My friends generally describe me as adventurous (read: crazy), smart (read: nerd) and unique (read: odd). They kindly say I offer a fresh perspective on things. Here are some reasons why:
I am a world traveller. I believe it is possible to travel too much and I have done it. I’ve only just surpassed 40 countries visited. To many people, 40 is a lot, but I have a friend who has recently celebrated 100. Many of my friends travel more than me, but maybe I’ve lived in more places. Some of the places I’ve called home include: Kosovo, Egypt, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Sudan, Timor Leste, USA and Brazil.
I am an academic. When studying for my PhD in Sociology, I felt alive. I read theories and developed theories of my own. I analysed everything. I loved evenings at the pub when my friends and I would discuss existential issues such as “implications for society of drinking tea with demerara sugar”. Though I was never academic enough to do what some of my colleagues did – like curl up at night with a glass of wine and Karl Marx – I do analyse everything and anyone around me.
I am Christian. Culturally, I’ve always been Christian. Everyone in my extended family is somehow connected to a church, and I wear a cross that was given to me by my grandmother. I also participate in church communities when I can. As for my faith, I love Jesus and believe that Jesus loves me and that is probably the most important fact about me. Many of my best friends do not share my beliefs and I am grateful for so many different types of friends.
I am an introvert who loves people. All this exploring and churchgoing and studying has provided me with a wonderful array of friends. I love them each and am grateful for them all, and I wish there were a village where we can all live together instead of scattered around the globe. Even so, I love spending time alone and spending quality time with a few friends instead of working the room at a huge bash. I’m the person at the party who is sitting in a corner watching everyone.
I am a storyteller.
by Kati Woronka
Mourning Sham is a tale of hope and renewed friendship in the context of a shattered Syria in turmoil.
Dreams in the Medina
by Kati Woronka
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
From the heart of Syria, Dreams in the Medina is a coming-of-age tale which explores the aspirations, passions and tragedies of a group of young Syrian women, who on the surface seem to have nothing in common but who are brought together in the deepest of bonds as they study and live together at the University of Damascus.