I'm on a kibbutz, it's 80 degrees outside, there are palm trees lining the sidewalks, pink flowers are blooming, the sky is pure blue. There are no Christmas trees, baubles, tinsel, snow, or fairy lights. No mittens, scarves, down jackets, or boots. Just sandals, loose hair, cotton shirts, and sunglasses. I don't want to be … Continue reading Happy Christmas Eve!
And yesterday I was in Jordan (Petra), and the day before that I was in Suli. Vacations are the best. I might have forgotten to mention that my winter break started on Friday and that I was travelling to Israel. But I'm here, and enjoying myself IMMENSELY, and realizing all the things I've missed while … Continue reading I’m in Eilat
He's apparently in stable condition.
Just keepin' on keepin' on in Kurdistan. Also, Jalal Talabani, the first Kurdish president of Iraq, has had a stroke.
I was out sick from work today, but in order to not have my pay cut, I needed a doctor's note. Which means that I had to go to the hospital, with whom the school has connections. One of the school drivers, took me to the hospital. We walked right past the Asaish officers, through … Continue reading The Way Things Work
IN KURDISH. It's clicking. Sa'ada and I went to the bazaar today after work (to look at cameras! gonna buy a DSLR this week, inshallah!), and on the taksi ride home our driver was a guy in his mid-twenties. He started off in the typical way: 1) Where are you from? (I said America, and … Continue reading Just had the best conversation –
FIRST NIGHT OF CHANNUKAH WOOOOO! I bought some candles in the bazaar today! They're birthday candles! But they fit perfectly in my menorah! CHANNUKAH! I'm having a few American friends over on Wednesday to eat latkes and drink wine (because we Jews love the wine). I've only told about 4 people here that I'm … Continue reading CHANNUKAH!!
And with FRIENDS, too!!! FRIENDS!!! I feel so lucky, masha'allah. So I met another English teacher in town, Gwen, and she's just wonderful. She could be a Whittie. That's one of the best compliments I can give her. And I've recently connected with an Arabic teacher from the school, Sa'ada. She's from Lebanon, and is … Continue reading Ahmed Awa, OKHAI (FINALLY)!