Welcome to my blog. I write about fitting in, sticking out, and missing the motherland as a serial foreigner.


Social media, like life, is so weird. Late last year just after the fall of Aleppo, I scrolled through facebook and came across these two images, one directly after the other.

On Instagram, I follow both Queen Rania of Jordan as well as First Lady Asma al-Assad of Syria. They tend to post around the same time as each other - I don't know if this is an orchestrated thing on the part of either's social media team, or if it's more that Instagram is shuffling the order in which it shows me stuff, but the juxtaposition is similarly jarring. It's all events and handshakes and ribbon-cutting, but thinking of what is going on beyond the range of each of those cameras at those moments in each of those countries...well, it makes you think, is all.



February 10th, outsourced