Saturday, December 31, 2005

Highlights of 2005 , Happy New Year 2006

Reflecting on the ending year of 2005, it has not really been one of the best in the world you are all aware of the events that took place so I'm not going to bore you with them here . But I think for Libya it has not been that bad, it is slowly but surely patching up its relationship with the West in general and the US in particular. I still am not sure if that is such a great thing or not but anything that would lift it out of isolation and get it back on its track is good , details can be taken care of later inshallah.

On the other hand,2005 has been cathartic for me as I've had some closures and made tons of new friends among bloggers and readers. I've met some bloggers in real life also ( Arab and non-Arab) , you know who you are, I'm not going to talk about that , but I would like to say that the bloggers I met where even better than I imagined they would be. The blogosphere is a nice community. I just wish I had the opportunity to meet the others, and I'm planning to meet some more in 2006 !I also wish the anonymous Libyan readers would email me as well. I love you all .


In Libya we do not have a tradition to celebrate the Gregorian calendar New Year, but we do wish people and each other a Happy New Year. So while I will not be partying I shall be relaxing at home with family or chatting and talking to friends online ( note for those who left me offline messages on yahoo or invitation to chat, they may have been lost as my line dropped a lot these last few weeks). Our own Eid al Kabir ( great feast) or Eid al -Adha which comes right at the end of the Hajj will be in about ten days time, while the Muslim New Year ( Hijiri) should be in approximately one month...which is a low key affair. Here are some Islamic holidays.

Anyway I'm not going to write a special post for today although I do have a few controversial topics up my sleeve ( viz. Bulgarian nurses, Ramadan TV series, the Rise of Islamism , yes or no ( for outlaw Michael)? Syria bashing etc..), because anyway you are all going to be busy enjoying your time hopefully with family, friends and loved ones...no time to read the rantings of a Libyan from her rock ;)

However, I would like to leave you with a compilation of my most popular posts since I began blogging , at least this is what the stats tell me are the ones that you guys keep reading over and over or whoever lands on my blog reads.

Scarves, hijab, veil, modesty and the right to choose ....

My night of terror...

Milud, the Prophet's Birthday in Libya..

My trip to Egypt 2004...

Scarves part II...

Replies to your questions I ...

Replies to your question II...

The trip to Syria series One, two, three , four .....and life in Syria... since Syria has been thrust on the international scene it is a popular topic .

The Libyan system of governance ( in theory)... and Thea's impression .

Italian occupation 101 ...where most who searched for Omar Mukhtar got that link there are 3 posts but this one is the most linked to I guess no one wanted to know about the genocide and concentration camps .

Christmas trip to the ME...Egypt, Syria, Jordan..

A midsummer night in Libya...

While some of my personal favourites were:

The motives for western warming towards Libya...

Acts of barbarism...

Eid Al adha in Libya...

My nightmare before Hariri's death which opened 'gates of hell'...


Highlander's blog in Spanish he he he and in Japanese ...I'm blushing, wish these readers would get in touch with me.

Tour of old city in Libya and a synagoge..

Is there humanity or are we all monsters... it's a pity that DNA pulled the plug :( - hope he is reading this and decides to blog again or at least let us know his news.

The black hole...

The Lover....

The purpose of blogging..and blogging in the Arab world.

Katrina and lessons in humanity..

Ramadan TV series ...sequel coming up soon.

Hybrid languages..

And the photolog ...

If all the above are not enough , I'm sure you will find something to your taste in the sidebar. In some of my older posts the comment section had not been activated. If you wish to leave a comment about any of the above please do it on this post and point to wich title it refers, it will just make it easier to all of us :). I always reply to comments by the way.


Peace everyone and happy new year, and as is the tradition here in Libya, I would like to ask forgiveness from each and everyone of you if I have hurt them unintentionally or intentionally!. We all need a clean slate to start a fresh year . سامحوني وكل سنة وانتم طيبين

12 comments:

programmer craig said...

Happy New Year! You're almost in 2006 there now! Still 10.5 hours to go for me :)

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AlanK said...

Happy new year Highlander

hope you enjoy yourself

khadijateri said...

Happy New Year!

zanzibar said...

kul sana wi intin tayba, wi muqadaman 3al 3eid!!

3ejabni ur hijab post(s), i have to agree, about the 'nifaq' bit: some 'muhajabat' libs hum mayetmashash ma3a self-respect never mind anything else...or maybe i'm being a tad judgemantal here...not a good start to the new year :)

Nura said...

My dearest highlander, happy new year to you and all your family! I was smiling when I read your post - even on New Year's while people are making resolutions and thinking about the coming year my lovely little highlander is talking politics and trying to restrain herself from discussing controversies. So cute. I do agree with you though, I have met a lot of people just by blogging and feel very touched each time someone reaches out and shares their experiences with me - this is exactly the reason I started blogging in the first place. And I absolutely look forward to meeting you in 2006 - the invitation to Montreal is still wide open!!! Anyhow, it is evident that 2006 will be the year of new beginnings - that is the best thing about closures, isn't it? And I am excited for the both of us - yalla time for us Libyan ladies to rock a few boats!

lovelytripoli said...

Lovely New Year 2006

Wish you all Good health.
And Successful..
Good Life..
and all your dreams Come ture.
and the things you couldnt` made it on the last year 2005..you Can make it this year Insha allah..

Hibo

Hannu said...

You mentioned that you like shergawi accent so here you go (BTW, my Libyan is kind of accent neutral, I've lived and mixed with Libyans from all over that people get confused identifying my accent):
كل سنة وآنت طيبة يا حنة! ها ها ها...

Wish you well all through 2006. Hope we'd cross paths in the US since we didn't in Syria, Libya, and Malta. Where you ever in Lebanon in the 90s?

You know, sometimes I think you talk about a different Libya, not the one I know. But I've come to realize that us girls get exposed to a limited circle and we take it for granted that it's a representation of Libya and Libyans. I learnt about and got to see other sides of Libya and its people when I left; I got to meet types of Libyans I woud have never met inside Libya. Long story, you and I should sit together and talk about it... set the date!

Highlander said...

Programmer_Craig, Decision (?), Alank,Khadijateri, Zanzibar, , Nura, Hibo and Hanu , a belated thank you and wishing the same to you as well.

Zanzi, this nifaq bit irks me as well ;)

Nura, you understand me so well mish hikki .. thanks for the invitation, if I ever get those visas sorted out for all my projected trips in 2006 I will surely visit you as well .

Hanu : You should hear my Libyan accent, it would make your hair stand out probably . I go almost every year to Lebanon ( in response to your question. I would love to meet you as well, as you know I live in Tripoli but look forward to visit the US this year inshallah - that's the plan bas rabi yiwafikni.

As for the Libya I'm talking about , it may all be in my head ? I may be stuck in a time warp ?

Yes I'd love to sit and talk with you 3an jad I would enjoy and I'm sure we have a lot in common and lots to share, we can do so on yahoo messenger or msn ( hotmail) whichever you prefer and use pc to pc call or even skype ? we can talk phone quality for hours, lets find the most convenient time for you and me and try to get toghether shinu rayik? we can settle the details by email.
Talk to you soon.

MG said...

Hey Highlander,

Sorry for this belated greeting, Happy New Year... kol sana wenti tayeba ..we insh2allah teb2a sana 7elwa

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