Hey Fashionistas! I AM BACK! I took a break from the blog. I apologize for not giving any sort of notice. Life just got busy and crazy.
I wanted to share some major life updates:
We were fortunate enough to visit London, Paris, and Istanbul!! Our first stop, London, was incredible! We planned this trip around family and were able to visit Shah's cousins in the UK. This was my first time in the UK and they showed us an amazing time. I loved London. I was worried about rainy, gloomy weather but miraculously, the week we visited, it barely rained. We were able to learn so much history and eat so much good food. Aside from our families delicious cooking, fish and chips and Nando's Chicken were our favorite meals! After London we took the EuroStar to Paris. The view from our Air BnB was the Eiffel Tower! It felt amazing being so close and seeing the tower sparkle at the top of each hour. We loved the landmarks and macaroons in Paris! We were lucky enough to climb to the tops of both the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triumph, which btw had breathtaking views. Although we both studied Spanish, we picked up some French! Lastly, we visited Istanbul! We LOVED Turkey and are already planning a trip back. Everything about Istanbul was amazing. The people, the food, the historic sites, and especially the cats all made our experience so memorable! Our hotel was in the new city and every morning we would take the tram into the old city to explore the historic and religious sites. In the evenings, we would come back to the new city for dinner and shopping. Turkey has so much to offer and we appreciated the unique blend between eastern and western cultures! Here is a compilation of photos from our trip. Check out the travel diary I created here.
Shah graduated school! My goodness is this a HUGE milestone in his academic career. All of our family came into town and we are so grateful for their presence during his graduation. We had such an eventful weekend and it had been so long since we were all under the same roof!
2018 was a year of graduations. My sister, Iffat, graduated undergrad. We are so proud of her and we know she will make an amazing leader. Iffat, who BTW also started a blog, has a bright future ahead and I am so excited for her newest chapter!
We moved to Texas!! Shah and I packed up our things and hauled down to Houston. This has been a huge transition but we are loving it so far! We experienced an unbearably hot and humid summer. Being from the Midwest, we aren't use to so much sun. We love the weekends at the beach. Also, can I just say that the diversity among the community and the abundance of Zabiha Halal food options is INCREDIBLE!?! It can be overwhelming at times when we have to pick dinner options (but it's a good problem to have!). Most of Ramadan this year, we went out for ifthar and tried new restaurants. It has been awesome and I will be sure to update y'all! (After all, I am a true Texan now ;) )
I mentioned ifthar above. If you are not familiar, ifthar is the meal that Muslims break their fast with during the holy month of Ramadan. We fast from sunrise to sunset. This year we moved to Texas right before the start of Ramadan. So we spent the entire month of Ramadan in a new city, working to slowly move in and furnish our home. (man was it tough to move, unpack and get new furniture, without food or water!) We also visited the mosque almost each night. (Lucky for us, there are over 100 mosques in Houston). We picked a mosque close by with a large population of young adults. We made friends quickly through the community and are so grateful. We had a very blessed month and were able to spend Eid-al-Fithr (the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan) with my family. It was a busy time but we had so much fun and I am excited for their next trip to Texas.
So these are the things you missed over the last few months! I will try to be better about updating you as events happen! Family is everything to me and I hope to be able to share my next journey with you all soon! Stay tuned!!