Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and known as the “Gate to the World.” It has one of the main ports in the world and was the port of exit for millions of Europeans who left for North America. As a port city, Hamburg also has a rich history in trade with the entire world. As someone who has lived and studied in Hamburg for several years and grown up in the metropolitan region of this beautiful northern city, I have a special relationship with the city and can give you the list of the six things to see and do in Hamburg.
When I wrote my post on zero waste I mentioned some ways to reduce trash in general. I have since found that cutting down on plastic is much more difficult than it seems, especially here in Greece. There are some things that are relatively easy, but others need more effort. These are the things that I find easy, difficult, and a little bit of both when cutting down on plastic.
Intersectionality and the privilege of white vegan men are finally being discussed at a higher rate in the vegan movement. However, many people still don't understand the terms "intersectionality" and "privilege" - and others outright refuse to acknowledge these concepts.
Muslim women who don’t wear hijab are in the unfortunate position to get a lot of outrageous comments from Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
While I understand that non-Muslims don’t necessarily know a lot of things about Islam and may want to ask certain questions there are some things that are really insensitive. Some questions are better left to Google if you’re not willing to actually read a book on the matter.
On the other end of the spectrum, many fellow Muslims tend to feel like somehow their commentary is actually welcome.
In order to make things very simple for everyone, I hereby present to you the twelve things you should never say to a Muslim woman who doesn’t wear hijab.
These are some things that I've been loving lately.
The first time I traveled to Rome was in the summer of 2000. It was a school trip, and, unfortunately, our teacher thought it would be a great idea to stay at a convent where rules mandated that we had to be in our rooms by 11 pm. Aside from that, it was a cool trip, and because it was a school trip we obviously had to do presentations on all the sights. After nine days we felt like we had seen absolutely everything and taken in all the information we could, so we were okay with leaving the next day.
H&M is one of the most well-known fast fashion brands in the world with thousands of stores on all continents. The retailer’s success is based on low prices and aggressive marketing, including collaborations with high-profile celebrities. As any big company, H&M is interested in profits and nothing more. A lot of money is spent on their marketing campaigns and the décor in their stores. The prices are kept low so that the lower middle class can afford to shop there, and yet Stefan Persson, the son of H&M founder Erling Persson, is one of the richest people in the world. His son Karl-Johan Persson is currently the CEO of H&M. How is that possible when we, the consumers, have to pay such low prices, and H&M spends so much money on advertising and nice locations?
I have a lot of websites in my bookmarks: vegan and cruelty-free makeup lists, all sorts of blogging advice, online stores, recipes, Qur’an translations, a lot of things related to academia, links related to my studies, entire scientific articles, booking websites, news websites, job search websites, universities, photography tips, yoga schools, overall just a lot of stuff that I want to be able to read again when I want.
As usual, before flying to Rome, I checked for vegan listings on HappyCow. I got quite a few results, but the problem was that most of the vegan restaurants were a bit far from the city center. As we already didn’t live close to the center, I didn’t want to waste time during our short stay to go to an all-vegan restaurant seeing as Italian cuisine is generally quite accommodating. That’s why we ended up going to places that all had vegan options but were not strictly vegan, or even vegetarian.
I previously wrote about Islam vs. Feminism and Islamic Feminism.
As much as I and other Muslim women wish it weren’t, the hijab is the subject that everything comes back to with regards to women’s rights in Islam. Since there is no way of avoiding this topic, I might as well confront it head-on (no pun intended).
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.