Writing is a microbe. Being a journalist is a pleasure. Writing books is a dream come true. As a Belgium journalist my ideas and writings have given me the opportunity to travel extensively through Europe and China, which has resulted in many articles in several magazines and journals throughout Europe, an international Journalism Award in Italy, three travel books and a book on modern Eastern European art. And last but not least my first novel ‘ The Earth has Fever,’ my debut. My writings have also put me on the road to the Sultanate of Oman, to Salalah in Dhofar, the Southern region. The place has inspired me to write the book ‘ The DNA of Salalah, Dhofar. A Tourist Guide’ (English). On general demand I decided to release a second book that was smaller in format, easier to carry around and was in two languages – Arabic and English. “I wanted it to be suitable for two worlds and its readers.” This new book – Treasure Chest Salalah-Dhofar Oman Serial I – also includes more photographs and tips on things to see than the previous edition. This guide had lead me on a journey of discovery and to ‘al’arba.’  Where al’arba talks about the daily life, I then created my website ‘mariastories’ with deeper stories, longer written of people I am interested in and to give you an insight in my books. Thus also an insight in my latest publication ‘Whispers of Oman.’ An e- book and paperback edition based on mainly women stories of Oman. And still…I am dreaming on…

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