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Day Two: Dango Daikazoku

I fell asleep at 9.30pm and woke up at 1am and just couldn’t sleep again. Jet Lag is ridiculous sometimes, so I indulged myself in doing a little word till 3 am and then tried to will myself back to sleep till 8 am. I need to get on a schedule with this or I’m going to feel terrible for the next week. The bed here is perfectly cosy and

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Day One: Sunrises, Egg Sandwiches and Mount Fuji

I love flying. The first time I flew on a plane by myself I was 12 years old and going to Chicago for a few weeks to visit my family. I had a chaperone to take me onto the plane and to take me to my family on the other side but for 8 glorious hours, it was just me… and the projected screen with Indian films. Since that holiday

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Day Zero: A Journey Back In Time

It’s 1998 and my family from Chicago are visiting. One of my cousins is obsessed with Pokemon, which is the current must-have toy in America, he is collecting cards and all sorts and at first, I think they are talking about Tamagochi’s which were a thing in the UK but I am quickly educated in the world of Pocket Monsters. That was the moment where everything changed. In 2000 I

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A Journey Through Curly Hair

My hair used to be the bane of my existence, and yes I know how self-absorbed that sounds. I had super shiny, 0 frizz, straight as anything hair for a long time. It was always in a bob with a little fringe and I looked super cute. Then the puberty monster came and my hair changed into a curly, frizzy mess. There was a lot of denial about it at

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An Introduction to Anime

I’ve been watching anime since I was 15 years old. My gateway to this wonderful world of animation was Pokemon. I was obsessed with Pokemon, and honestly I still am. I would record the anime, which was on at like 6am at the weekends on ITV and watch it religiously. For the record, my fav Pokemon is Bulbasaur. In the late 90’s/early 00’s we didn’t have a lot of ways

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Ramadan Day Seven

We are almost a week into Ramadan and I feel pretty good about things. I’ve not had an iftar alone since it started and this week I don’t think there’s a day I’m free so we have another week full of food and socializing and hugs. I think about home a lot during Ramadan and specifically my sisters in law, my nieces and nephews and my baby cousins. I called

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Ramadan 2019: Day Two

Every year I’ve been in a Children’s House classroom I’ve taught my kids about Ramadan. I’ve had at least one kid from a Muslim family in the class each year, but I think even if we didn’t I would explain to my kids what it’s about. We do so many other celebrations in class from Chanukah to Chinese New Year, so I don’t see why talking about Ramadan can’t be

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Ramadan 2019: Day One

When I was little I would do half fasts. I would wake up for sahur with my dad and my two older brothers and my mum would make us all fried eggs and paratha. I would also get a cup of super milky tea. It was this exciting thing to eat when it was still super dark outside like we were breaking the rules a little having our breakfast so

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A Few Thoughts On Making Friends

There’s nothing quite like moving to a whole new country. It’s definitely a privilege to be able to do so, and one I don’t take lightly in this day and age. Immigration is so demonised and for some places, especially America, a move like that requires money, connections and a lot of paperwork. I’m lucky, everyone I know who has had this opportunity to move to a new country is

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Thoughts of Solo Travelling, Healing and Whale Sharks.

I went to Macomb this weekend, which prompted the question of “Why?!” when I told people. I have family in Macomb, family who I enjoy the company of but have never really hung out with due to growing up on the other side of the Atlantic, and I guess because of age. I’m younger and that makes our paths cross less. I have hardly any experience of small town America.

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