While in Colombia, the IAESTE folks did a trip to Santander
I was capable of taking some good photos of some friends and some wildlife before I realized I committed the biggest mistake, forget the camera battery charger...


Fitr Eid 2012

It was officially my first Ramadan away from my family and away from my country. I found it difficult practicing Ramadan in a non-Muslim society and no Muslims to eat with on Iftar time as I'd do in my village with my Muslim friends, family, and relatives. So here I was by myself celebrating Fitr Eid by myself, so I said to myself let me do a virtual card to celebrate it with all who are abroad.

Now I played on the term of Fitr (فطر), for Fitr means to eat and also it means mushroom.
Sa'eed (سعيد) means happy

You do the math!

The Slayer

I was drawing for children book illustrations but I got bored so I had to change for a bit so I drew this slayer

A Trip to Medellin

I had the chance to go to Medellin with some friends I met in RIE
Medellin is nicknamed the city of forever spring!

It truly is spectacular from the nature to the wildlife that are actually coping nicely with the city.
Here are some photos of animals I found there

What I also found interesting was that there was a girl that was standing in front of us in the line to go to the butterfly cage, and I couldn't help but realize the tattoo on her back. It was of Arabic letters.
As I was standing there, I couldn't help but read the text. Everyone was looking at me trying to read the text with curiosity. After I finished reading, my friends asked what did the text mean. She said that it was her parents' names. I think it is a mix between Maghribi and Kufic scripture. I didn't want to break it to her that it is not clear. But hey, she doesn't know and she isn't alone. This shows that letters are truly symbols perceived by people differently, some as shapes others as a form of reading.

Last note: When I returned back to Bogota, I lost my luggage with a Taxi driver... It drove me crazy

Ayuda un Gringo

After I lost my luggage, I released a mini campaign to put aware the Colombians of a foreigner's lost bag. I did the illustration and set out the text and this was shared over facebook and twitter.