Morocco (quickly)

Quick note: I only had one day of rest before I went back to work after returning from Morocco. So this post and the photos are not what I had hoped. Hopefully, it will give you a quick overview. More to come! Casablanca: this city is the economic capital of Morocco. It is growing by leaps and bounds. Walking around the city was such a treat as some of the older buildings are Art Deco which gave this city a unique charm. The Hassan II Mosque was breathtaking. As the waves from the Atlantic pounded on the shore, this mosque,…

Camels are not sexy.

Camels are dependable, strong, tough animals. Apparently, they can go for up to two months without food or water. They carried me in and out of the Sahara without a single complaint. But sexy they are not. Look. It is mating season for camels right now. The camel handlers do um… neuter the animals (you don’t want to know how) but it doesn’t always take. So when the male camels are looking for a mate, they make this really odd, bubbling sound that can be heard for miles because well, it’s the desert. And there is a lot of spit…

Hello Satwa!

Recently, I took a free, 4-week online course called ‘The Power of Colour’ through FutureLearn. I absolutely loved it… loved it. I ended up buying two books: 5000 Years of Textiles (it might take me that long to read it – it’s a large book) and The Brilliant History of Colour in Art. This course just opened up a new world to me; incredibly fascinating in my mind. So when I heard that Dubai had a textiles district, apart from the Textiles Souk, I quickly urbered it over there. When I lived in China, there were two main places to buy fabric…

Moving On

As I was sitting in my ceramics studio last week, trying to make rose petals for my new art project, I realized that during the past few months just about everything in my life was up in the air. During the time from March until September, I had all of the below going on (in no particular order): Skin cancer (knock on wood, all clear) Heavy trauma to both knees after a huge fall down some stairs #clutzforlife Looking for a new job with frequent interviews, paperwork, forms, etc. Packing up an apartment I had lived in and loved for…

My Happy Place

I found my happy place. My friend told me about the Antique Museum in the Al Quoz district. So this morning I went and found a warehouse full of handicrafts from something like 27 different countries. Sri Lanka, Morocco, India, Vietnam, Tibet, Syria… just to name a few. It was remarkable and for me, complete heaven. I loved discovering something from different cultures on the various shelves, all packed together, waiting to be unearthed. One of the highlights was discovering the drawer knobs/handles that I had first found in India. Even the gentleman that was helping me said these were only from India,…

Glamorous

Dubai is glamorous. I am just going to start with this. Last week, I attended an opening of a photo exhibition which turned out to be several exhibition openings. The art was great but the people watching was so much better! Let’s just say there is no shortage of plastic surgeons in Dubai (#nojudgement). Again, some of the women look so glamorous but it just seems like a full time job to look that put together. #cannotallbeaschicasme. But I digress. I also took a weekend ceramics workshop. I know, do we really need another homemade clay bowl in the world?…

#neverbeencool

I find myself talking about Istanbul lately. When I first visited the city on the Bosphorus, I knew within the first millisecond that it was the place I wanted to live.  In my head I know I made the right decision to leave, my heart knows it too. But for four years, that was my home where both my head and heart were smiling. In Dubai, I still feel too new to make a decision one way or another. There are many elements that I truly enjoy. For instance, everything is incredibly convenient here. Incredibly. Also, there is a TON…

Welcome to Dubai

As my second week here in Dubai comes to a close, the two words that come to mind are #uncomfortable and #dazzled. Let me explain. #uncomfortable because my apartment does not feel like home yet. I can be a bit of a homebody as I love to recharge my batteries in the quiet and calm of my own space. However, it’s just not there, which I know is normal at this point in the journey, but still… #uncomfortable. #dazzled because I went out for the first time last night in what I consider downtown and saw the cityscape with the…

Emerald City Awaits

It is somewhat traumatic to start a new life in a new to a place, even with all of the creature comforts that I am afforded with my job. For me, the first week is the worst with many tears and unanswered frustrations. And it’s just lonely. Everyone and everything that you are familiar with is very, very far away. It’s rough. But then slowly, something starts to happen and stuff become a tad less frustrating and little by little, things become more familiar and more manageable. For instance, all I am going to say about my new apartment is…

Scratching the Surface

For the past four years, I was a California girl living in Istanbul. Come August when I fly off to my new destination, it will be difficult for me not to miss my beloved city by the water. So I thought it might be nice to put a small collection of some videos together as a tribute to my time in Istanbul. This compilation does not come close in demonstrating everything I experienced  or felt in this charming city, but if I thought too hard and spent too much time, I would never finish. Istanbul was an experience of a lifetime and as such,…