The worst question you could ask my (or any) TCKs (Third Culture Kids) is ‘where are you from?’ For Xavier and Anouk, they are from everywhere and their ‘home’ is wherever the four of us are together. During the school year (at the present moment), ‘home’ is Muscat, Oman. For three weeks in the summer, ‘home’… Continue reading sometimes you need ‘home’
Growing up in California’s Bay Area and travelling to Hawaii on a regular basis, I’ve seen my fair share of beautiful sea views. But the only time I’ve seen endless coastline was from the bow of a cruise ship to Mexico. … until we drove from Muscat to Sur in Oman. A few weeks ago,… Continue reading Sur seaside
The ins and outs of beer buying in our new host country.
Many have asked me when I knew I wanted to become a teacher. Was I always born with the passion to teach? No (but my mom would probably disagree as she recounts a story about me standing in front of the neighborhood children who were all huddled on the grass while I nattered on about… something. Everything!) Did… Continue reading when did I know?
Every country, culture, and religion has rules. Each group has behaviors that they deem wrong or abhorrent. In Arabic, they have a word for it–haram. To do something that is haram is to do something forbidden, offensive or objectionable to Islamic law. In other words, you are participating in an act that is considered “against Allah.” As… Continue reading pork, the other white meat
Today marks the first whole week we’ve been in Muscat, Oman. The flights from Amsterdam – Abu Dhabi – Muscat were easy peasy though Rob’s beard caused some issues and required extra security checks (sigh). Within 24 hours of arrival in the country, our shipment arrived and a crew of hot and sweaty men emptied the container,… Continue reading a week in Oman
After 7 years of living on the beautiful African continent our 2nd stint (a.k.a: Africa 2.0) came to an end in June. As a way of reflecting on the past 3 years of life in South Africa, Rob and I sat on the couch in my classroom (on the last day of school in June) and… Continue reading africa 2.0 ends