Translated by: Marwa Farid
The unplanned business trip to the Gulf city was indescribably interesting. A root canal inflammation and an allergy to some unknown trigger causing me a scalp inflammation, which led to postponing my long-awaited holiday trip to Europe.
On my last day in the city, it was time to finally leave. I began signing “Start spreading the news, I am leaving today… I want to be part of it… Europe.. Europe”.
This lyrical segment of Frank Sinatra’s New York accompanied me and my friends – forcibly – for an entire day. I was happy and very excited to visit new European cities… to meet old friends who drifted away… having our hopes scattered across the capitals of the worlds. More importantly, I was excited for change.. to break my daily routine that developed over the past few months… to run away from the Gulf’s heat and humidity to a place that is a bit less “warm”.