So 2012 is here. The Mayans predicted it would be the end of the world. I, on the other hand, believe that this will be one fantastic year.
Apparently I'm an Arab prince. At least, that's what my friends used to call me when I first moved to Vancouver.
Have you ever been at a dinner, a party, or any social gathering with Canadians where the topic of being a newcomer comes up? Since moving to Vancouver, I've noticed that people will often say something that leaves me feeling uncomfortable.
It's always with a little glee that people who know me ask me to bring out my I.D. in gatherings.
With Eid al-Adha around the corner on Monday November 7, I remember how I spent my first Eid in Canada last year—I ate burritos.
Vancouver is full of international students—but what are some of their stories?
Mohamed (or Mo) is an Egyptian Bahraini who has worked in Bahrain as a reporter and columnist. In September 2010 he came to Vancouver, British Columbia to pursue his Masters of Journalism at UBC. Mo is passionate about starting dialogue between people from different backgrounds through multimedia platforms. He's editor-in-chief and president of Perspectives, a UBC-based student publication about intercultural dialogue and diversity.
Mo is also a poet, avid sushi-eater, tea-fanatic, cultural commentator, media analyst and occasional activist.
Follow his bilingual (English and Arabic) tweets @Algarf.