My name is Mariyah, I am 42, and I am from Damascus.
I spent the first 19 years of my life growing up in this wonderful city as part of a large family. I have four older brothers, my eldest being 10 years my senior. At the age of 19 my father decided I should go elsewhere to further my education and I ended up in Canada. There, I spent another 20 years, first earning my degrees at a university and then continuing to work at the university as an Anthropological researcher.
A year ago, I returned to Damascus after some upheaval in my life and I began writing my blog. I started by journaling about my journey back. In that journey, I looked at who and what surrounded me as they were familiar but differed from what they were 20 years ago. Memories of a place do not change with the times, and I had to adapt to many unexpected changes. I also looked at the history of my family and my home as a way to redevelope my sense of identity which seemed to have been lost or somewhat misplaced abroad. It was a great adjustment, much larger than I had first supposed it might be.
Then, as I began writing the story of my parents – Ghassan and Alexandra – the focus of my blog changed. It developed into something I had never dreamed of when I first began it. It has became a place of extraordinary enjoyment for me. A place of creativity and fantasy. Happily, it also continued to be a place to feel connected with many wonderful members of the blogging community and readers from all corners of the globe. That would include you, dear reader – those of you who read what I have to say and some of you who comment. Thank you for being here always with me on this wonderful journey.
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