Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde sans the evil streak …a woman of many contradictions

My sister once said to me, you are like Lebanon 🇱🇧 the country of contradictions…

You are devout and a party animal… you endeavor to practice your 5 daily prayers and more, the beautiful voice of one specific muezzin makes you stop everything to listen to his beautiful call for prayer, but again certain songs can pull you to the dance floor with shameless abandon💃…

Your friends? social butterflies😎 and literati 🤓You are equally pleased in the company of the younger in their 30s as well as the older with experience in their 80s.

What else? I love a good 🏋️‍♀️ as much as I love farniente..I enjoy living in the fast lane, enjoy the adrenaline that helps me cope with a hectic lifestyle but equally enjoy a relaxing morning just catching up on the world or reading a catching book, staying home and not having any planned outings…

In the morning☀️ I look forward to the peace and quiet of the night 🌙 and the rituals preceding the “ machine switch off” 📖 while at night I look forward to the morning “waking up process” and its routine – a warm 🚿 and ☕️ in the garden listening to the chirping 🐦

These contradictions must be explained by the following: my yin and yang DNA is probably the “joint account “ of 2 extremely different ancestors 🤔

Knowing this, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I enjoy the luxury of 5* hotels as much as I enjoyed the overnight homestay in Amantani Island, Lake Titicaca in Peru 🇵🇪, the shared sleeping accommodation – we were 12 – of a wooden boat during a Mekong cruise in Vietnam 🇻🇳, the rudimentary comfort of a traditional yurt in Uzbekistan 🇺🇿, and camping in Bhutan 🇧🇹 under torrential rain 🌧 i.e. muddy terrain 🤷🏻‍♀️

Anyone like me?

1️⃣Four Seasons Hotel – Anahita, Mauritius 🇲🇺 2014

2️⃣ Le Negresco Hotel – Nice, France 🇫🇷 2014

3️⃣ Lake Palace Hotel – Udaipur, India 🇮🇳 1998

4️⃣ Riads – Marrakech and Fès, Morocco 🇲🇦 2016

5️⃣ Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort – Inlay Lake, Myanmar 🇲🇲 2005

6️⃣Beach bungalow Hotel Vanille – Manakara, Madagascar 🇲🇬 2009

7️⃣ Local’s casa- Amantani Island, Peru 🇵🇪 2011

8️⃣ Wooden boat – Mekong, Vietnam 🇻🇳 2001

9️⃣ Nurata Yurt Campsite, Uzbekistan 🇺🇿 2008

🔟 Campsites between Paro and Thimphu, Bhutan 🇧🇹 2016

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A Paradise Next Door

A paradise close to home…the closest it can ever be…No need for ✈️ , 🚢 or 🚂

Distance : 8.3 km from 🏡

Time :15 minutes by 🚙

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My favourite holiday

My favourite holiday is without doubt the UAE National Day…there is something about it, you can’t miss it, you feel it, it’s in the air everywhere.

It falls on the 2nd of December, but as early as November, we start to see flags everywhere, on almost every single government building, hotel or house as both UAE nationals and expatriates celebrate it with the same excitement. I’s really heartwarming to see all these people that have converged from more than 200 countries united in happiness and pride!

And it’s definitely not a case of “happiness is contagious”: the UAE represents for all the expats a home away from home, the land of opportunities where everyone can find his own bliss: political stability, amenities, facilities, wealth, sunshine ( forget the scorching summers), luxurious, affordable or just a comfortable lifestyle. I feel fortunate to be among those handful 10 million – out of almost 7 billion – living in the right place at the right time …in the Eldorado of the modern times as I like to call it☺️

Yes, I love the spirit, and look forward to it every year 🇦🇪🇦🇪🇦🇪

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Dressing up

Dressing like the locals gives you a feel of the place, whether for:
-a photoshoot: India, China, Peru and Japan
-modeling the outfit for your travel companions: Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Guatemala
-going out for dinner: Cambodia
-dressing up as an empress for dinner in a “palace turned restaurant”: Vietnam,
Or for the whole stay: Iran.

India 🇮🇳 98
China 🇨🇳 2011 & 2012
Peru 🇵🇪 2011
Japan 🇯🇵 2015
Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 2004
Uzbekistan 🇺🇿 2007
Guatemala 🇬🇹 2015
Cambodia 🇰🇭 2003
Vietnam 🇻🇳 2001
Iran 🇮🇷 2001 & 2003

 

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Come on baby light my fire 🌋

1. 2018, Costa Rica, Rincon de la Vieja -1,916m. It has 9 craters and a large number of fumaroles and hot springs on its slopes. The name means “ The Old Woman’s Corner”, a reference to a local legend about a girl whose lover was thrown into the crater by her father. She became a recluse living on the mountain, and was credited with powers of healing.

