Today’s blog post is going to be more personal, I want you to know ME more, about Zeina! and more about why I started this blog!
Age: 25 years old (OLD)!
Nationality: Iraqi, Arab.
Education: Chemical engineer and MBA holder.
Status: Single (haha).
WARNING: this is going to be long Post!!!
One upon a time there was a girl name Zeina and that girl decided she wants to travel and here is her story.
Before finishing my degree, I decided that I want to study masters outside the country, for one single reason I wanted to be independent, I wanted to find the real Zeina.
I applied for a British university in Uk and for 6 months I arranged everything from papers to paying my whole university fees. The big shock came when my visa got rejected simply for being an Iraqi. I was depressed, I knew I was meant to do something but all my dreams crashed. SOMEHOW God send me a message (British university in Istanbul)! Going to Istanbul was the best thing I ever did in my life!
In Istanbul, I Lived! I found the real me and I found out that I am meant to do good things in life!
I met sooo many people, people loved me and some people hurt me! All of this made me the person I am Today and I am grateful everyday for this!
Why did I started blogging
As a Hijabi woman from a country that is now known for war and destruction, I wanted to make a difference ( As lame as it is) I really want to leave a good and proud Image of Iraq, Women and me to the world.
I wanted to show everyone, That Women especially Arab women can do anything they want! I wanted to show that a normal Hijabi woman like you and me can do something! And thats why I started blogging!
Although I started a travel blog! Its very hard for me to travel because of my passport! I got rejected 3 times to go to Europe because I am a single, Iraqi girl!
How did I Start
One afternoon in my lovely Istanbul, I decided that I will start a blog, I opened my laptop and searched ” How to start a blog for free” cause I was poor, AM STILL POOR! many sites pop up and after a bit of research, I created my 1st blog post 101 guide to your 1st week in Istanbul.
After that, I bought my domain with the money I had ( 15 TL) and after 2 months my awesome brother bought my hosting! Babysteps!!
At the end, I am a simple woman just trying to make things more positive and more bright. I know this wasn’t a travel related material but I hope you liked it! If you have more question feel free to reach me.
Thank you all so much <3 Till next time.
Facebook Page The Zeina Diary.
An Iraqi/ Hijabi Travel blogger. Trying to make a difference! I want to empower women and Iraqis in specific.
However, I faced a lot of obstacles because of my Passport, I don’t have the luxury to travel to many countries, but I will continue to believe in myself and the world.