Showing posts from August, 2006
Mosque in Benashur, Tripoli, Libya


This was sent to me by Flying Birds, it sounded interesting so I thought I would answer it.

Are you satisfied with the form and content of your blog?
I'm always playing about with my template and adding new things and ideas. Sometimes I get the urge to completely scrap my template and start fresh - but so far I've resisted the urge because I have too much to do and not enough time!

Does your family know about your blog? I started my blog for my family, as a way to keep them up with all my news and happenings. It's evolved into something more. I have considered creating a new and secret blog, anonymously writing all the things I share with few or no one, but I haven't done that... yet.

Do you find it embarrassing to tell a friend about your blog? Do you consider it a private matter? No, I'm actually proud of the work that I've put into my blog, and my website.

Did the blogs lead to a positive change in your ideas? I'm pretty set in my ways and ideas. Not everybo…

PhotoFriday - Circle

I haven't done a PhotoFriday in ages... this week the theme is 'Circle' - here's my entry.
Adam's been living it up, swimming in my sister's pool, eating tons of junk food, going to the beach, shopping at the mall and going to movies. The funny thing is that since he's been in America, we've spent more time together. Just how is that possible? Internet of course - we talk more now than we did before. When he is here he's just complaining about not having any clean socks or how awful the my cooking is, but now he tells me what he's up to and what he's planning to do later. He also mentioned that he's doing his own laundry - Yeah! That means I don't have to ever look at his dirty socks again! Ha! Next time I hear from Adam he'll be asking me to remove his picture... hehehe.

1st message

I've added Odeo to my sidebar and my sister sent me a voice message. So nifty! Actually, I only posted my sister's message as a test. I'm trying to figure out the whole podcasting thing. I'm not going to post any of the messages I recieve, but I might post some of my own podcasts in the future or use podcasting on my school's blog. What would life be like if I didn't have technology to play with? Ahhh! I love it!

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Highly recommended!

What better way to change your mood than getting a haircut? Yesterday I went to my good friend Sheila and had the works, and today all three of my girls spent the morning at Sheila's getting beautified too.

Time with Sheila is time well spent. I always have a nice time. Chatting, listening to music and the end result is always soooo nice. This morning we stopped at the bakery on the way and picked up an assortment of pasteries, then stopped at the supermarket to get some juice and coffee. When we arrived at Sheila's I went to the kitchen and got our breakfast ready while Sheila set in to look at what the girls wanted done with their hair. We all ate while Sheila performed her magic. The music was fun! Jenna was dancing and Sheila was cutting hair and dancing. We laughed and joked. It was the best breakfast I've had in ages.

We are drop-dead georgous now! It was a wonderful way to lift our sagging summertime spirits. The only drawback will be getting the girls to do any chor…

At long last!

Someone has found the answer to the fifth 'Where is this?' challenge. Check out the post to see who the winner is and to find out more about the location.

Another Clue

So far no one's been able to answer the  fifth 'Where is this?' challenge. So I'm giving you another clue. Check the comments for the 'Where is this? - #5 post for the clue.

Good luck!

A downright ugly mood

A day off from work and hot weather. No one wanted to do anything but sit and stare at the TV. Well, I was fed up with sitting there while everyone wasted their day. Since I don't watch TV the whole idea of spending a day staring at it just doesn't make any sense what so ever to me.

I made the suggestion that we, meaning Mustafa and I, take a drive. 'It's hot.' whined Mustafa. 'The car has air conditioning and I can make a CD of music to listen to especially for the drive today.' I said while standing in front of the TV, blocking the Aljazeerah/Manar view. Mustafa, a bit reluctantly, agreed to go for a drive.

I know that it takes him forever and a day to get ready to go anywhere, which is something I could never understand. If I decide to go out I can be ready in all of five or ten minutes (this includes getting ready for a party). Why does it take him so long??? While he fiddled around I made a CD of music to listen to in the car. I finished the CD and turne…

Tripoli Lighthouse

Recently I posted a picture of the lighthouse in Al Khoms. It was for the fourth 'Where is this?' challenge. My sister Holly was the winner of that contest and she won, not because she had been to Libya and seen the lighthouse, but because she's fantastic at Googling and found Russ Rowlet's website The Lighthouse Directory. Holly contacted Russ and within minutes he had the answer. He's never seen the lighthouse either. He only had a written description of it.

