Nukus: The king and his kingdom

We reach Nukus when sun is setting, off the small plane, walking straight through the airplane parking. Breezing the salty air in, taking in the flat horizon. Only desert knows how to hug… Continue reading

A day with Samarkand.

I get to Samarkand three years late. To stand in the middle of Registan and make a wish, to look up the golden dome of Gur-Emir and to wonder reading inscribed in Arabic:… Continue reading

Things I have learned from horse riding

My obsession with horses is known to all, who knows me at least a little . Kyrgyz often grow up hearing that “Horses are human’s wings”, “best friend”, “soulmate” and most of us… Continue reading

Where wild flowers grow

Most of the times I enjoy variety and diversity of people, surrounding me. But then there are times when I crave to be around of my own kind. The wild souls. The outsiders,… Continue reading

On kindness, Baltimore and Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen has passed away yesterday. I have celebrated by listening to his songs for an entire day. Yes, celebrated is the right word. In his last interview to New Yorker after his… Continue reading

NYC date. With myself.

  Ten years ago, I first traveled to the US as an exchange student. It  was also the fist time I have ever been abroad . For the entire year. That year I… Continue reading

Coming home…to myself

To get from one place to another you need to move. And moving takes courage. Always. It’s much safer to stay in one place and live by familiar rules. But then, you never… Continue reading

Mykonos teaches happiness is simple

Mykonos teaches happiness is simple Life is like the sea Learn how to tread water And swim Can you imagine? God has invented every possible Shade of the blue… She is 16, an… Continue reading

The fragments of my identity

I believe any journey is a journey within. Especially those that take us back to the roots and those that gift us the wings. I rarely write about my life in this blog,… Continue reading

Leyla Khalouni. The wildflower

Sometimes you travel to see things, sometimes you travel to find answers, sometimes you travel know people. And sometimes you travel to strangers’ house to learn most about Egyptian cuisine, to sit in… Continue reading