2 Roman ruins I visited in Hashemite Kingdom, Amman

2 Roman ruins I visited in Hashemite Kingdom, Amman

Expectation The numerous Roman ruin sites (pleasantly) surprised me, didn’t know there would be so many. I didn’t expect women to be seen in public areas. I thought Arab women don’t work in Jordan. And on my first day here, I was afraid to step out of the hostel to explore the downtown streets alone. Alhamdulillah, I met an American lady in my hostel room and she showed me around downtown Amman the whole day! Me: Is it safe for women to walk alone here? American doctor: Yes! of course….

1 aspect of Palestinian life I missed in Ramallah: Food

1 aspect of Palestinian life I missed in Ramallah: Food

Expectation I had no idea what this place was going to be like. I went to Ramallah as part of a one day tour to the West Bank from Jerusalem. The tour was organised by the hostel, which was convenient. Since it was a tour, I expected to know about it via the tour guide. The Journey At the hostel lobby Immediately after coming back from Fajr prayer at Al Aqsa, I showered and prepared for the day’s events. I slept well the night before but my right feet was sore from…

More than just a business district: Tel Aviv

More than just a business district: Tel Aviv

Expectation This was a business trip that I couldn’t get out of. I’m a Muslim woman donning a hijab about to enter a Jew majority country, what was my first thought? I was terrified! Customs Heard horror stories of muslims being held at the customs for up to six hours, men mostly. And I’ve heard of some who were told to “come back again tomorrow”. I’ve heard of the stringent questioning at the customs. Some of my friends and colleagues who’ve been to Israel told me they were asked these…