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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Possibilities


Suppose a certain individual wanted to visit the United Kingdom for a brief time. Suppose said individual intended to stay in London and/or Leicester. What sort of interesting things could be done or experienced beyond the typical tourist draws?

11 Comments:

  • At 5/22/2005 05:39:00 AM, Blogger Julaybib said…

    Salaams

    I live in deepest Yorkshire and no nothing of the sordid delights available to metropolitan visitors.

    However, if you can get past the rather vulgar title, the following book really is an excellent guide to Britain off the beaten track:

    "B*ll*cks to Alton Towers: Uncommonly British Days Out"
    Jason Hazeley, Robin Halstead, Joel Morris, Alex Morris

    Wasalaam

    Yakoub

     
  • At 5/22/2005 08:05:00 PM, Anonymous L.A. said…

    Safiyyah,
    I'm really proud of you. Your blog is beautiful. :) Take advantage of these opportunities. As I said, you only have to be in Toronto for the first 2 years of your studies, and then you should make sure you go out and experience the world.
    Don't let people pressure you about marriage. You're a gifted girl, and you should marry a man who will lift you high. Don't lower your standards. Allah will send the right person. Maybe you'll marry a brother who will want to study with you in the Middle East. Wouldn't that be something special?
    I enjoyed yesterday, Safiyyah. Let's do it again soon, o.k?
    L.A.

     
  • At 5/23/2005 12:06:00 PM, Blogger Safiyyah said…

    Yakoub: Thanks. I will do some more sleuthing when I have the time, and I'll keep your book in mind.

    L.A: Wow, high praise. Your warmth just emanates from your writing. I really do appreciate the advice. Would you mind emailing me personally next time? This blog is read by a lot of strangers, and I have privacy issues. Thanks. :-)

     
  • At 5/23/2005 01:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Why are you asking Saf?

     
  • At 5/23/2005 02:05:00 PM, Anonymous Yusuf Smith said…

    Salaams,

    One great thing about London is parks - there's Hyde Park, Green Park, St James's Park and Kensington Gardens in the city centre (they are all strung in a line, in fact), as well as Richmond Park, Bushey Park and Hampstead Heath further afield.

    I'm not sure if you'll be staying north or south of the river, but popular beauty spots on our side (the south) include Box and Leith Hills near Dorking, which have marvellous views. On the north side you've got Epping Forest. Neither are recommended for lone women, obviously (they're all out in the woods). Epping Forest is reasonably convenient for Muslim areas in NE London. The real Epping Forest is out beyond Chingford; there's an "orphaned" bit down by the North Circular road.

    Friendly communities and good halal food can be found across east London (mainly Indian), parts of west London, and Tooting and Croydon on the south side. Brixton is definitely not recommended - the mosque is run by hardcore Wahhabis and the rest of the town has a huge drug and crime problem because of tolerant policing. There's not much halal food on offer there either.

    Edgware Road is for Arab food (best IMHO is the "Halal restaurants" and Meshwar) and there's a nice Malay place, Mawar, on the corner of Sussex Gardens (under a car park). I also recommend Abu Zad (or is it Abu Zaad? Can't remember how it's spelt) in Shepherds' Bush (Uxbridge Road, W12, near to the Hammersmith & City line station) and the Moroccan Tagine in Golborne Road, W10 (nearest tube stops Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park, on the Ham & City also).

     
  • At 5/23/2005 04:21:00 PM, Blogger Safiyyah said…

    Yusuf, thanks. This is exactly what I'm looking for - the exploring bit. Do you know anything about Leicester?

     
  • At 5/23/2005 04:35:00 PM, Anonymous Yusuf said…

    Not all that much, except that the Markfield Da'wah Centre (which is actually more than that - it's a college, bookshop, hostel and the HQ of the Islamic Foundation) is on the edge of it near the M6/A50 junction. Leicester is also the only major city with a non-white majority (though not a Muslim majority), and has lots of mosques. Big Gujarati and Somali communities. Apart from that, can't tell you much - it's not my part of the country.

     
  • At 5/23/2005 05:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Like I was wondering why you are asking about the UK among all countries?

     
  • At 5/23/2005 07:37:00 PM, Blogger cncz said…

    Leicster means one thing to me: CLOTHES!
    There are so many Indian-Pakistani clothing shops in Leicster that the city could truly be a case study in market economics. There is a vibrant Muslim community there. As far as tourist stuff, I don't know. I did buy my wedding dress there, and I only paid 75 pounds.
    London is sucky sucky. Don't go there unless you have friends you can crash with.
    If you want to go to Manchester, however, I can give you good dirt on that because I lived there.

     
  • At 5/23/2005 09:11:00 PM, Blogger Safiyyah said…

    Sucky sucky. Cncz, you never cease to make me laugh! :-D
    Yes, Manchester's a possibility too. I'll email you for specifics.

     
  • At 5/24/2005 01:58:00 AM, Blogger Yusuf Smith said…

    Salaams, I meant the M1/A50 junction, not the M6 (that is much further west!)

     

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