Middle Eastern Wedding

Saturday evening, I went to a wedding– where I didn’t know the bride or groom, and didn’t even see either one of them. Weddings here are a lot different than western weddings. First, men and women are separate from each other. I think all the men do is sit around and chew qat, but that’s […]

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Eid al-Adha

My school is on a 2 week break right now for a holiday called Eid al-Adha. I’m certainly not an expert on this holiday, but I will explain it to the best of my knowledge. Eid al-Adha is the 2nd most important Islamic holiday, after Ramadan. Eid al-Adha literally  means “Feast of the Sacrifice”, and […]

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The Philippines

At the end of January, I had a 4-day weekend for the Lunar New Year. I knew I wanted to go somewhere, but I couldn’t decide where. I decided that if I never got the opportunity to go to Asia again, the one place I would regret not going to is the Philippines. Learning from my […]

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Hong Kong

NOTE: When all of this was happening, it felt horrible and stressful. Now it’s just another funny, crazy story. It’s okay to laugh. Over a year ago I went on a trip to Hong Kong and forgot to write about the trip. So now I’m going to write (what I can still remember!) about what I […]

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I’m back!

I’ve been back in the middle east for 2 weeks, and being back has been a good (and interesting) experience. It’s been so nice to reconnect with friends and see all of my students again. Since it’s the beginning of the school year, things are still a bit chaotic, especially for me. There have been […]

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Life in the Middle East: Part 2

For part 2 of this post, I’m going to share about my observations of the country and culture I experienced. I still remember the day I arrived. It was in late March, so it was still cold in the US, but the weather was hot and humid when I got off the plane. I was wearing […]

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Life in the Middle East: Part 1

As most of you probably know, I’ve been back in the US for over a month now, but I’m planning to go back to the Middle East in just a couple of weeks. I’m really looking forward to going back! I love being home and spending time with friends and family, but seeing my friends […]

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I’m here!!!

I have FINALLY made it to the place that I’ve been trying to get to for 3 years. I still can’t believe I’m really here. I wanted to share my first experiences and thoughts with you. My flights were really long and boring, but I finally made it to the airport in Aden. It was […]

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