A Road Divergent

Eat well, travel often.

Hello! My name is Ally and this is my blog, a representation of things that I love and are important to me as I wind my way through graduate school and beyond. I have no overarching theme, other than sharing my thoughts on issues, people, and places near and dear. Some of these include: Family, […]


Orange, passionfruit, pineapple, watermelon, lemon mint. Take your pick! Spotted in Jerusalem, the Old City, around the corner from our hostel. Mohammad assured me that, although he was closing early for Iftar, he would be open again the next morning, and I could grab a juice from him then. And so my temporary addiction was […]


Eaten at a teeny tiny Lebanese restaurant in “The Shuk” (Marhane Yehuda Market) in Jerusalem. Endless vendors with everything you can imagine on display and for sale. I was overwhelmed the first time I visited, and only managed to purchase some passionfruit tea (which is excellent served cold, the salesman assured me). But don’t worry, […]

Little Petra

Pure Poetry

“I will never understand why you held me if you were afraid of warmth. You should have known I was a fire.” – Rupi Kaur



I just purchased my own copy of “Milk and Honey” Rupi Kaur’s first book of poetry. From her website,

“Rupi Kaur’s first book “milk and honey” is a collection of poetry and prose about survival.  It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. Split into four chapters, each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. ‘milk and honey’ takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look. ” 

I read through this book at breakneck speed. Next time I will stop and savor each word. An easy task, since most of her poems are short and sweet, taking you a moment or two to realize their full intensity.

Her artwork is minimal and beautiful as well.

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I intend to read this book over and over. And over.

Old View, New Friends

This photo was taken from one of my favorite rooftops in Amman, the Old View Cafe. The rooftop terrace is decorated with hand-painted lanterns that swing in lovely night breezes mingled with argileh smoke. Black and white photographs grace the walls of the staircase leading, three floors up, to this little piece of evening paradise, which I think is one of the best views in Amman. A cold karkade tea, a game of hearts (or six) with friends, and some good people watching make for a great night anywhere, but feel particularly sweet in this tucked-away little treasure of a cafe.