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Abdulla Alawadi – artist, curator, designer

How are you spending the summer?

Part with the family; part with myself

Who would be your ideal travel companion (real or fictional, dead or alive)?

Can I choose two? Leonardo da Vinci and Bette Midler… that would cover art, science, music and comedy with an interesting melange of food items. What more would I want?

Will you share your summer experiences on social media?

Not all of it… I like to keep something for myself.

What’s on your summer reading list?

The Angel of History by Rabih Alameddine; Cinder by Marissa Meyer; Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi; Beauty’s Kingdom by Anne Rice.

Do you try to keep up with the news when you’re on holiday?

I try – but I don’t always succeed.

Are holiday selfies ever acceptable?

I try to make them look like I was not paying attention.

What will be your soundtrack to summer 2017?

Lots of jazz and interesting covers of songs I know. ‘Postmodern jukebox’ comes to mind.

If you could go to any place at any time, where would you go and why?

I would like to be a guest of Pope Julius II in the Vatican during the high renaissance when Michelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel, Raphael was painting the Raphael Rooms and Leonardo da Vinci was also there, during the last stages of his life doing work for the Pope.

If you had one top travel tip, what would it be?

Try something new, something outside your comfort zone.

(photo by: Tarek Moukaddem)

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