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Aleeha

Hi! I'm Aleeha, a postgraduate student from Lahore, Pakistan. I'm doing an MRes in Anthropology. Most of my time alternates between mad harried snatches of research work, attempting to cook (for one, regrettably), reading , and walking around Exeter armed with protective rain gear. I'm hoping to chronicle the experiences I have in the time that I'm here (hopefully through humour and food), and give you a little window into what it is like to study and live in Exeter.

Spending an Autumn’s Day in Exeter

 

A blush spreads across the trees. Gremlins, ghouls and freshmen anticipate All Hallows’ Eve and pumpkin spice lattes. It is autumn in England! As a Pakistani who grew up in Multan’s desert heat, autumn was always a briefly snatched season, with the trees barely changing colour before winter arrived. In Exeter, autumn paints trees and vines red and yellow and burns them orange, in a brief little cheer before winter. Drawing on from how I spent a day recently, here’s a guide to an autumn’s day in Exeter. (more…)

   October 19th, 2018    Food and eating, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Postgraduate, The city of Exeter


A Guide to Ramadan

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic Lunar calendar. The start of Ramadan marks a month-long period of fasting. Each fast lasts from daybreak to sundown, and during the fast one abstains from food and drink – but the purpose of fasting runs much deeper. It is meant to be a symbolic reminder of the fleeting nature of material goods, an exercise in patience and empathy, and to inspire gratitude for what one has while understanding how people with less favourable circumstances may feel. The end of Ramadan brings the biggest festival in Islam, Eid (which I like to describe as the Muslim equivalent of Christmas), replete with enough feasting to make up for a month’s fasts. (more…)

   May 17th, 2018    International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous


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