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About Maisalon Dallashi

Maisalon Dallashi comes to Germany as a Herbert Quandt-Stiftung scholarship winner under the “Trialog of Cultures” program for 2010 in partnership with I’lam - a media center for the Arab Palestinian community in Israel. Maisalon is an Arab woman who graduated from Tel Aviv University with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and gender studies, making her especially attuned to identity issues and the situation of women around the world.

The Christmas market in Frankfurt: A warm moment at 0 °C!

Crafts for sale at Frankfurt's Christmas Market, Photo: Lama Abdo

Crafts for sale at Frankfurt's Christmas Market, Photo: Lama Abdo

I was around five or six years old when I saw snow for the first and one of just a few times. I remember being so happy to know that I didn’t have to go to school that day. Everything stopped. No one was able to do anything; we were not used to having snow – I mean we hardly even have rain in the winter. Almost 20 years has passed since that scene, but this morning when I left home I felt something falling – it was again real snow in Frankfurt, the only difference being that in Germany nothing stops due to the snow, it’s as if things are prepared to sustain all weather conditions, and life continues as usual, the trains, S-bahns, U-Bahns…

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Are we about to RSVP for weddings by clicking ‘attending’ on Facebook?

Some of the first post boxes on display at the Communications Museum

Some of the first post boxes on display at the Communications Museum, Photo: M. Dallashi

Two days ago I became another victim of technology – I bought a new iPod! Since then the world appears much differently, the world suddenly seems much smaller than it used to be. Now all of my friends so far away are within just a click with my Facebook, Skype and Gmail applications!

It also seems that from now on I won’t be getting lost thanks to the Google maps application. I’m there. I’m in the new media world. I know it’s a bit late, but I’m not really a fan of gadgets. Sometimes, I still prefer older things.

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Is it all about the spices?

Lentil soup, Photo: M'aayan Yahbes

Lentil soup, Photo: Ma'ayan Yahbes

My small size may lend the impression that I eat just vegetables and salad. Well, this is definitely not the case! I actually come from a very strong kitchen, the Arabic one! I’m not sure what ingredients you associate with the Arabic kitchen, but it’s without a doubt one of the heaviest cuisines I’ve ever tried. But for some reason, I’ve been unable to appreciate the German cuisine, and have found company in this with Italians, Greeks, Turks and of course other Arabs. I keep wondering what exactly is our problem? Is it that we’re not open enough to appreciate other cuisines and local food?

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Arabic-language books at the Frankfurt Book Fair

An Arabic-language display by the United Arab Emirate of Sharjah

An Arabic-language display by the United Arab Emirate of Sharjah

Five days of the world’s largest trade book fair ended Sunday evening. The Frankfurt Book Fair is a meeting place for the industry’s experts, where publishers, booksellers, agents, film producers and authors come together each year in October to create something new.

Despite the differences that exist between Arab nations and at Arab League summits, the stands upon stands of Arabic-language literature present a picture of cultural unity to the trade fair guests and general public. Around 1 million potential readers live in the Arabic language world which is made up of 22 Arab states.

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Lost in the German public transport system

ÖPNV (VBB) public transport in Berlin, Photo: www.berlin.de

ÖPNV (VBB) public transport in Berlin, Photo: www.berlin.de

„Entschuldigung, wo ist die S-Bahn Station?“
„It’s in the other side of the station; here it is the U-Bahn!”
„Oh! It’s not the same, good to know. Thanks”.

Just another example of my experiences in trying to find the right train and going to my destination. My average so far is two to three mistakes in each new journey by train or by any means of public transport in Germany for that matter.

I come from a small village with just around 6,000 residents. It’s located 20 kilometres from Nazareth, and yes it is “the” Nazareth from the Bible, although I’m not really sure exactly how far my village is from Nazareth, although I think about 20-30 minutes by car which seems around 20 kilometers to me.

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