I started this Fall, at the University of Oklahoma. Even though I tried to prepare as much as I can, did my research, and so. I never really knew what I would expect from this UNI. in terms of environment, professors, and so on. It's very difficult to get to know a space when you are in the other part of the world from it. I created this memo series as my kind of online diary of my graduate study journey
According to Moslo's Hierarchy pyramid of needs, its only natural for us to feel the urge to be safe, and reassured by our choices on a daily basis.
I always thrive to find local coffee joints and spots, that offer "Fair Trade Coffee options" yes I only learned that a couple of years back.
but there is this thing with Starbucks being at every corner, I have access to four Starbucks-es on a 10-minute walk radius from building at campus! Yes Ridiculous i know.
In Boston it was so easy to access different coffee shops with fair trade authentic coffee, Jeddah my hometown is Flooding with amazing local coffee shops like Medd & Cup & couch my two favorites.
Why is it do we always go back to Starbucks? I personally do not think they make the best drinks, it is just convenience. They are there, all the time.. its always a safe option. Specially when you don't want to risk it that morning, or before an important meeting an you really need your caffeine to kick in.
In three years, I moved from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the US, to Norman, Oklahoma. At first it all seems so difficult, but now all I can think of is that I Love this Alhamdellah God has blessed me with such an oppurtunity. Moving around and calling different spaces Home is how I want to tell my story in 10 years from now.
I am taking a course that studies the relationship between us humans and the environment we live in, at all scales. I recommend if your interested in this subject. A book by Kevin Lynch "The Image of the City". it speaks of how when we live in a space only see the aspects that are visual for us,rather than looking at the bigger picture, a zoomed out image. "like seeing the sides of mount Everest but not the tip". Only few people have the sense of seeing the city they live in in an eye of a tourist, capture its essence and small details, of course the larger the city the more challenging it becomes to see its true beauty.
do you believe if you have live in Rome all of your life, you'll see it as you have 48 hours to see it? will you capture all the history and detail and have a place for it in your memory?
Here's a link to the book; I only read the first chapter and looking forward to go through it
Comments and share of thoughts are more than welcome.
It was the mid of winter, the sun came out and we decided to head downtown and enjoy it!
Ironically I am writing this from my couch back home, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. How can you explain missing a place so much? How can you hug this place? Say goodbye, well I couldn't. In denial you can say, and hopefully will visit boston soon.
Very interesting thing happened to me the other day, a friend from Azerbaijan, Ulvia who pronounces my name in a very glamorous way: Daaalal, hehe.
She approached me on Monday morning: " Oh Daalal my dear, I saw your blog its very beautiful, but i feel its missing something, its missing the Daalal we know, your energy. "
I will try to post more, its just I don't even document enough for my blog, and I cannot wait to change things NOW.
finding the balance between what to show vs. whats too much is key.. I am in search of that key now! hehe
But promise my self & my followers to post more.
xx have a good day
I am a coffee addict, but aren't we all? I believe though, the best served coffee is at local coffee shops.
Sure, there is starbucks & Dunkin' Donuts at every block / corner "litterly" but to enjoy a cup of coffee one must hunt for the small shops that serve their own blends.
In boston area, Thinking Cup is my favourite, they have awesome macaroons & grilled cheese sandwiches.
Thing is, i always want to work on my laptop, or blog & I have noticed that these small bakeries don't have wifi! but why Massachusets why? its pretty strange these days to have wifi-less cafes, is it a point of enjoying coffee and a treat? or do they simply want people not occupying a space for so long?
So whenever i am not in the library working, where its so quiet and nice, I head to Starbucks for black coffee, and endless wifi. A compromise may I say?
which is your favorite local coffee spot? Please share in the comments below!