Volunteering, Arabic, Oman, etc.

Hello everyone!

So sorry for not posting in so long, I’ve somehow become very busy although I’m not exactly sure with what. I am working on a capstone project for my program that includes writing a research paper in Arabic, which is surprisingly not as fun as it sounds.

In the mean time I’ve been doing a whole bunch of other interesting things, like taking another trip across the border to the UAE because, guess what, our visas expired again! Somehow it still felt like a surprise even though we knew it would happen ever since we got our six-month visas in November. Maybe it was just surprising that six months have already gone by. I still can’t believe that I have less than two months here and I try not to think about it too often.

When I’m not not thinking about going home (my English is going downhill I guess) I’ve been trying to see more of Oman before I leave. I went with my host family to the Marina on the edge of Muscat where the company my host mother works for was having an event for its employees. They had rented a dhow, or traditional wooden ship, where we sat and enjoyed the weather and being on the water. The dhows are beautiful and the feel like they’ve been pulled right out of Arabian Nights. They are actually a key part of Oman’s history because Oman was a great seafaring power, trading with East Africa, India and other places around the world.

I also participated in a volunteer event dedicated to protecting the environment and keeping Oman free of pollution. I, along with the rest of NSLI-Y and YES helped clean up trash on sand dunes that overlook Muscat and that are very popular for dirt-biking. The vantage point from the dunes was amazing and you could see all the way to the ocean! Not that the ocean is every very far away seeing as Muscat is long and skinny with the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. Still it was a lot of fun and even more exciting was the free ice-cream they had! I also ran into an alumni of my university which was exciting. What a small world!

Anyways those are some updates about whats going on here. We’re about to start our spring break and I’m ecxited to say that my AMERICAN FAMILY is visiting!! They are actually on the airplane as I type this and will be arriving later today. I’m so so happy to see them and am also possibly even more excited for them to see Oman and meet my host family. I can’t wait to see my two families meet – slightly confusing but definitely worth it!






3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alon Vogel
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 14:01:19

    I never heard of “Next year in Muscat” but hope you and your “American family” have a great Passover together – love to all of you!


  2. Kira Plagge
    Apr 11, 2014 @ 12:44:26

    Our family has been thrilled by your experience. Good for you. Jonah can’t wait to explore this option too (seems like you two have similar interests). Tufts is the perfect place for you in the fall.



  3. Allen Israel
    Apr 12, 2014 @ 18:34:41

    This is a great post. I’m sure the next one with your Washington family with you will be great.


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