In the land of milk and honey

A boat passes the London EyeCurrently in the land of milk and honey, we are now in the city that never sleeps, New York. Before I begin babbling to no end about how fascinating this city is and how enchanted I am by what New York has to offer, I will go back in time three days ago and talk about our brief visit in London.

The picturesque BarnesIt was just perfect. On our way here, we decided to stop off in London, a city that occupies a special place in my heart. We stayed three days with my very good friend Pilar in Barnes (right), which is probably one of the most picturesque suburbs in the city. We had such a wonderful time and Pilar was just the most perfect host. She dined us and she wined us, taking us all over the place.

A moment in Times SquareAmong some of the places we visited was Madam Taussaud’s Wax Museum, the London Eye (the main image on the left), the Tate Modern museum, Leicester Square, Millennium Bridge and Richmond. Although I lived for a year in this city back in 2002 during my Masters, I just can never get enough of it. It always pulls me back.

Now here in New York, things cannot be more exciting. From Time Square (on the right) to the Empire State Building, Central Park and Rockefeller Centre, I feel I’m in one huge, long Hollywood movie. I can’t believe I’m actually here wandering the streets of a city I’m so familiar with thanks to myriads of New York-based films I’ve seen.

Anyway, I will write more about the Big Apple when I beat this jet lag. Yeah, it is bad. I can’t seem to adjust this stubborn body clock of mine. Today we have a day of excitement ahead of us including a Sex and the City Tour. Yes, I’m a huge — and proud — fan of this show. I will write more as time allows.

By Natasha Tynes

Iā€™m a Jordanian-American journalist, writer, and media development professional based in Washington, DC.


  1. Habibti, you look incredible in New York!!!! I miss you ktir. I loved the pix of you and Jeff in London. I really need to see that city, despite what I think of the people….

  2. girl you look amazing:) enjoy it to the max and i guess that you’ll be meeting with tania sa7 send her my regards and tell her we all miss her aat the ma3had loads:D have fun i’m going to L.A in november hehehe

  3. Natasha takes a bite out of the Big Apple! Glad to hear you’re having a great time. Sounds like you needed a vacation.
    Come on out to San Francisco if you need some rest. This is a city that does sleep (unlike NYC). It is much healthier.

  4. I didn’t realize you struck a deal with Ramen Noodles, Budweiser, MBC and Panasonic.
    In any case, good to see that you made it in one piece.

  5. Welcome to the US. Glad you are have a good time so far….can’t wait to read more about your adventure.
    And I really can’t help you with the jet lag…I just got over it and it only took two weeks.

  6. Iyas, you forgot a bit of Home Depot. Even just seeing a bit of their ad i can identify it. hahaha.
    Well natasha, welcome to the new land. hahaha. i just cant wait to read more of what you have to say about the U.S. Im glad to see you and Jeff arrived safe and sound.

  7. Welcome to the U S. We are only 3000 miles away from N Y. You know you have a home on the west coast and its open for you and Jeff any time. Just email me and let me know if you coming to SFO I’ll pick you guys up. Enjoy your stay. Is it going to be for good?

  8. Enjoy the best place on Earth.
    If you enjoy Jazz, do go to Smalls, it’s in the village, tiny awesome place (BYOB or Wine).
    I won’t blabber my list of recommendations. Zagat is a must.
    Have Fun.

  9. Heyyy šŸ˜‰ it’s great to have you posting again! Can’t wait to hear what more you will have to say about your new life… Keep exploring and having a blast!! You know what… you should organize a meet-up for the Jordanian bloggers in the states, you, Iyas, Linda, Ameen, Laith, and Ziad too… and all the others I’m forgetting! What do you think??

  10. Hey, il7amdella 3a salametkom! I must agree with all, I missed your posts so much! Great pictures too, they look surreal!
    Inshalla Allah ywafe2kom.
    (yes, all my good wish phrases were taught to me by my grandmother)

  11. Welcome to the US . Is it going to stay “Scribbles from across the Middle East” ?

  12. Natasha, don’t change the slogan on the blog-I love scribbles from across the Middle East!!! Khalas, just keep it like that, plz.

  13. loved the pix… both NY and London… made me feel home sick though… can’t wait to hear more about your adventures in the states xx

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