First dispatch from the new apartment

We just finished eating a meatloaf made by yours truly
and I must say it was very good. In spite of the lack of a few kitchen utensils, I
stuck it out and made my first meal in our new apartment. Okay, enough
self-admiration, let me talk a bit about our new place. We moved last week up
north into the DC-Metro region and we are loving it. Our apartment is located in Maryland and actually in the middle
of the forest, which makes for delightful, lush scenery every time we look out of
the window.

Deer and squirrels visit us every once in a while. This is something
very unique to my Jordanian eyes. Besides being lush, our neighborhood is so close to some major shopping areas in the heart of the city. It
is also worth noting that the city itself is very ethnically diverse and extremely
cosmopolitan. You find people from all over the world, not to mention the
diverse selection of food and restaurants. The apartment is also quite close to work, making my morning commute no longer than ten minutes. All in all, we are
quite content.

As for the settling in part, well, we are not there yet. We still
need to get some essential pieces of furniture and to unpack a few more boxes.
We have the basics, though. We’re getting there. I’ll post pictures of the place and neighborhood
when time allows. Meanwhile, it’s time to refill my plate with another slice of my superb


  1. Linda August 9, 2005 at 11:45 pm

    I cant wait to see pics of your new place natasha. sounds like you live in a wonderful area.
    by the way, you said your place is close to work. so where do you work now?

  2. Craig Turner August 10, 2005 at 7:10 am

    Natasha, Good to hear you both are at least starting to settle down a bit. I bet it has been some journey from the Middle East, through all your travels, to where you are now, Wow!
    I look forward to your views and writings from the Nations Capital.
    Take care.

  3. Roba August 10, 2005 at 9:11 am

    LOL, a lush green forest setting is fresh change from this.

  4. natasha August 10, 2005 at 11:02 am

    Roba, LOL, yep, it is quite a change. I will do my best to post pictures so that you can see for yourself.
    Linda, I will send you an e-mail with all the details;-)
    Craig, Thank you for your nice words. Yeah it has been quite an adventure to finally settle down in the nation’s capital.
    I have to admit though, it is very exciting here. Everyone in this part of the country seems to be very well-qualified and motivated. This city is simply buzzing with life. I will do my best to keep updating this blog with my latest views and observations.

  5. basbooos August 11, 2005 at 5:43 pm

    hi natasha. its good to hear you’re settling down. i would really like to meet you for a coffee whenever you have time…

  6. Shuaib August 12, 2005 at 7:04 am

    Hi Natasha, I read some of your recent posts all of cool, I am fashion graphic designer in Dubai. Have a nice day.

  7. Jim August 12, 2005 at 12:34 pm

    I can’t wait to read Natasha’s first posts after being stuck in her first Maryland snowstorm. (lol)
    Natasha make sure your husband takes you up to Camden Yards for a nice evening of baseball and then a walk at the inner harbor. Push for a day trip so you can also see Fort McHenry so you can see the flag that inspired Key’s “Star Spangled Banner.”
    Glad to have you here.

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  9. GreenThumb August 14, 2005 at 4:43 pm

    Mubarak for and on the new apartment ,may this move be an on going luck and love


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