Wednesday, June 8, 2011

You say ma'a salaama and I say marhabbah!

Well, school. is. done. Yepp. It was definitely weird to hug everyone goodbye and then walk out the door today. For most of my classmates, today signified the end of being sophomores and the beginning of being juniors--upperclassmen. For me, today meant leaving behind my school until senior year. Weird. Walking out the door today really made me think. I'll be missing out on a crazy amount of stuff--classes, weird teachers, inside jokes, friendships, everything. At the same time, I'll be having my own wonderful adventures with Arabic, souqs, camels, deserts, beaches, school, friends, host family, OMAN. But I'm still a little bit sad about the whole thing. My high school has become a weird sort of home for me. There are parts I love and parts I can't stand. But there it is. I've spent two years there. And now I'm leaving. Yeah. Goodbye, and also hello to a whole new adventure

On a less reminiscing note, I have two days of summer until Arabic starts! Then comes DC with the YESers (heck yeah. I'm ridiculously excited), more Arabic, some travel to see grandparents, and OMAN!

And because this post is kind of boring right now, here's some nice Oman landscape pictures!

These are the Jebel Shams. Tall mountains near Muscat :)

Wahiba Sands!

This is near Salalah, Oman :)

Here's a nice view of the coast!

As you can see, Oman has quite a bit of diversity in a space about the size of Kansas. I can't wait to see this great country for myself!!

That's all for now!

PS- In case you didn't guess, ma'a salaama means goodbye and marhabbah means hello :)


  1. WOW! I just stumbled upon your blog from my friend Grace's blog (who is doing Japanese exchange this summer) and I am so surprised. I haven't seen someone who's going to the Middle East for exchange. What an incredible experience that'll be! Surprisingly, from the pictures you linked to, it looks very pretty. What do you think the biggest issues will be for you while you go over there?

  2. I will live vicariously through you! And you leave in about 3 months! EEEK!

    Although Germany is pretty darn awesome too :)

    I am so excited for both of us!

  3. Kate- From what I've heard from former YES Abroad students to Oman and many others who have ventured there, it's a country that manages to keep its historic past and culture while embracing the present-day world. Women have incredible rights for that area and even serve in high-up positions in the government! From what I've heard, Oman is the exception to the Middle East rule :) So I guess I really just face the normal exchange student issues of cultural barriers--the kind of thing seen everywhere. And you're right... it's not a common destination! There have been a total of 4 exchange students to Oman... ever! This year ther are actually 5 of us going, though :)

    Sarah- 2 1/2 months, now!! :) I can't believe we're almost INBOUNDS!

  4. I should hope so. I don't think our government would let you go somewhere that's not safe! XD It's refreshing to hear about someone who's going to an uncommon place. The food looks amazinggggg!

  5. Oh my goodness I'm so excited :D I'm going to gain SO much weight next year.

  6. hi Emma - what a year you will have - your coast picture is up north in Musandam - its called 'Khor Al Najd '