Back. Wolverhampton. London. Courses. Eid

I had a good break, fully rejuvenated and fresh to start blogging again. Also, packed with great knowledge and a good boost of confidence to go back to work next week!

This is what my journey looked like, I’ll try to make it short and simple for you readers, so respect that and read on 😉

Have you ever used all modes of transportation in one single day, I proudly did for my trip from Muscat to Wolverhampton! Do I recommend it, a clear cut “NO”, it’s exhausting… but was great fun I must admit. We (the Mr. and I) were dropped off by car to the airport early morning, the 8th of September, took a comfortable flight to Birmingham airport, the tram to the train station, the train to Wolverhampton and our legs on a rainy evening to the hotel.

Wolverhampton:I expected a small town, I was mistaken it was a lively city just outside Birmingham. Fairly new, with shiny buildings, very different from those of old cities in the UK. The course was a 15-min walk from the hotel, not too bad, quite refreshing to start your day walking, considering the good weather of course. We’ve been quite lucky with the weather during our two week stay in UK this time, it doesn’t usually go that way!

The 2-day “Adult Stammering Intervention” course by two respected and well-known professionals in the field was phenomenal, in fact they declared that this was the last course they do together as one of them had already retired, call me “lucky”.

On the 12th, 4 days post-arrival, we took the train to London.

London:the city of diversity I’ll happily name it. You walk and hear 101 languages echoing back and forth, you do not feel outcast, you just fit in wherever you go. I remember hating London so much when I was younger, the last time I was there was with family, I was say 15 at the time. My father is not exactly calm, just imagine what he’d be like in an underground station trying to catch the next tube, with children roaming around fascinated by things they’d never seen before. His temper evaporates, then condensates on me to give me a tainted image of London for some 11 years, an image of rush and fury that is. London has definitely managed to erase that old image, I actually now understand why people go head over heels in London. I cannot imagine myself living in London, it’s too “hype” for my liking, but I totally understand those who love it. The city has changed drastically, it’s become exceptionally diverse.  Walking and staring that’s what you do when you’re going around. You just enjoy looking at people rushing, hugging their plastic cups of coffee in one hand (here we go with the love of coffee again!) and a bagful of papers or a laptop in the other! All minding their own business. I particularly liked the formal looks on people from head to toe, actually from head to ankles (in suits), their foots in casual trainers for a comfortable run to and from work place! What a sight. Love life, love London! 

Why was I in London again? Oh the course! The second course was the Palin PCI (Parent Child Interaction) for early childhood stammering, in simple language, Stammering therapy for preschoolers. The course was top notch, well structured and beautifully presented.

Practical for Omani culture? I don’t know! From the title you can tell what it’s all about; the aim of this therapy is to promote parent-child interaction, it’s achieved by recording video tapes of each parent playing with the child. Mother playing with her child (acceptable, but video recording this interaction, typically not!). Father playing with the child (not culturally acceptable, recording it, no problem). Go figure! I’ll have a hard time applying this exact strategy, I’ll have to make a few adaptions, until we’re more open to this notion of video recording the Ma’s and convincing the Fa’s that going down to your child’s level and actually playing can help in stammering. We’re a practical nation, the first thing parents usually ask in clinic after my long session of reassuring, explaining and choosing a therapy method is: “shai duyaat?” (Any medicine?). You just love them, so simple, get the medicine and go home!   

On the 20th of Sept, Eid was announced in London, we broke our fast one day earlier than family in Oman! I could’ve made it to Oman for eid, but it would have been extremely tiring to celebrate eid right after an 8-hour travel. Another reason or the “hidden agenda” to be more precise is because I had made plans to meet some special cousins namely; Miss.W, the well-known Kamakazy and Soulmate -yes, she’s behind the comments around this blog-!

This may sound harsh for some or illogical to many, but I enjoy Eid abroad just as much as I enjoy it at home. Eid has its special scent that follows you wherever you go! As long as I’ve got some family members around, I do not mind it one bit. We’ve had waffles and coffee for breakfast, instead of the meat and rice ( Arsiya- usually served on breakfast, day one of eid). Then, had the best shawarma anyone can ever dream of, in fact I’ve read reviews on the internet suggesting that it is the best Shawarma in the whole world. HEAVEN… Shahrayar can tell you all about it, he secretly got himself another bite of that heaven the next day (while I was shopping with Soulmate)!  

