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The importance of good tea (and timing the trains right)

Time March 6th, 2017 in 2017 Spring, England | No Comments by

I’m running on less sleep than is probably wise, but that comes as a university standard across the world, I think. Granted, for me it’s more to do with out-of-university affairs than anything, but we’re aiming for relatability, here. Fortunately, there’s a little thing that the Brits really have down right that helps a lot with sleepiness, exhaustion, and more or less everything else in life: tea. I’m no connoisseur, but I’m learning. My tastes go a little fruitier than most, but even so. (and I’ll never quite manage to leave coffee behind, I suspect. Too many years of dependency.)

First off, tea is an excellent writing companion. I’m drinking tea as I’m writing this, I was drinking tea as I worked through revisions last night, and I have no doubt that I’ll be drinking tea when I’m outlining that essay plan I’ve been putting off for three weeks tomorrow too. …I’m not saying tea is an enabler of bad behavior, but, um. Read into that as much as you like. Some teas are caffeinated, others are herbal, others taste a little like someone contemplated adding some milk to that sugar and decided at the last minute that no, sugar’s probably enough on its own. Everyone can find something. I’ve been fond of the red berry tea for a while now – the fruity taste is just enough to make it feel like a treat, and the hot beverage aspect of it is enough to calm my mind and settle my thoughts into something I can work with. It’s also pretty cheap though, and this is the land of tea; I wanted more. Read More »

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Let’s talk FOOD

Time June 1st, 2015 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

As the semester is coming to an end I just want to take a moment to recognize the delicious food that the UAE and the region has to offer.

I am not going to show pictures of any of the food from fancy restaurants that I have been to, but rather the street food that I have frequently and prefer most of the time over the places in Dubai Mall, The Marina or JBR. These places only require less than 10 dirhams a person to have a good meal or sometimes just a small snack.

My favorite place in all of Sharjah is Karak Road. Karak Road is right outside of campus is frequented by students here. Karak road is simply the road leaving campus towards Emirates 311 to Dubai or downtown Sharjah. The road is lined to one side with the desert and the other side has tea shops, burger places, Middle Eastern places, tailors, shoe stores, Chinese places, and random cafeterias. My favorite place to stop is Khabeer al Shay, the big tea in English. They sell karak, barata, smoothies and many other things. Karak is a kind of tea that has milk and spices added. They sell a small for 1 Dirham and a large for 2 Dirham. The larges have a lid, so I usually go for those. Barata is wrapped snack, view the pics to see them. You can get anything you want inside of them. Popular mixes are: cheese and honey; cheese, hot sauce, and chips; and cheese, hot sauce, chips and a hot dog. They are all really good and don’t sell for more than 4 dirhams a piece. If I had my own car I would be at Khabeer al Shay daily, but even without one I find myself there more days than not!

Another place on Karak road is called, On the Wood. On the Wood is a Lebanese restaurant. That is where I buy my manaeesh and Shawarma sometimes. the manaeesh is pictured above. On the Wood is also only a few meters away from Khabeer al Shay, so you can order at On the Wood go get tea and come back to pick up your order, all with out leaving your car.

The semester is coming to close and I have about 10 days left in the UAE. I am sad to go, but excited to be home at the same time.

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