This past July I was in Palestine visiting my family. It’s had been six years since I had been last and I can say I won’t ever let life keep me away for that long again. It was so great being in that surrounding again. The architecture, the culture, the warmth of the welcoming people are only some of the things I didn’t realize I missed THAT much until I had returned.
Life is so relaxed in Palestine. The family is the root of the lifestyle. Everyone leads busy lives but their days always start and end with family time. At the end of every day they gather at the grandparent's house in what is called a Ȑsahaȑ, an Arabic word for the courtyard. This is an accustom tradition in Palestinian households. I long for nights where we gathered in the Ȑsahaȑfor warm Middle Eastern tea infused with sage and fresh fruit plucked off the trees in the garden. It’s the simple things.
Palestine is home to many cities, each with its unique spin on Arabian culture. Each with different dialects, cultural niches and specialties and my favorite foods! Brimming with creative artistry, musicians, designers, and people who truly know how to have a good time and are so graceful and full of pure gratitude.
Each square inch is layered with history. Cobblestone streets, aged chipped marble columns and stacked white stones surely would tell the best stories if they could.
Travel is one of the ways I feed into my creativity. Experiencing how other families, cultures, and climates operate generate my ideas and concepts. Can’t wait to see what inspirations from this trip trickle into my designs.
All my best,