Showing posts from January, 2013


The weather is starting to look better - just in time for the weekend. We've had quite a bit of rain this past week. One day as I was driving to work in the pouring rain a truck carrying a huge load of foam that's used for making cushions and traditional Libyan style furniture pulled out in front of my car. It's a gigantic sponge, soaking up all the rain! No doubt those big foam sponges are going to start smelling moldy because they will never dry out properly.

The weather report for the next few days says sunshine and clear skies. I've got plans to spend some time in the garden... soaking up the sun's rays.


We're finally getting winter rains in Libya. Along with the rains come floods and treacherous roads and driving. The potholes are getting bigger and new ones are forming. The best thing though is that the kids are still on school holiday this week and we can stay at home where it's nice a warm.

What a holiday!

We've been painting the inside of the house this week. The kids have a two week break from school so I decided to keep them busy. They're doing a wonderful job, nearly finished now. So far it looks great. 
Yesterday they took a day off. They cleaned up all the paint mess and invited some friends over to celebrate Miloud - a not very Islamic holiday that commemorates Prophet Mohamed's birthday. Libyans have lots of traditions for this day, none of which our family bother with. The big focus is FIREWORKS, which can be found being sold everywhere on roadside stands in the weeks leading up to Miloud. Along with fireworks being sold are Christmas trees (whatever for?), candles and gaudy crepe paper flower arrangements that have a five candle candelabra on top, torches made from rolled up newspaper dipped in wax, traditional Libyan drums and tambourines and cheap plastic toys made in China. 
In my opinion it's all just a huge waste of money and has nothing at all to do with…

Another story

Going along with the theme of posts I've made over the last three months, here is another story detailing the arrival in Libya of Amoola, an Irish girl married to a Libyan guy. Her blog, Life is a Whirlwind, is an interesting collection of her thoughts and adventures of her life in Libya. You can read her arrival story here: Arriving in Libya

Summing up 2012

Here we are at the beginning of a new year. I guess it's time for my annual recap of the last year's events. There weren't a lot of posts in 2012. Not because it wasn't a busy year, or because I was lazy, but because there were just so many things going on in parts of my life that I don't blog about (imagine that!) that I didn't always have time to write posts. Here's what was going on this past year:

January 2012

I started out the year with a visit to a private elementary school in Tripoli and was horrified at the behaviour of both the students and teachers, but at the same time I wasn't really that surprised. There were also the usual problems of traffic and winter weather to contend with. I also mentioned a story about how one of my husband's friend's wife had got some pretty interesting VIP medical treatment in Jordan - for free. Soon there were other stories on the internet and in the news about similar money making healthcare deals going on …