Living in a foreign country means visits to government offices. An intimidating task, to be sure. There’s a lot of trial and error in figuring out exactly what needs to be done when. And then they change all the rules. For a while this is what is required of me: Take a service (15 passenger … More Immigration
I was supposed to have a lovely weekend. I was supposed to have some friends over to study for our Arabic mid-terms. I was supposed to have neighbors over for a visit. I was very excited for this weekend. In preparation, I decided to make sweet tea and my aunt’s chocolate chip cream cheese bars … More The weekend that changed it all
How do I look? I grew up in America. We wear what we want there. We express who we are through our choice of clothing. Looking around me, life is far from this. Almost every woman is wearing a version of the same long coat and head scarf. The only variation is the number of … More How Do I Look?
I live in the Middle East so it just makes sense that I learn Arabic. I’ve heard that it’s impossibly difficult, but I’m determined to do this. I’m a great student. I love to study. I’ve got this. No problem. The first order of business is to register. After much contemplation, I choose a summer … More Language Torture
Arabs bring the concept of hospitality to a whole new level. I thought I understood what it meant. And the I moved into my new building. Just because I lived in the building, my neighbors considered me a friend. It started with a simple knock on my door. I was being invited to tea withe … More A Lesson in Hospitality