Renovation Notice

Dear readers,

There has not been any new blog post for seven long months. Due to personal circumstances, I was no longer able to regularly update the blog. Today, I had the courage to take up the heavy task of starting again, and decided to start afresh.

I thought that I wanted to stop writing here completely and move on to create a new blog. My interests and mentality has changed over time, and I felt that this blog no longer reflected myself anymore. Even the blog name will become irrelevant; I will turn 20 soon.

However, I thought to myself, “If I create a new blog, I have to start everything from scratch. Find readers, promote it, design it, yadda yadda yadda.” I don’t want to lose what is left of my readership completely by abandoning this blog.

With this, I am announcing the rebranding and renovation of I Am A Teenage Reporter to IATR &BEYOND: a site which I hope will bring fresh perspectives and mature insights into life, travel, food, university and so on. I am aiming for a more serious writing style as well.

I do not wish to reveal all what I have in mind, but over the next few weeks the site will undergo major restructuring and updates on pages and posts to reflect my current life in university. My priority now is my own life outside of the blog, but I hope to complete the renovation process by the end of October, InshaAllah.

I hope that you will be supportive of this endeavour and I thank you all for your patronage.

Ahmad Afendiyevich

Tomorrow’s Travel to Tulip Country

Amsterdam
A canal in Amsterdam. Courtesy of Google Images.

I’m ashamed that I couldn’t think of a better title; cheesy alliteration is cheesy. It’s already half past ten and I’m already supposed to be in bed so I could wake up early tomorrow for my flight. I’m a little low on creative juice right now so please bear with me.

So I told you all last March that I will be spending my Easter/Spring holidays in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I am actually really super excited about this, not only because I get to go to a new country to add to the list of countries I have visited, but also due to our trip’s itenerary. Only a few days ago, I found out that not only we are going to go to Amsterdam as a family, but also we are visiting Brussels in Belgium for a day tour! Wonders will never cease – I’ll be adding two countries to my list now!

The our general itenerary is like this:

Tomorrow – Flight from Cairo to Amsterdam-Schipol, arrive, check in hotel, do some sightseeing in the evening

Friday – Visiting the Rijksmuseum, Friday prayers in a Dutch-Turkish mosque and taking a cruise in the canals

Saturday – A guided day tour of Keukenhof, a place where lots of tulips are grown in the Dutch countryside

Sunday – A guided tour of Brussels from Amsterdam, including a 3 hour bus trip, visiting the Grand-Place and other Belgian landmarks, return to Amsterdam on the same day

Monday – Flight back home to Cairo

Mind you, I don’t exactly know the details in terms of schedules. I trust that my parents know what and where we should be going, because it was really their idea to visit Amsterdam in the first place. I kept suggesting to go to St. Petersburg, Budapest or Vienna but my mother really wanted to see tulip flowers in full bloom in spring. Turkey is another tulip country, it was the country that originally passed on the flowers to the Dutch anyway, but having visited the country twice already, my parents would like something else for a change.

I have all my stuff ready and packed for tomorrow. I printed a sheet of Dutch phrases ready just in case, even though many Dutch people can speak English. Maybe I should print a French phrasebook too, because I haven’t polished up my French in a very long time. Hopefully, I will write up a great big article or two about this vacay with lots of pictures just like Antalya for y’all to enjoy. I won’t be able to take my laptop with me. Although I’m a little hazy about our activity schedule, I know it will include a whole lot of sightseeing and walking about so I have no time for blog updates there. I will, of course, remain available via social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram providing that the hotel has a free and reliable WiFi connection.

I believe that this whole trip will be a blast, just like the trips I had before or maybe even better! I pray for a safe flight tomorrow. See you after five days!

A Reblog from Blogger – Where I Shall Remain

Good day everyone! As you already know from my previous post, I will be blogging much more regularly from now on, but I did not specify whether that would be on this one or my old one. Well, I hope this ‘reblog’ would clarify everything – it’s this post from IaATR@Blogger but placed in a WordPress format. The the post was written in a Blogger-specific context. Just for the record, there is no convenient way of reblogging Blogger posts on WordPress and vice versa. What you’d have to do to ‘reblog’ is to copy and paste the content like the way I did here. Continue reading “A Reblog from Blogger – Where I Shall Remain”