Not to bore you and prolong this post longer than it is now, I’ll leave you with the taste of shawarma in your mouth. Don’t bother getting one from wherever you are, that London shawarma was exceptional!

I’ll get back with more stories about this trip, oh and pictures also coming soon. No not of the shawarma unfortunately, I wouldn’t share the mouth-watering Tehini with my camera 😉

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11 Comments

  1. um3azzan said,

    September 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    ok now this post made me want to:
    – visit london
    – eat shawarma
    – start that Azzan’s special time project you told me about, you didn’t send me the material!

    • Shahrazad said,

      September 29, 2009 at 11:04 am

      Do visit London, there is a lot to see. Although I have to say, this may be my 4th or 5th visit to London, I didn’t go there as a tourist this time, I went there for business for the course, so I didn’t really go to tourist attractions, we just wandered around, looking for good places to eat, looking at interesting places and staring at people 😉 From that perspective, London was awesome! Also, since I didn’t have a good impression about London, I kept my mind open trying to digest why people love London (including Dad) and there during our walks it hit me, I understood why!

  2. Shahrayar said,

    September 28, 2009 at 6:54 am

    Although I am not too much of a shawarma person or a London lover but I have to say that Shawarma was superb…. I can still taste it in my mouth, nothing like the lousy shawarma we have here.

    you forgot to say that if it wasn’t for me (after god) you would have been lost in london forever 😛

    • Shahrazad said,

      September 29, 2009 at 11:08 am

      Oh yah! That deserves a post on its own. Walking me back and forth to the course every single day, that’s one act of love or (mistrust in my direction skills) that I shouldn’t ever dare forget 😉

      I really appreciate it dear, really 🙂

  3. Nadia said,

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Yes, your post definitely made me want to visit London for the Shawarma alone. I’ve been to London several times and hate it (or as the Brits would say .. Loathe it!) .. I can’t stand the place. I don’t mind big cities, but London puts me off completely. I can never spend more than 3 days max. Maybe it’s because I don’t like shopping. People who love shopping love London.

    Your courses sounded amazing. Write more about your progress with adapting the material for Oman. It’s a fascinating field. And please post photos.

    I agree with Shahrayar that Muscat shawarmas are absolute crap, (yes, I tried almost every shawarma place in MCT, including every branch of the Automatic), but in Salalah we have ‘two’ restaurants that make the best shawarmas in the world. Tiny restaurants but they’re PERFECT. One Lebanese, one Turkish. Come to Salalah and I’ll prove it .

    • Shahrazad said,

      September 29, 2009 at 11:20 am

      The shopping particularly is a turn off in London! Shops are scattered along a busy high-street for God knows how many miles, you’ve got to keep your eyes fixated on the both the right and the left lane if you’re looking for a specific shop, if you miss it, you’ve got to walk for another few miles to get to the next branch! OR.. you could visit Westfield, a new shopping mall in London, it’s HUGE, well designed and very contemporary! We just spent a few hours there, it’s worth a visit, just to clear your ears from the hustle and bustle of London’s horns and give your skin a break from the inevitable damage of pollution.

      Like I said, I never liked London, this time was different, I was there on a mission impossible to understand why people love it (including my father) and I think I successfully achieved my goals 😉

      You know, I wasn’t ever very fond of Shawarma, this London one just managed to completely put me on the love-shawarma track. I shouldn’t offend my taste buds now with Muscat’s shawarma, I’ll save the pleasure for Salalah’s!

      I will dear, more posts on their way 😉

  4. elia said,

    September 29, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Welcome back home! Sounds like an awesome break 🙂

    And my dear, you’ve succeeded in making me miss London all over again!

    • Shahrazad said,

      September 29, 2009 at 11:28 am

      It was Elia 🙂

      LOL… so you were there on a holiday? or for some training?

  5. elia said,

    September 30, 2009 at 4:28 am

    guess you can call it training… with holidaying squeezed in on weekends 😉

  6. Rayyan said,

    September 30, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    You made my mouth water for that best shawerma in the world!! loooool
    We used to have the best shawerma I have ever tasted (here in USA) but the last 2 times it wasn’t great I guess they changed the chief 😦

    Glade you enjoyed your eid in London.. it’s more peaceful no rush for everything to be perfect and no need to show off a lot! anything is acceptable! and heart happiness coz it’s eid is always there 🙂

  7. October 1, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Mash’Allah! Sounds like you had such an eventful & productive trip!
    SOOO glad you are back to blogging! Missed your posts 😀


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