My home country celebrated its "independence" on Monday and my naturalized country celebrated its independence yesterday. I heard fireworks - thankfully for not too long, as they were later drowned out by the humming of the ceiling fan and the overwhelming power of drowsiness - but I did not see any. Thankfully again, neither I … Continue reading A week of independence
I just* got home from a 3-day trip to Austin, Texas to attend and present at an academic conference. This was my first time in Texas. This was my first time attending and presenting at an academic conference. This was also my first real solo trip, i.e. not visiting family or a friend. I had … Continue reading “Can we say that shoes from Texas are dumb?” My trip to Austin in bullet points.
One of the most beautiful things in life is proving -- not others -- but yourself wrong. I guess you could say I've done this before, in tiny spurts, but something feels different now. Are these the post-Hajj blessings? Perhaps. It's not in spiritual matters, so I can't know for sure. Although, that doesn't mean … Continue reading Becoming whom I never thought I could be
It's a nice feeling you have when something you were so worried about ended up turning out just fine. But the opposite is also true. Except the resulting feeling can sometimes last forever, if you let it. When things you had put a lot of hope in ended up not going the way you wanted … Continue reading Recreating the past