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270. Chester – A walled city

I’m leaving for Mauritius in a few hours, but like all the past times I’ve travelled, sleep the night before is tricky. So here I am, bringing some form of closure to my short story in Chester. One of the most unusual landmarks in Chester is the city walls, with the walls encircling the bounds…

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269. Chester – Roman Remains

Im supposed to be packing for Mauritius now, but the pull to write more about Chester is irresistible! Hey, why not, since I’ve gotten my mojo back, right? So let me continue my story in Chester. What I vividly recall about Chester, apart from its black-and-white architecture, is the strong presence of Roman history. If…

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268. Shahadah.

“I testify that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” Yesterday I had the blessed opportunity to witness my first ever reversion ceremony. I didn’t know what to expect for the experience, despite having quite a handful of beautiful reverts as my dearest friends. To say that it was…

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267. Chester – An introduction.

So often, we question when things don’t go our way. We fret, we throw tantrums, we dwell in misery. Ah but yet. The wisdom in the matter is this: everything happens for a reason. We just have to do our duty, do what’s right, then leave everything to God. I’m supposed to be in Bangkok…

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266. Soaking up the sun.

“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the…

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264. Home.

What is Home? It’s a concept that I’ve grappled with for very long. Where is home? I have a fluid notion of it – Home is wherever I choose to make it. It makes it easier for me to adapt and settle into a new place. Maybe that’s why travel seems like second nature to…

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263. For the love of food

“My weaknesses have always been food and men—in that order.” —Dolly Parton Truth. On my backpacking trips, I usually scrimp on actual meals and splurge on desserts. Ice-cream, waffles, gelatos, roadside pancakes loaded with nutella and banana… You name it. It’s easier when I stay at backpackers that offer free breakfast as part of the deal…