Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pampering and Racing

This has been another weekend of firsts for me. First, I spent two hours being pampered at a spa on Friday morning. Then, today (Saturday) I swam in my first open water race. Between the crystal blue skies, the great … Continue reading

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Customer Service or Disservice?

Last night I was enjoying a nice meal here in Al Ain. I was finished eating and sort of picking at my plate. I noticed something moving on the plate, and figuring my eyes were deceiving me, I stared intently. … Continue reading

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Do you know the schedule for tomorrow?!?

For those readers who grew up in the American school system, what I am about to tell you is going to seem very strange. But indeed, for most of the world, what we do in the U.S. is very strange. … Continue reading

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Got it!!

Licensed to drive in the UAE, finally!!

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I blame Oregon for this!

This has been a frustrating week. It has been so frustrating, that I’m not sure I will even be able to write about it without cursing all over the internet. But I’ll see if I can try. Last week I … Continue reading

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Cooking with gas, literally

Last Saturday my friend and I set out to get gas for our cookers (cooker = stove/oven). We were told by a few people that we could just go to any gas station and get a gas tank. (An aside: … Continue reading

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“I love you, Miss!”

When I walked into my first class yesterday, this was the first thing I heard from one of my new students. “I love you, Miss!” What a great way to start off class!! I hope they continue to say this … Continue reading

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First Abaya

First Abaya

This is my first ever abaya, but the second one that I ordered (see previous post). I will wear this for the first day of school. Please pray that I don’t trip!

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That Black Dress…

Prior to my arrival in the UAE I decided that I really wanted to work at a school where the principal requires all staff to wear an abaya. The abaya is the national dress of the UAE for women (more … Continue reading

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Working Girl

Today was my second day at my new school. Yesterday I went, by myself, to the school to introduce myself and ended up staying all day (well until 1:30pm). When I arrived on Tuesday morning (the non-new teachers had been … Continue reading

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