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The lazy Housewife

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Asalaamu aleikum wa rachmatullah wa barakatuh,

A wise man ones said;  “I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere” he was right, it does gets everywhere, especially in Egypt. In summer the sand is a nuisance, it gets through the cracks, making your home like the Sahara desert. And I hate cleaning, I always have.

As a kid I didn’t really need to help around the house. Setting the table before dinner and cleaning up afterwards was pretty much all I had to do. But my room was my own responsibility, one I never took very serious. Now I live in Egypt, here the roles between men and women are clearly divided. Men go to their work while women take care of the house and kids.

It’s not just my own room anymore, now I have to take care if our apartment. But I really am a lazy housewife, I want to do as little as possible, so I’ve decided to make a cleaning schedule. Everyday I’ll clean a little, at the end of the week everything is clean. I’ll tell how the first week went.
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My big fat Egyptian wedding

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Asalaamu aleikum wa rachmatullah wa barakatuh,

Today it the one year anniversary of my marriage. So what better day than today is to post about my wedding. The weddings in Egypt are different than the ones we have in Europe, but still there are much influences of the west. There  are different kinds of weddings though. Some just have the islamic ceremony, at home with some close family and friends. Others have a village wedding in the open air with much music and fireworks. We had an extravagant wedding, that felt like the Oscars.

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A love story

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Asalaamu aleikum wa rachmatullah wa barakatuh,

You might wonder how a Dutch girl ended up in Egypt.  Why would she leave the comfort of the west to go love in the middle east? Well there’s one simple answer and that is: Love. So sit back and let me tell you a love story.

A few years ago I was searching for love. Being a Muslim I wanted it to be halal. But as a Muslim convert finding halal love wasn’t easy. My family isn’t Muslim, and I didn’t have a big Muslim network that could help me find someone serious.  So I ended up on a Muslim matrimonial website. Most proposals I got were from men looking for a visa into Europe or men who wanted a second wife.

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Something something something

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Asalaam aleikum wa rachmatullah wa barakatu,

I think by reading the title of this first post, it is clear to you, that I have no idea where to start. I’ve been living in Egypt for a year now, and I’m in dire need of a hobby. I love writing. Back in the Netherlands I had penpals, I enjoyed writing letters and sending gifts to them. It was always a pleasant surprise to receive something back. Unfortunately since I’m here, I had to give up this hobby because of the “nonexistent” Egyptian postal service.

The idea of starting a personal blog has been in my mind for a while, but I always found a reason not to do it. I was either, thinking that I didn’t have original ideas or assuming no one would read it anyway. Which are both utter nonsense! I have plenty of ideas, and I’m sure someone will open this blog by mistake. Anyway, I’ve decided to go for it!

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