s the wind to my fire and for that I am grateful and blessed.

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A canuck in the Middle East…

This canuck has moved…to a little country called Palestine…Jericho to be more precise. It has been a little less than 2 weeks, but it feels like ages ago. Life has been so freaking hectic. My days were pretty much filled with mishaps, ups, downs, tantrums, excitements and all those joys called feelings. I moved for many reasons and one of them being to be with my better half. I have never envisioned living in a place like Jericho, mainly because it is a small town (about 30 000 ppl). I mean, there is nothing wrong with that, but I feel like I am so used to being a city girl (huge place like Montreal cannot really be compared to Jericho). I will not lie that at first I was super overwhelmed with everything. I mean, yes I am Arabic, but I am more Canadian than I am that. I spent my entire life in Montreal in a multi-cultural melting pot. It taught me so many beautiful things such as cultural difference and social acceptance. I try to apply that concept wherever I go because it is important to integrate and assimilate. Since I am a little gypsy at heart, I knew that it wouldn’t be such a big problem for me to eventually find myself. I am a child of diaspora since I was born and so, I am very used to moving and being in different places…but since Montreal was the largest part of my life, it was very hard for me to let go a little bit (even though in my heart I wanted to leave a few years ago).

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Planning a wedding on top of all that was a little stressful, but it makes me happy to kinda argue a little with my fiancé over little things like flowers and invitations. It makes me realize that being in a relationship is about compromise and work. Understanding the other’s person’s point of view without being judgemental…it is about accepting that person completely for being themselves and showing their true color. This and the fact that I have been uprooted make it a little hard for me not to be overly sensitive and tad bit dramatic. I mean, being stateless (for the moment) isn’t easy…especially the fact that I am Canadian but still cannot use my passport here for some political situations that are a little hard to explain. Nonetheless, despite all the challenges that I have faced so far in those 2 weeks, I am still very happy to be with the man I love.

I will blog more about Jericho in the next few weeks to show you guys how it truly is…I mean right now, I am looking at it with the point of view of a tourist and a local and this is a huge stepping stone for me. Taking risks has always been my forte, I was never able to sit quiet and be comfortable. I was always that girl that shied away from the easy roads; I always wanted a challenge to prove to myself that I am capable of surviving and of accomplishing.

What I went through these past couples of days had me thinking about how sad it is that in 2017, there still are people out there that have no identity and no status. It is sad to see that in some part of the world, there are barriers that cannot easily be broken. That in itself does not really stop me from pursuing my dreams. As Walt Disney said: “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them”. My dream is to leave my mark in this town, a positive one, to feel like I made a difference.

 

 

 

 

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Behind the Western Wall: Palestine in 2 weeks.

So I am finally back from vacation..I am not going to lie, it feels so damn good to be sleeping in my bed after a 6 week hiatus. I love traveling because it is the best way to enrich the soul with culture, heritage and history. I love meeting new people, seeing new places and learning new things. Although I had gone to Jordan quite a few times this past few years, I always seem to discover something new. I was also able to pass through Palestine and this was magical. I got to spend time in my ancestors’ country. I spend 2 wonderful weeks there where I got to explore the deepest parts of Nablus, Nazareth, Jaffa and more….In this blog, I will be sharing with you some of Palestine’s highlights. I wish I could have had more pictures..but I was so immersed with my family, that I just kept forgetting to take snaps.

I was super blessed and luck to visit the following cities in Palestine: Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Jericho, Ramallah, Nablus, Nazareth, Haifa and Jerusalem.

Palestine is basically the most important country in the world…I guess this is war never ends. It is the home of religion and history. The home to Jesus, Prophet Mohammed, the home to Christianity, Judaism, Islam…the beginning and the end of human life. Palestine is where we find the oldest city in the world…a city that was there for a little more than 10 000 year…which is quite fascinating for history buffs. It is also the hottest city in the world…gosh!!! so freaking hot because it has the lowest altitude…humidity level…1000000. I like almost died…but I gotta admit that when there’s a breeze at nighttime; it’s lovely. Oh and also, you’ll find the Dead Sea…the saltiest sea in the world…they call it dead sea because there aren’t any living creatures to be found in it.

Jerusalem of course is an important city for all 3 abrahamic religions. It is the home to faith, belief and conviction. The city is always full of devoted pilgrims that come from all over the world and gather to pray and find peace. I love it so much because it feels familiar and warming. I was able to visit the Church of Resurrection, the place where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified and resurrected. I also visited a Roman Church where I learned so much about Russian Orthodox Tradition. I got to explore the old street of Jerusalem and bought so many souvenirs from the old souks. Something I was excited to see live was the Wailing Wall, a wall  where  Jews practice their faith; weeping at the site over the destruction of the Temples. Jerusalem is a must see city and if you ever think of traveling somewhere holy and full of rich history, then you need to put this on your bucket list.

Tel-Aviv, Jaffa and Haifa have beautiful beaches because they border the Mediterranean coast. There are many beautiful sites to see, places to visit and souvenir shops to rampage. So many cool places on the waterfront promenades..just magical. The smell of the cities when you near the ocean..is just inexplicable. It smells like salt, sand, seashells and summer air. It’s a sight to see. I could totes live there. I could totes wake up every morning and just swim in the ocean <3

Nablus is a little meh, although downtown Nablus is amazing, I didn’t quite enjoy it as much…I felt like it was a little boring. There wasn’t much to do except shop and eat (which is totally fine…but I would have wanted more sightseeing).

Ramallah is a beautiful city that kinda reminds me of Montreal. There are plenty of people and plenty of cars. There are loads of important government offices and companies. There are loads of beautiful condos and yummy restaurants. A great place to party at..I went to a graduation party there once and man!! Danced till I couldn’t anymore!

All in all, you get to see a bit of the Byzantine empire, a little bit of the Ottoman empire, a little of Palestine culture, a lot of Israeli touches, loads of Christian symbols and a whole lotta love. What’s wonderful about this country is that you see everything you need to see.

Enjoy the photos…here y’all go:

 

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Hope you guys enjoyed the pictures…I truly wish I had more photos…but I was too busy falling in love with everything.

Cheers xx