Facing Reality – Chapter 4

Trouble at the Law Firm Catalina watched anxiously as the black van with darkened windows came to a stop outside her apartment building. She’d been waiting there for ten minutes under the curious gaze of Wes the watchman at the entrance to the apartment building. Ma Black had phoned to ask her if she was interested in seeing the real underbelly of New York and … Continue reading Facing Reality – Chapter 4

Facing Reality – Chapter 3

Mother Black Catalina looked around uncertainly as she entered the restaurant. It was not the kind of place she’d frequent but felt the need to follow through with her curiosity about this young man Figit. The woman had given her a description as to what she’d be wearing, and it was something that couldn’t possibly be missed. She spied her deep inside the crowded restaurant. … Continue reading Facing Reality – Chapter 3

Facing Reality – Chapter 2

Figit All this history had been going through her mind as the taxi negotiated crowded New York streets to her apartment. After paying the taxi and retrieving her packages she was startled by an unfamiliar voice by her side and turned in puzzlement. The voice repeated the question as she turned to face him. “Need help with the packages Miss?” Catalina glanced quickly at the … Continue reading Facing Reality – Chapter 2

Facing Reality – Chapter 1

Catalina Catalina Sanchez alighted from the taxi and used her card to pay for the fare offering a generous tip in cash after gathering her parcels. She could hardly wait to get up to her apartment overlooking the East River New York. It had been a hard day at the Law firm where she worked as an intern and she was grateful to her parents … Continue reading Facing Reality – Chapter 1

Cultural Adaption

Ahmed gazed with astonishment at the children of the family next door playing in their front yard. He was aware the name of the game in English was basketball. Since his family had moved into the neighbourhood from the detention centre where refugees had been processed over countless months he’d lost track of time, and troubles in his homeland were beginning to fade from his … Continue reading Cultural Adaption

Idar-Oberstein

After the excitement of our Amsterdam visit 1995, Utrecht with its centres of learning was a marked change of pace.  The convention in Utrecht now being over we linked up with other touring family members and set off in two cars for our next destination which happened to be Idar-Oberstein. Home to about 50,000 inhabitants, Idar-Oberstein is in a scenic little valley in the Hunsrück … Continue reading Idar-Oberstein

Amsterdam

                                                         June 1995 we were hastily tidying up our contract assignments to hand over to others in Singapore after completion of our term.  We’d completed ten years there, and this was our second and final contract in that city state.  We were soon to move on to the Philippines and back to Educational work. I had one final responsibility, and that was to attend an … Continue reading Amsterdam