Sawy is one of my friends that I know since more than 10 years. When he knew that I am staying in Birmingham, he came and spent a very nice day with me. He is a nice companany.
Monday, May 25th was a bank holiday in the UK, and I was invited by my friend Yuliya from the International office of Aston University to spend the day with her and her husband in Coventry. I have known Yuliya during a business trip for her to Egypt few weeks before my travel grant in Aston University. Yuliya and her husband are really good company and I enjoyed the day with them. We visited St. Mary’s Guildhall, St. Michael Cathedral, the new Cathedral where we listened to lunch time music at the cathedral, then visited the Transport museum, and we had a delicious lunch.
The invitation I received to attend the embassy’s celebration for our fellowship.
I enjoy doing my shopping and cooking food at home. I try everyday to imagine and make new dishes.
With some of my favorite dishes:
My first Run in Japan after a long vacation (Running means I started working)
12 August 2015: http://www.plotaroute.com/route/103731
2nd of May 2015
This week’s run was planned differently, but while starting my run I glimpsed a couple running in front of me, so I followed them until I reached the Canal side near Aston then I continued my run. A 3.5 miles, but some parts a was a little bumpy.
Yesterday was my first visit to Birmingham symphony Hall. I am actually not so familiar with similar places, however my idea totally changed after visiting this one. BSH is one of the most popular halls with very spectacular events. For my good luck I found a couple of excellent events to attend this month. There is the Lord of the Dance (The most famous Step dance performance around the world), The Piano Guys (over 20 million views on YouTube), Frank Sinatra JR. (for a journey with memories), and much more. I am so confused which one to attend. I have to choose one for budget reasons 🙂
I will listen to my wife’s advice and go for the Dangerous Games (The lord of the Dance)!!!
Photos from the WWW
When visiting a new country the first thing that rises in your mind is comparing it to your previous experiences in other countries or to your country itself. That what happened to me personally when my legs stepped the UK. As I come originally from Egypt, and lived in Japan for 5 years I had to compare the 3 countries side by side. I will refrain from criticizing too much, but rather transfer a brief thought for each.
Egypt; my homeland is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth, with a nice clear weather allover the year. Illiteracy, poverty, and health are really challenges. People need much effort to return back on the track.
Japan is a mind-peaceful place where you can see PERFECTION everywhere, but difficult for long-term living without excellent Japanese language abilities. Indeed an island!!
UK, based on only a short stay, a historical multicultural environment and perhaps a nice place to live, but the dreary weather is an issue.
Happy to be here in Aston University for 3 months as a part of Newton’s fellowship program. I’m hosted in Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA), where I do research related to the effect of fatty diet on breast cancer. Three months is short in terms of scientific research, however I am keen to efficiently use my time in research as well as exploring the world around.