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23.10.06

A Stranger In the Night In the Streets of London

Big Ben, the house of parliament in London
Big Ben, the house of parliament in London
I thoguh that someone will be waiting for me to guide me in my first days in London, but it was only a small room that can hardly have a bed with few stuff, any way, the woman that hosted me was very kind, she told me everything I need to reach Wimbledon, the place where my school is supposed to be, and gave me an umbrella to use because I didn't have one and it was rainy. I took a train that is only three minutes far from my house on foot, the train takes around seven minutes to reach Wimbledon passing by Rayns Park.

It's night, and I was told that most of stores close early on Sunday, any way, I found some places to go, at least to eat in Burger King, there I wanted to ask if Woppor is made of beef, but it was not, the guy there didn't surprise that I don't want to eat ham, he asked me if I was Muslem, he said that he's Muslem too, I asked him if tomorrow is Eid, and it was, I had Chiken Royal in the end.

Now I'm in place that I no noone in, everyone is walking and I'm looking around, the city was nice, but I felt that I'm stranger in this place, I don't have a mobile SIM card, I don't know how to move and go to other places, from the faces of people I felt it would be very difficult to make friends here, I walked around, I walked till it was a quiet late, it wasn't very late, it was before midnight, but in this country when it's midnight it's too late, people are either at home, or in pubs. I had a cup of coffee in Star Bucks, I really like to go these places, I feel at home there, the same decoration, the same kinds of coffee is served there, the only difference is that you have more chance to choose the suitable kind of coffee that you want, because in Jordan's Star Bucks, there are many kinds that you can't manage which one you want, and in the end you choose any one without know exactly what it is, but here you'll have more opportunity to ask because they are assuming that you speak different language.

I wanted to buy Oyster card to use trains and buses, but when I wanted so, they asked me many questions that I was supposed to answer in order to get my request answered, in this country, whenever I want to ask for something, just one thing, they ask me ten questions, they merely cannot answer a question by an answer, they have to answer it by questions. Any way, I didn't actually know if I should use bus, train or underground to get to my school, I didn' even find it in Wimbledon, I asked people but they don't know it, I started getting worried, then Idecided to do it on the next day.

I'm stranger in the night, but at least I know now where to eat tomorrow and where to drink coffee.

I've Just Arrived to London

Royal Jordanian plane has just arrived to Heathrow airport, it was sudden, because before I could feel the plane landing I could see almost nothing of the city, not only because my seat was positioned next to the wing of the plane, nor because the Kurdish British passenger wanted to switsh seats, so he becomes closer to the window, but also because it was very cloudy in London's sky, it was very cloudy that I could see nothing until we crossed the clouds and became under them, then I discovered that it was rainy. "It's almost rainy everyday." Said the Kurdish British man sitting next to me, it wasn't new, because I've already heard of that.

Now we will get out of the plane and walk into that long thing beween the plane and the airport, at the end was a gentleman who checks our passports, I handed him my pasport, he had a look then gave it back to me and said "Thank you." he said it in a way the sounded to me like old kings of Great Britain. He didn't smile.

I did everything quiet quickly and had my passport and visa checked again, then I went to get my luggage. In the mean while, I wanted to go to toilet, I asked a man who was dressing like workers in the airport "Excuse me, I need to go to toilet." "Then, just go!" the worker man with white hair said, then I knew that this kind of sentences that I'm used to use are logically incorrect, and I should formulate them as questions, but I also knew that I have to be careful in communicating with people here.

That toilet is not bad, but it's not good as well, actually, I found all toilets in the city the same, although every thing was going on a particular great system, and everything was clean, toilets were not as clean as other things, and sometimes things might be broken. Any way, I used it then went out to find the school driver waiting for me.
Statue of elephant by Dali near Westminster in London
Statue of elephant by Dali near Westminster in London 

The old man, the driver, took me by a black Audi from the crowded Heathrow to Motspur Park southern of London, he started conversation, he talked even more than me, he was speaking so slowly, I found almost all people speaking a quiet slower than American people, I asked him if any mousques are in Motspur Park because I wanted to know if tomorrow is going to be Eid or the last day of Ramadan, "I think there's a mousque close to where you're living, but there's a mousque in Wimbledon. Any way, tomorrow is going to be Eid, so you can eat meat" said the driver, actually, Wimbledon is the place where I'll be studying English. He knew that I'm Muslem, he also knew about Ramadan, but he thought that we fast the same way the Christians do, but I was happy that tomorrow had been going to be Eid.

It took almost an hour to get to the place where I live, when we reached, I thought that someone will be waiting for me to guide me or give some instructions, but I was surprised the a black woman opens the door of the house after we tried many times to ring the belle, "It's a new student from Wimbldon Language Academy." said the driver, the woman wondered and replied "But they didn't tell me!" I asked her if she was Mrs. Niven, "Yes, any way, it's raining, I won't leave you in the rain, come in." said the woman after she corrected the prounounce of her name.

17.10.06

Love vs. Marriage

Corn
Corn
I received the following story by e-mail and I liked to share it with you.

A student asks a teacher: What is love?

The teacher said: in order to answer your question, go to the paddy field and choose the biggest paddy and come back.

But the rule is: you can go through them only once and cannot turn back to pick.

The student went to the field, going thru first row, he saw one big paddy, but he wonders....may be there is a bigger one later. Then he saw another bigger one... but may be there is an even bigger one waiting for him.

Later, when he finished more than half of the paddy field, he started to realize that the paddy is not as big as the previous one he saw, he know he has missed the biggest one, and he regretted. So, he ended up went back to the teacher with empty hand.

The teacher told him, this is love... you keep looking for a better one, but when later you realize, you have already miss the person

The student asked: What is marriage then?

The teacher said: In order to answer your question, go to the corn field and choose the biggest corn and come back.

But the rule is: you can go through them only once and cannot turn back to pick.

The student went to the corn field, this time he is careful not to repeat the previous mistake, when he reach the middle of the field, he has picked one medium corn that he feel satisfied, and came back to the teacher.

The teacher told him, this time you bring back a corn.... you look for one that is just nice, and you have faith and believe this is the best one you get.... this is marriage.

12.10.06

Quotes

In the middle of difficulty
lies opportunity

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
- Albert Einstein


"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts."
- William Shakespeare


"I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves."
- Ernesto Che Guevara


"There are six essentials in painting. The first is called spirit, the second rythm, the third thought, the fourth scenery, the fifth the brush, and the last is the ink."
- Ching Hao


"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."
- Bill Clinton


A painting by Vincent Van
Gogh for himself


"I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream."
- Vincent Van Gogh


"People do not lack strength, they lack will."
- Victor Hugo


"If the people don’t want to come out of the park, nobody’s going to stop them."
- Yogi Berra

2.10.06

The Pearl, amazing story by Gibran

Khalil Gibran wrote this in his "The Wanderer", which was published for the first time in 1932, it was the last book he wrote shortly before he died in 1931.

Said one oyster to a neighboring oyster, "I have a very great pain within me. It is heavy and round and I am in distress."
And the other oyster replied with haughty complacence, "Praise be to the heavens and to the sea, I have no pain within me. I am well and whole both within and without."

At that moment a crab was passing by and heard the two oysters, and he said to the one who was well and whole both within and without, "Yes, you are well and whole; but the pain that your neighbor bears is a pearl of exceeding beauty."
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