Esra Alhamal is a travel blogger, artist, and researcher.
Known as the Arabian Wandress, travel blogger and artist Esra Alhamal is this week’s guest talking about what it’s really like to grow up as a female in Saudi Arabia, the beauty of Islamic architecture and her travels as what she calls a Muslim Millennial travelling mindfully around the globe.   On this episode we cover:   How she became The Arabian Wanderess Growing up in Saudi Arabia Getting a scholarship to study in the US Finding Manchester ‘had no technology’ compared to the US Loving the UK once she adapted The US being so vast and diverse Being blessed in Europe with cheap flights and great places to visit Ryanair flights for a fiver Kids restricting cheap holidays Are Saudi women repressed? Sewing, knitting, reading books (pre internet…) Visiting Bahrain for the cinema Restrictions being on both men and women Women permission to leave the country Media focusing on Muslim women supposedly being repressed Being many grey areas Women wearing lots of coloured ‘abayas in Saudi Fewer black abayas being worn In western Saudi women not covering their hair Saudi having a lot of nature rather than just the buildings and the desert Blue Abaya Saudi blogger Being ‘a Muslim millennial travelling the world mindfully’ Trying to be conscious of her environmental impact How it’s easy to find somewhere to stay that’s owned by locals And buy from the locals Travelling as a guest in other people’s countries The particular issues with travelling as a Muslim woman Yet being a hot headed Arab People out there who will judge Muslims on sight Feeling the added pressure to be an ambassador Lisa talking to random people on the tube Esra being much less smiley in London The beauty of travelling in Iran How the architecture in Iran is beautiful enough to bring you to tears The fascinating history of Persia The surprisingly good skiing in Iran Being surprised by the beauty of Bosnia The dark side of recent history in Sarajevo Croatians blaming the Ottomans for things! Learning life lessons in Eastern Europe Eastern Europe being surprisingly nice Meeting two girls on Instagram in Morocco Overbearing salesmen in Marrakesh Seeing a different side of Morocco with the locals in Fez Studying for a PhD in Iranian architecture Her dedication to Islamic art Islamic Illumination Travelling with Art of Islamic Pattern to Spain The breath-taking tile work in Alhambra in Granada The artwork in Barcelona and Madrid Using pure gold to paint her patterns (!) How the Koran would be illuminated with gold Using teaching her art to fund her travels Portugal being more than Lisbon, Sintra or Porto Islamic heritage in the Algarve Avoiding meat when travelling with Halal being hard to find Wanting to have the full experience by eating local as much as possible The impressive vegan scene in Prague John Simpson telling Lisa about eating roasted monkey in the Amazon Is eating a monkey the same as eating a sheep? Whether she feels vulnerable as solo female traveller and also Muslim traveller Find Esra on and
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London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, England, United Kingdom
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38 minutes, 11 seconds
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