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A nice day in Coventry

Monday, May 25th  was a bank holiday in the UK, and I was invited by my friend Yuliya from the International office of Aston University to spend the day with her and her husband in Coventry. I have known Yuliya during a business trip for her to Egypt few weeks before my travel grant in Aston University. Yuliya and her husband are really good company and I enjoyed the day with them. We visited St. Mary’s Guildhall, St. Michael Cathedral, the new Cathedral where we listened to lunch time music at the cathedral, then visited the Transport museum, and we had a delicious lunch.

The old St. Michael's Cathedral of Coventry which was bombed in WW2 and the one of the unique buildings (Courtsey goes to Yuliya)

The old St. Michael’s Cathedral of Coventry which was bombed in WW2 and the one of the unique buildings (Courtsey goes to Yuliya)

Old buildings of Coventry

Old buildings of Coventry

The circle denoting the timeline of Cairo among other cities in front of the Transport museum of Coventry

The circle denoting the timeline of Cairo among other cities in front of the Transport museum of Coventry

Would you like to have a ride? :) (The transport museum)

Would you like to have a ride? 🙂 (The transport museum)

The Status of Lady Godiva in the centre of Coventry

The Status of Lady Godiva in the centre of Coventry

Me with Yuliya and her husband at Coventry

Me with Yuliya and her husband at Coventry

Yuliya with me and my wife at Cairo

Yuliya with me and my wife at Cairo

The ruins of St. Michael old cathedral

The ruins of St. Michael old cathedral

Some of cooking recipes… Bon appetit :)

I enjoy doing my shopping and cooking food at home. I try everyday to imagine and make new dishes.

With some of my favorite dishes:

Grilled eggplant and vegetables with minced beef and garlic.

Grilled eggplant and vegetables with minced beef and garlic.

Couscous with seafood and vegetables

Couscous with seafood and vegetables

Boneless chicken legs grilled with onion, garlic, lemon juice and eastern herbs

Boneless chicken legs grilled with onion, garlic, lemon juice and eastern herbs

One of my favorites; Sea Bass fish stuffed with garlic and parsley grilled in the oven with vegetables. Don't forget to add some olive oil and lemon. Side dish: grilled eggplant mashed with crushed garlic and seasoned with salt and spices.

One of my favorites; Sea Bass fish stuffed with garlic and parsley grilled in the oven with vegetables. Don’t forget to add some olive oil and lemon. Side dish: grilled eggplant mashed with crushed garlic and seasoned with salt and spices.

Rice and steamed broccoli topped with lamb meat.

Rice and steamed broccoli topped with lamb meat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My first Run in Japan after a long vacation (Running means I started working)

12 August 2015: http://www.plotaroute.com/route/103731

2nd of May 2015

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This week’s run was planned differently, but while starting my run I glimpsed a couple running in front of me, so I followed them until I reached the Canal side near Aston then I continued my run. A 3.5 miles, but some parts a was a little bumpy.

The link for the route

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In the 9th of May I explored a new running route from Aston University towards Tame river of Birmingham.

The link for the route

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Yesterday was my first visit to Birmingham symphony Hall. I am actually not so familiar with similar places, however my idea totally changed after visiting this one. BSH is one of the most popular halls with very spectacular events. For my good luck I found a couple of excellent events to attend this month. There is the Lord of the Dance (The most famous Step dance performance around the world), The Piano Guys (over 20 million views on YouTube), Frank Sinatra JR. (for a journey with memories), and much more. I am so confused which one to attend. I have to choose one for budget reasons 🙂

I will listen to my wife’s advice and go for the Dangerous Games (The lord of the Dance)!!!

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A photo from the original show I attended

Lord of the Dance Dangerous Games Palladium Official Theatre size

Photos from the WWW

Culture comparison

When visiting a new country the first thing that rises in your mind is comparing it to your previous experiences in other countries or to your country itself. That what happened to me personally when my legs stepped the UK. As I come originally from Egypt, and lived in Japan for 5 years I had to compare the 3 countries side by side. I will refrain from criticizing too much, but rather transfer a brief thought for each.

Egypt; my homeland is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth, with a nice clear weather allover the year. Illiteracy, poverty, and health are really challenges. People need much effort to return back on the track.

Japan is a mind-peaceful place where you can see PERFECTION everywhere, but difficult for long-term living without excellent Japanese language abilities. Indeed an island!!

UK, based on only a short stay, a historical multicultural environment and perhaps a nice place to live, but the dreary weather is an issue.

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The river Nile at Aswan, Egypt

Rice fields in Shirakawago, Japan

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A street view near Victoria station, London, UK

      

Hello world!

Happy to be here in Aston University for 3 months as a part of Newton’s fellowship program. I’m hosted in Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA), where I do research related to the effect of fatty diet on breast cancer. Three months is short in terms of scientific research, however I am keen to efficiently use my time in research as well as exploring the world around.

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Big Ben from Trafalgar square, London