Journal by Assia


22 September 2017

Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa - Book Review

 Mornings in Jenin is a deep and heartbreaking novel that I can only compare to Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner. It's a historical novel and the story of a fictional (but real) family, which means I couldn't help but love it. From the first page, it's full of suspense and that's why I loved it from beginning to end.

20 September 2017

Ramallah, the Hills of Battir and the Mediterranean Coast

Last but not least, here is my final post on Palestine! I've struggled to make some time for this but here I am, writing about the new places I discovered this year. I'd actually never been to either Ramallah or Herzilya Beach but apparently I have been in Battir, although I don't remember it since I was probably too young for that. I liked to see how in both Ramallah and Battir you could spot some of the typical Palestinian hills, which you can't always see from other cities like Jerusalem or Bethlehem.

11 September 2017

East Jerusalem - El Aqsa Mosque and the Holy Sepulchre

Every time I come to Palestine, I visit East Jerusalem once or twice by walking through the souk and the old city centre. However, this time my uncle and aunt brought my mum and I on an alternative route, walking on the city walls and hence looking at the city from the top. My uncle is a very good tour guide, plus the different route allowed us to learn a lot about the buildings surrounding the main city gates. We also went to the standard places, including the Al Aqsa mosque, the church of the Holy Sepulchre and the souk (marketplace).

8 September 2017

The Old City, Star Street and Banksy's Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, Palestine

Three weeks ago I travelled with my mum to visit the Palestinian side of my family. Although most of the holiday was devoted to catching up with my aunts, uncles and cousins, I made sure to document the cities I visited in order to share the journey on the blog. For most of the time, I stayed in Bethlehem where the largest part of my family lives. Bethlehem is a small city and a very popular one among tourists who come to Palestine, mainly because of the Nativity Church and more recently because of Banksy's Walled Off Hotel onto the Israeli wall. I took these pictures in the old city centre, mainly around Manger Square and Star street both of which I love for their history and atmosphere. 

16 August 2017

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin - Book Review

This summer I've been going through a massive reading slump but I'm currently managing to look at a few books. Alongside Tolle's spiritual book, I got myself two books: a fun one, The Happiness Project, and a novel, Songs of Willow Frost by James Ford, although in the end I brought another book with me to Palestine. It took me a while to get into this one as it's quite personal and a sort of diary, which I wasn't expecting. Slowly though (especially during my epic wait at Sofia airport), I learnt to appreciate it and made more time for it.

14 August 2017

Black Sea Towns: Sunny Beach & Sozopol

After the day trips to Nesebar and Burgas, I ventured to other small Black Sea towns. On one hand, Sozopol was very much like Nesebar but smaller and with fewer shops. On the other, Sunny Beach was completely different and very much like an open air resort full of touristy shops and swimming pools.

10 August 2017

Black Sea Towns: Burgas & Nesebar

After my crazy 24 hours in Sofia, I left to Burgas on a smaller Bulgaria Air plane that travelled for only fifty minutes but with lots of turbulences. The weather wasn't great but after the first two days it got very hot and sticky, catching up with the weather I'd left back home.