I'm undecided on whether privacy is an American value, or an American luxury. As I'm an American and I highly value my privacy, I'm not sure that I have the necessary objectivity to decide. In any case, privacy is very, very, VERY American. America's all about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. Pulling yourself up. On your own. … Continue reading Privacy: It Don’t Exist Here
Nicaragua: Zoom in: Zoom in: There's a Spanish school / farming community I've found there that looks absolutely PERFECT. It's exactly what I want and more - intensive Spanish instruction, a homestay and home-cooked meals, a strong community, farms to volunteer on, and complete immersion. I'll let you know more as it unfolds, but the … Continue reading This Is Where I Want To Be Next Year
dengedenge (pronounced deng-uh-deng-uh) dengedeng: noise dengedenge: it's noisy Because what does noise sound like? "dengedengedengedengedenge..." It's like a bunch of bells ringing.
After a month of cancelled meetings, I finally had another Kurdish lesson with Raz. The first thing she did after I got to her house was show me her engagement photos. Remember when I wrote that photos were a big part of the wedding process? Well, I had no idea. Photos: There was a huge … Continue reading More on Marriage
And I'm happy.
STUDENT (in Arabic): I am in the front of the line because I am a MAN! *beams* He turned 5 in December...
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.
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 –