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ArabExpats ... Away from home

  • By: Qwaider

  • On:Wednesday, May 16, 2007 5:30:02 PM
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    A group of young Arab bloggers have joined forces to bring to the world the wealth of experiences they have accumulated. Driven by their shared longing to the homelands, ArabExpats brings you their experiences, their stories and captures a glimpse in the daily suffering of every apple, far from it's tree.

    The effort was kindled by the efforts of Who-sane, who was later joined by the rest of the expats to present this new blog that deals the hopes, dreams and fears of expats.

    The Expats were united through their feelings of longing and belonging.

    I know many people keep saying "Count your blessings", "You don't have the problems that we have here". But these people don't know the price we pay for our choice. Sure, the money is good, freedom is wonderful, life is easy .. true. But wouldn't any one of these expats give all of that up for an evening with the family, drinking mother's coffee, talking to siblings, and their offsprings. Or maybe going out late at night around town, just marvelling at the lights and the laughs and screams of bystanders

    The more I think about it, the more I realize that the price we pay for the "perks" we enjoy is so dear. It's not like we have all the time in the world to "make it" and then go home...

    I don't know the future, I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. But I do know that I have a room in my parent's house, that will always welcome me warmly, and one day, I'm going there to sleep in my bed... The bed that my father paid for, and my mother prepared for me ... and right then.. I'll feel .... home

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    Very well said Qwaider!

    Here's to ArabExpats!
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    • kinzi
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    • On: 5/16/2007 8:46:33 PM
    Yes, the ex-pat lifestyle is bitter-sweet. Maybe MommaBean, Dave and I should start something for the opposite expat mix!
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    • Amin
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    • On: 5/16/2007 9:21:01 PM
    their offspring...LOL
    usually, offspring is used to describe the kids of animals...
    You are going to be tough to follow Q. Very well said, you kinda inspired me and my post is already formulating in my head :).

    I second whosane: Here's to ArabExpats!

    Kinzi: great idea!
    by the way, where do u all live right now? i know ur in seatle (sa7?) what about 7aki, sel3, mohannad, nimir, and who?
    Nice!
    Allah 7ayhom el neshama,Well said Qwaider, a Kiss on my moms cheek is worth all the money in the world!!
    Don't you all already have blogs!? Why bother with another one!?!
    Mariam: Canada, UAE, Chicago, and UAE, respectively. :-)
    After 30 year,s i am going back.
    Great post Q. It seems that even though we've got some great privileges and advantages out here in the west, there is always that little touch of culture and spice missing everywhere you go. BTW I'm in Montreal.
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    • أنونيموس
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    • On: 5/17/2007 6:59:37 AM
    One of my [perhaps personal] problems associated with this is that I think once you leave home, you'll never really have a "home". The foreign country where you live just isn't home enough for you. You visit back home and yet it isn't the same home you left inscribed in your memories- it's never as good as you last remember it. The warmth of your bed and your mother's voice may take you back to that memory when all was good; but it's just that - a temporary moment lived out of a memory.
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    • On: 5/17/2007 8:42:35 AM
    3ammo qwaider momken tu36oonee ilwa9feh la msa55an?
    thanks a lot
    ilblog taba3ak btjannnnnen
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    • Majd
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    • On: 5/17/2007 9:18:46 AM
    Few words to share ...

    THE NEW LAND

    And so, I come to the new land, dragging the baggage of the old land with me.
    I impose the old maps on the new places.
    The old vegetation springs newly named in the new land.

    I have traveled a great distance and still my arrival is a dream.
    The old land is under everything
    - like the old landscapes found glowing faintly under the skins of forgotten portraits.

    My life is becoming like the kneading of bread, an endless turning in on itself; the dailiness alone sustains me.

    My life is like the transitions of the language: I find myself in the translucent streets of the new land, shouting in a voice no one seems to hear: however, moreover, nonetheless,furthermore, . . .


    Zolinias
    wal Majd, tawwel ballak :) kabberha btekbar sagherha ... eb..tesghar :) i remember i read once a wise guy said "home is a state of mind"
    You too can have your Memories Documented

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