2. 2018, Costa Rica, Arenal -1,670m. This conic volcano has a crater 140 m in diameter. We made it in time for the sunset 🌅 👌

3. 2017, Hawaï, Big Island, Kilauea-1,247m.We were lucky it was active. The hotel concierge advised us to take our chances and head there instead of calling the monitoring center to inquire about the volcano’s activity because that may be misleading as by the time we reach there the eruption might be over. Later on, we followed some other tourists’ recommendation and biked, then hiked in a pitch black night to observe the incandescent lava flowing into the ocean…😲

4. 2017 Hawaï, Maui, Haleakala crater- 3045m. This massive shield volcano forms more than 75% of the island. The western 25% is formed by another volcano.

5. 2015 Guatemala, lake Atitlan’s famous trio San Pedro’s-3,020m-, Atitlan-3,535m-,& Toliman -3,158m.

6. 2015, Guatemala, Antigua, Agua– 3,760m. This almost perfect cone is covered with a thick vegetation like many other volcanoes in Guatemala. On the right side, the volcano Fuego (3,763) is constantly spewing small ash clouds- last major eruption was in 1974.

7. 2015 Japan Honshu Mount Fuji– 3,776m. This iconic conic snow-topped volcano is the highest mountain in Japan, and a World Heritage site since 2013. Majestic despite the works beneath 🤷🏻‍♀️

8. 2010, Indonesia, Bali, Mount Batur – 1,717m- is an active Volcano. We left the hotel at 3:00 am; after around 2 hours hike we reached the caldera and along with another friend, I resumed the last leg up to the peak- another half hour. From our promontory we watched silently the sunrise bringing life to the still life around us.

9. 2008, New Zealand, Auckland, Mount Eden-196m. This dormant volcanic cone overlooks Auckland and offers one of the best views of the city.

10. 1985, Canary Islands, Tenerife, Mount Teide – 3,718m. According to hubby the honeymoon turned out to be more like a boot camp…day tours and night shows: barely few hours sleep🤷🏻‍♀️🙈😂

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In the Realm of the Senses

Without a single doubt, the family holiday in Morocco was rightfully the journey of many discoveries, the journey of new experiences. Thus, when this extraordinary adventure is mentioned, understandably it is Nostalgia Time ❤️.
First of all, throughout the whole visit, I felt a strong pull, an urge to go again, even to stay there…I was so infatuated by this true “Realm of the Senses” that I expressed my wish to retire in this vibrant, colourful, magical, sensual country…and that comment triggered the condescending hilarity of my two daughters: “mom you don’t work so what’s this retirement statement you just came up with😂?!” Yes, I admit I don’t have a day job but we live in a country where expats consist of around 80% of the population: retirement and relocating are two key words always brought on the table 😌🤷🏻‍♀️

Secondly, the warmth of its people… “Once upon a time” in Marrakech we went to a cafe and there was no empty table to accommodate our crew of 7. While the hubby, daughters and son-in-law were crammed – children on laps – on the only available one, I invited myself on the vacant chair on the neighbours’ table. Super friendly, they welcomed me and skipped a crucial detail : “my” seat overlooking the Jemaa el-Fna Square belonged to someone … “Someone” made her way back from the ladies’ room while the waiter was ushering us to our now ready table on the other side of my new friends’. Despite the astonishment of my family, the “neighbours” refused to let me go, an extra chair was quickly added for “Someone ” and I was happy to oblige the 2 hospitable Moroccan couples: the older one live in Marrakech and by chance, met today the younger couple visiting from France. Yes, we exchanged phone numbers because they too wanted the photo souvenir of this lovely interlude where we cannot fail to notice hubby, daughters and son-in-law succeeding in their efforts to be in the picture despite their initial reluctance to let me overstay with the neighbours du jour.

Lastly: we were introduced to a few Moroccan specials, all starting with the letter H… While I ❤️ the Harira soup and the Hamam, I found one H quite overrated..I mean the Harissa of course😉Well, I shouldn’t be writing about the “other” 🤫🤭..

I can finally explain my infatuation with the place : DNA! lately it came to my knowledge that according to a recent research – which corroborated previous psychologists’ theories, most famously Carl Jung – genetic memories may be passed down through generations via DNA and that may be the underlying cause of irrational phobia : mice passed on learned information about stressful experiences to subsequent generations as related to an ancestor’s.
Eureka 💡! In my humble opinion, the result of the study should also apply for happy experiences 🤷🏻‍♀️🤔😉I’ve always known my family lineage traced back to Morocco (but that never occurred to me during the whole stay ). Thus this study clearly justifies the spell I fell under throughout the entire sojourn 🤔😍☺️😊
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From Place to Place

From place to place
Beauty standards change
Black, gold or white
A smile is a smile
Tattooed, toothless or carmine
It makes young and old shine
😄😄😄😄😄

Vietnam 🇻🇳 2001 Applying black lacquer on the teeth of young coming-of-age women was a very popular rite of passage.
Uzbekistan 🇺🇿 2007 Gold teeth are a traditional status symbol.
Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 2004
Myanmar 🇲🇲 2005
Laos 🇱🇦 2007
Madagascar 🇲🇬 2009
Peru 🇵🇪 2011
Guatemala 🇬🇹 2013
Thailand 🇹🇭 2007
Bhutan 🇧🇹 2016 Carmine or brown red teeth colour are a side effect of chewing betel nut, a very commun practice in SE Asia.
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