Why we could use another week of Ramadan

We could use another week

This is now the 6th Ramadan we’re experiencing in this region. Each Ramadan has taught us something new about a different religion and culture. Still, we hold up our “live and let live” view and we won’t get involved in religion. Where many leave the city during this time, we were here and we’ll miss it. In fact, we could another week. Why?

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What to give as a wedding present

What to give as a wedding present

Great ideas for a wedding present

Hello, wedding season! April is generally the start of the wedding season in the Western world and invitations keep flowing in. In fact, this weekend, one of our friends tied the know and she looked stunning. The couple were so looking forward to spending their special day with friends and family. What a beautiful day it had been!

With every wedding invitation also comes a bunch of other questions. What to wear? Will we stay longer and make it a (mini) break? Or what shall we give as a present?

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Beat jetlag this summer

Beat jetlag this summer

The last few nights have been a bit shorter than usual. No, it’s not because of a busy social life. Jetlag finally kicked in again. Earlier this month, I attended a wedding half-way around the world and it was a great time. Seeing friends and family again, catching up with ex-colleagues, enjoying blue skies. It was a wonderful trip. The 9 hour time difference also meant that my normal day was turned upside down. Are you travelling long-distance this summer, too? Benefit from our trips to reduce the impact jetlag will have on you and your trip.

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Join our Reflection Challenge this Ramadan

Reflection during Ramadan

Make time for some reflection this Ramadan

Today’s the first day of Ramadan. My Muslim friends will fast during day and only eat and drink after sunset. If you’ve ever been to this region, you may wonder how they can bring such a sacrifice when it’s easily 36 C/96 F outside. For me, eating only at lunchtime can be difficult and I couldn’t imagine what fasting for a month feels like. My Muslim friends have explained to me, however, that Ramadan is not about food and drink. It’s also about reflection.

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