The Caliph’s House & In Arabian Nights: {17 & 18 of 52}

the caliphs house

An unexpected by product of this reading challenge is, I’ve been introduced to my story telling soul mate. Tahir Shah doesn’t know that we are story mates yet, but we are. I have no idea how I landed on the Caliph’s House book one lazy Sunday, but I’m now convinced it was some sort of divine intervention that brought me to it. There’s no way to explain it, but I needed to read In Arabian Nights to fully understand my own journey as a writer and dare I say it – as a travel writer. And to read In Arabian Nights, I had to read the Caliph’s House first. And maybe more importantly, about 31 years ago, I had to buy a copy of the 1001 Tales of the Arabian Nights at a garage sale and devour it in a single summer. Finding this story was a long time coming. 

I have always been enchanted by the Middle East, Morocco, and Egypt. Something about these faraway mystical lands draws me to them, and time and time again I find myself reading stories about genies and mystics, caravans and crowded markets. However, I’ve never read a true story from one of those places that was as entertaining and gripping as The Caliph’s House. Tahir Shah shares his journey from London to Morocco, and brings us along for one heck of a year! Buying a house in Casablanca, working to restore it to it’s original glory, and dealing with jinns and jinxes along the way. I couldn’t put the book down.  View Post

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Armstrong BC: Travel Guide

Armstrong BC: Travel Guide

I pretty much have my heart set on living in BC forever, and most likely in the Lower Mainland. However, if I ever decide to move it might be to Armstrong BC. I visited the town a couple of weeks ago, and I’m smitten. You don’t have to pack up and…

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These Lines of Mehendi: {14/52}

These Lines of Mehendi: {14/52}

This week’s read is These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan. This book is actually a novella and only 148 pages. I think the only the other novella I have read is Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it’s just not a style of writing I tend to pick up. My go to…

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Enderby Treehouse a BC Adventure: Detour

Enderby Treehouse a BC Adventure: Detour

Hey guys…starting a new series today called ‘Detour’. While travelling I’m forever searching for off-the beaten track destinations, little known restaurants, and unexpected treasures. More often than not, these experiences become my absolute favourite travel stories, and these gems are found because I took an unexpected detour. Just like my…

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Weekly Edit

Weekly Edit

It’s feeling like summer here in Surrey and I could not be happier! As much as I’ve learned to take rainy days in stride as a West Coast Girl, sunny days are my favourite. I’ve also always loved the feeling of renewal and change that comes with new seasons –…

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Turkey Haleem Recipe {Eid Eats 2018}

Turkey Haleem Recipe {Eid Eats 2018}

For the last few years I’ve been participating in the annual Eid Eats link-up, sharing recipe ideas for Ramzan and Eid get togethers. Till now, I’ve always done a fusion dessert, but this year I wanted to try my hand at a more traditional Eid recipe.  After a bit of…

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GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER {13/52}

GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER {13/52}

Girls Burn Brighter by Shoba Rao was a novel that I could not wait to read. In fact, this was the first time in the entire reading challenge that I did not wait for a book to become available at the library and instead ordered my own copy. It is…

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