Russ is a faculty member at the University of North Carolina and certified lighthouse nut (his own words) and he's got a whole page on his site about Libyan lighthouses. Almost no photos are available of Libyan lighthouses and Russ was thrilled to be able to use the picture I took of the Al Khoms light. Today I took some pictures of the Tripoli light and sent them to him to add to his collection.

The views from the top must be fantastic. It's not known when the lighthouse was built but the station was …

Tripoli weather... simply miserable!

The weather here lately has been just awful; hot, sticky and humid. It's typical weather for this time of year and makes everyone feel miserable. No one wants to do anything except sit inside next to the air conditioner. Even with the ac on full blast it still feels hot.

Usually this time of year we try not to even open the shutters, keeping as much of the heat outside as possible. How I wish we had double-glazed windows and insulation! Yesterday I opened the shutters in the living room to let in a bit of light as it seemed so gloomy inside and I was surprised with the sight of the cactus in full bloom on my windowsill. Everyone is wilting in the heat but the cactus never looked better!

So far no one has got the correct answer to 'Where is this? # 5'. I'm really surprised because I'm sure at least some of the readers probably walk right past this all the time! Keep guessing.

Where is this? - #5

Another picture for the 'Where is this?' challenge. If you think you know where it is (or you want to guess) click on comments.

The pictures for the game 'Where is this?' have all been taken from someplace in Libya and are in an area open to the public. The prize for the winner will be the satisfaction of knowing that you had the right answer! - I'll let you know who the winner is.


Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, the answer! Who's the winner? Drum roll please........

Aladdin of Tripoli!

He guessed the Academy of Graduate Studies which is located in Janzour. I was so surprised that it took so long to find the answer because some of the people who read my blog actually work there. I'm sure they walk right past the iron work all the time.

The picture is a close up of iron work that surrounds a stained glass panel and is located next to a stairway in the entrance area in one of the main buildings.

I took the picture of the i…

Safe arrival

Adam's arrived in Chicago and he's surprised his grandmother!

My mother had gone to Chicago - the windy city, to visit my uncle and his family and she was really disapointed that Adam would be arriving in Florida while she was 'up north'. But what she didn't know was that we booked Adam's ticket through to Chicago so he could meet the family there and surprise her. They will fly down to Florida in a few days. In the meantime he'll get a chance to see the city where I spent the first 12 years of my life.

Uncle Ed and cousins will take him to the Knights of Columbus annual summer picnic. I hope they're all decked out in their costumes - and I hope he gets pictures. My cousin's daughters are going to take him on the train downtown for a sightseeing and shopping trip. I don't know what else they've got planned. I haven't spoken to Adam yet, I heard this info from my sister. Hopefully I will talk to him on the phone tonight.

I finally heard fro…

Where's Adam?

Oh where, oh where has my little boy gone?
Oh where, oh where can he be?
Is he in the airport? Has he been waiting long?
Oh where, oh where can he be?

Adam called his aunt and said he'd arrived in New York. He's on his next flight soon. He said he was OK and had no problems getting through immigration and customs. . . Just a little bit more and I know he'll be safe and sound, and then I will be able to relax.
Somedays I am completely backwards. . . click on the image above and see for yourself.

And he's off....

Adam is off to America. He got his ticket last week and I bought him a big backpack and a suitcase and packed him up. We got the ticket before all the hulabaloo began in Heathrow with the terrorist scare. So we repacked everything and took out anything not allowed. He'll just have to get shampoo, toothpaste, etc when he finally arrives. I had been hoping to go with him but seeing as though I have no valid passport, he's gone off alone.

So now my oldest child who only just 17 is somewhere on his way to visit his family in America. First time he's ever travelled alone. . .this is going to be a big adventure! Pray that he arrives safely, please.

Summertime is Hindi-time

Summertime is time for eating cactus fruit , called hindi in Libya.

In rural areas cactus is often used as a hedge or fence. Collecting the fruit, that are also known as barbary figs is a tricky business. Wearing a heavy pair of gloves is a good idea.

