Diala, The Explorer

To kick things off, I figured it would make the most sense to tell you all a little about myself in my first ever blog post (shameful, I know but better late than never πŸ˜‰ ) to give you a little insight and understanding on who I am and what I do.

For starters if you have an addiction for nature and have a love for traveling and exploring, then you’ve come to the right place!

Diala and Yasmine Shuhaiber

The most important thing you need to know about me is that my best friend in the world is my sister. She’s the one on the left, I’m on the right… πŸ™‚ We literally do everything together and she has inspired a lot of my work, supports everything I do and gives me the best advice I can ask for.

My Favorite things are: Ice cream, abandoned places, anything vintage, beautiful doorways, mysterious alleyways, colorful buildings, awesome street art, stunning waterfalls, rocky cliffs, secret beaches, dogs and bunnies, my friends and my family.

I was born on the 28th of March, 1984 which makes me an Aries born in the year of the rat, with a slightly complicated background, having a mix of Lebanese, Palestinian and Greek blood, whilst born in London with a Kuwaiti Nationality.

Although I have a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, my whole life revolved around music, art, nature, history and photography, and I remember picking up my first camera when I was five. Well it wasn’t mine, it was my dads, and it was a Nikon SLR which I kept stealing for my little explorations in the garden or around the house (as that was the only place a five year old could venture) and using it until I busted it at the age of nine. (For those wondering, I didn’t get into too much trouble, as by that point, my parents had gotten used to me breaking things after busting their TV, coffee table and their balcony door, amongst countless precious vases, photo frames etc. I was quite an energetic and mischievous child, without the intent to be so. lol) It was then that my love affair with photography began and it has been an ongoing love story ever since.

Anything to do with art, I have always loved and enjoyed. From creating music on the piano and guitar, to working on the ceramics wheel, to sports and activities, you name it. But nothing was a constant in my life like photography. Ask anyone who knows me, they can’t remember a time when I was with them and not taking a photo of something.

I think part of my creative process was helped by the fact that I moved around a lot during the course of my life. As I mentioned earlier, I was born in London, my family then proceeded to move to Kuwait, Zimbabwe, Japan, Spain, Tunis, Switzerland and I eventually settled in Lebanon, with a short two year stint in Dubai.

Despite all the traveling, one thing always haunted me, and it was my fear of flying which was paralyzing my travels. I knew I had to overcome this fear, because I am at my happiest when I am traveling somewhere, photographing something. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten over my phobia, fortunately I somehow manage to get myself on that plane and I’ve decided to just to be scared and live with it.

So now that you know a little bit about me, I’d love to hear a little bit about you. Whoever you are, you have taken the time and interest to read this, so I would love to know where in the world you are, who you are, what you love, what you fear…

I will leave you for now, as I would like to prepare my next few posts that I would like to publish. Stay tuned for some wonderful destinations, photos and tips to give you the truly best travel experience possible!

Travel blogger | Diala Shuhaiber | Photographer

Love and leave you,

Diala Shuhaiber

xoxo

P.s Did I mention how much I love Ice cream? :p

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