I hope that you feel good here in Bethlehem. Today I would like to introduce myself better. So let’s start! My name is Sylwia Hazboun and…
- I’m a polyglot and I’ve never planned to become one. Well, I’m Polish so my native language is Polish of course. I also write a Polish version of “Your Bethlehem” here. And even though I write this blog in English, I don’t consider this language my strong attitude. I was studying it since the first grade in primary school, but I discovered the wonderful world of languages afterwards… I’ve started with French and became very good in it in high school. Then I decided to study Arabic at the university. By chance I’ve learned Spanish (fluent) and Italian (conversational). I also had additional classes of modern Hebrew and I’ve been learning some Russian for a while. But of course I’m the most proud of Arabic since it was the biggest challenge for me. I’m in love with spoken dialects of Arabic even though we were mostly studying the official (Modern Standard Arabic) at the university. So I made friends with Youtube and Lebanese series. Then I made friends with Palestine and Jordan. And now I’m fluent in Levantine dialect of Arabic 🙂
- I love translating. It’s somehow connected with the first point and I’m never bored of searching for the best match for an expression digging into dictionaries and internet. I like understanding people and make others understand each other.
- For years I’ve been working as a volunteer and I was dreaming of working in humanitarian aid. All my free time during my studies was full of volunteering projects. And yes, dreams come true for those who persistently follow them. But I think it’s not the time yet to mention it 🙂
- I’m married 🙂 My husband is Palestinian from Bethlehem. Probably if not because of him, I would never create “Your Bethlehem” because I’ve come up with this idea when I was living in Palestine. Well, for now we can’t live there, but we plan to come back one day and settle in Bethlehem.
- Apart from “Your Bethlehem” and its’ Polish version I also write a lifestyle blog for women in Arabic. You can have a look at it here. It’s probably the most pink place on the internet. And I write about personal development, because…
- … I’m a coach. OK, recently graduated from coaching school and I’m still working on this. But I love it already! If I could start new studies now, it would definitely be psychology.
- I love reading.
- I’m an auditory learner.
- I play piano and guitar. Sometimes write songs.
- I have alto voice.
- Morning is my favourite part of the day.
- I can ride a horse, but unfortunately I’m not very good at that. I’ve been doing it since I was 14 but one day my progress just stopped.
- I waited 26 years and one week until I finally ended up on ballet class. And I do it once a week 🙂
- Even though I was raised in the mountains, I can’t ski.
- I was raised in an ecumenical Catholic – Pentecostal family. It had a huge influence on what do I think about inter religious quarrelling. In short… I hate inter religious quarrelling.
- Taize is my second home.
- Apart from publishing a book, I would love to go on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela on foot.
- The most fascinating thing in the world for me is the Otherness. Whatever is different than me, will always catch my attention. That’s why I think that the believers should make friends with atheists. Not to mention people from different backgrounds, languages, views, lifestyles.
- I can’t live without chocolate.
- I don’t think I’ll ever cut my hair short.
- Can’t come up with the last one! 🙂
And how about you? How did you find this super weird site on the internet? Maybe you were looking for some information about the current situation on the Middle East? Planning to visit the Holy Land? And then ending up with reading about one crazy Polish girl writing about Bethlehem? Introduce yourself!