Once the fruit is picked and rinsed off, the skin is carefully removed by cutting the two ends with a sharp knife and making a slit along the side. Then the skin is peeled away from the fruit. The fruit itself is not really impressive. It's somewhat sweet and full of small hard seeds that are swallowed whole along with the pulpy fruit. Unfortunately the kids ate them all before I could take a picture of the fruit once it had been skinned.

Ibrahim had a nice time at the farm today. He's wearing his new hat.

Jenna climbed up the ladder to check on the progress of the house. It's going way too slow (in my opinion) and I've gotten very discouraged about the whole process. It seems as if we've been building the house forever. …

A US embassy in Libya???

Do we really have a US embassy in Libya? No, I think it's just a farce. They offer hardly any services and give nothing but excuses as to how their hands are tied because they are still located in the wonderful five star hotel (The Corinthia).

I put in for a passport renewal about two months ago. At that time they said it would take about three weeks. They can't issue me a passport here because they aren't in a secure location. The paperwork must go from here to Tunis, to the US - then it's sent back to Tunis before it get's sent here. I mean come on! What is the problem with going directly from Tripoli to the US? Save some time and skip the whole Tunis thing? For sure people must be travelling back and forth between here and the US all the time.

I'm still waiting.

Now my passport is expired and I hope and pray that I have no emergencies. But I need my passport for other things too, it's used as a form of ID and I need it to put the number on legal documents.…

Where is this? - #4

Another picture for the 'Where is this?' challenge. If you think you know where it is (or you want to guess) click on comments.

The pictures for the game 'Where is this?' have all been taken from someplace in Libya and are in an area open to the public. The prize for the winner will be the satisfaction of knowing that you had the right answer! - I'll let you know who the winner is.


The winner is Holly! Someone who's never even set foot in Libya! - shame on you Tajourans. . . it's obvious that you have never gotten in the car and driven down to look at the Tajoura lighthouse which is completely different - I'll have to post some pictures of it another time.

This particular lighthouse is in Al Khoms, which is located about an hours drive east of Tripoli. Al Khoms is most famous for being the city were the ancient Roman city Leptis Magna is located. This is a big stop over for the majority of tourists coming to Libya.

Last y…

How have mobile phones changed the lives of Libyans?

I was reading the news today and came across an article in the Yemen Observer about mobile phone subscriptions. It mentioned that Libya had the highest increase in mobile phone subscriptions in the Arab world in 2005. The report didn't state any figures but I am not surprised by these findings.

Nearly every adult in Libya owns a mobile phone and many have more than one. Nowadays, especially in urban areas, it is common to see small children with mobile phones. Phone shops have opened up and business is booming, with customers buying cellulars and all the accessories that go along with them.

Some reasons why the phones may be so popular is that obtaining a land line is often extremely difficult. In the past it wasn't unusual for someone to register for phone service and have to wait years for it. In some areas this is still the case. And then there was always the problem of having discrepencies with the phone bill itself, with many people finding themselves charged erroneously f…

A portrait of me?

I found a site that creates computer generated portraits based on a questionairre. This was what Ryan Terry's Portrait Machine did for me. Hmmmm.... I can see were it might represent me.. kind of messy and disorganized - but somewhat balanced. Give it a try yourself.

Is it safe to drive in Libya?

I've only been driving here in Libya for the past few months. In the beginning I was afraid, but I've gotten over the initial fear and I'm getting pretty good at it. Actually, being a passenger is probably worse than being the driver because as a passenger you have no control. Also, I've come to realise that my husband is an awful driver - not that he can't drive, he's good at it. His problem is that from the moment he gets behind the wheel of the car he becomes 'Mr. Road Rage'. That makes me nervous. I hate going anywhere with him driving, and if I'm driving he is yelling at other drivers and at me too!

I'm happy in the car. I get in and put on some music, put on the air conditioner and away I go. If some idiot with road rage wants to cut in front of me, I let them. If another idiot behind me wants to entertain the world with the music from his horn, I just turn up the volume on my CD player and let them honk away to their hearts content.

Big Dam…