Goodbye a Not so Happy Year

It has been around eight months since I’ve lost my mother, a day that I doubt I will ever forget. In the heat of the moment everything happened so fast, from her death, to doing the paperwork, the funeral and the days that follow. To me it seemed like I was simply going through a nightmare, not accepting the truth of the matter. To me my mom was still alive but just hospitalized, a thought which sometimes helps ease my pain even today.…

Goodbye Brazil… Hello Home

Today is my last day in Fortaleza, Brazil. Although I have not done much tourism wise (not exactly a tourist after all), I have enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of this great country. The past month and a half I met family and friends that I haven't seen for a couple of years, experienced rain that I have never ever seen in my life, enjoyed great food and simply relaxed.…

A Visit to the Dentist

Today, dentists are probably one of the most frequented doctors around. Whether it is for routine cleaning or an emergency (like breaking your tooth, or teeth), the dentist is there to assist.

Personally, I hate dentists. Note that I hate them as a profession, as people they are great (in fact there are a few dentists in the family). Why do I hate them? Not really sure, it must have been something that happened when I was a kid.…

When Weathers Collide

Here I am in Brazil (Fortaleza to be exact) and it seems like the week will be hot with lots of rain:

Then I compare the weather here with Bahrain's:

I wish the cooler weather was here, the rain is OK, but not the heat! Fingers crossed for some cooler weather next week, otherwise it will be mostly indoors for me… At least I've got Internet!

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First Day in Brazil

It's been a couple of days since I've finally arrived in Brazil. After crossing an ocean (the Atlantic) the plane approached Fortaleza, clouds here and there and a warm but comfortable 26 degrees Celsius warmed the air. The landing is one of my favorites, nothing like the landings in airports such as Heathrow where the plane sometimes gets set on a holding pattern.

It is also great to see the family waiting for you as you leave the arrivals door, the ones I haven't seen for almost 2 years.…

Brazil, I’m Coming!

The time has come, I am heading off to Brazil for a month and a half of relaxation. I can't wait to see the other side of my family and friends. Not to mention the beaches, food and basically everything that makes Brazil what it is! Great thing is that the plane flies straight to my city of Fortaleza :-)! Posts from there coming once I get online ;-). A little something from there:

A New Chapter Begins!

Just a couple of hours ago I bid farewell to my last class. It has been a long and somewhat tiring number of years. I slacked the first couple of years, but I partly blame that on the registration system we used to have (imagine everyone registering for classes in ONE day!). Then came the courses which were only offered during the summer, which I skipped in order to visit Brazil.…