A lot has happened since I last updated, but it was a really stressful and busy time!
First things first, my brother made it here safely, three hours late. It was really awesome having him here! We went to Petra, Aqaba, and the Dead Sea. He saw the ruins here in Amman, as well as all around the city. It was probably the perfect amount of time for him to stay here, but also the worst as far as timing goes because of midterms and papers. Good news is that I got everything done, and turned in on time. I felt confident about the tests I took, so that’s all I can ask for. All the videos and pictures will be up later. It was nice having someone here from my family, but it did make me a little homesick.
This weekend I am going to Lebanon for spring break. I cannot tell you how excited I am. I have always wanted to go there, but never thought it would be possible. It’s kind of surreal, but I know I will love it. I will be getting my tattoo as well!!! AHHH I just want Friday to be here already. This break could not come at a better time.
As far as things go with my host family, everything is still really great. But through this experience, I have realized that I hate being compared to someone else. Everyone is different, and everyone does things in a different way. I have my own way, and sometimes its hard for others to appreciate that. It’s also good to learn how others do things. A good thing that I think I have learned would be to appreciate another culture, and how the religion fits into the daily lives of the people. There are of course struggles between religion and culture, as well as people, but without this trip I don’t think I would have been able to know or see what my host family has shown me.
Its a weird, but good experience to live with a family here. Literally it’s like going back to high school. Mom is always asking where I am going, with whom, what time will I be back, what did I eat today and am I hungry, telling me everything she thinks and how this is better than that… what to do, what not to do, curfew (!). Oh boy, I’m ready for my own apartment again.
ANYWAY.. I hope all is well back in the states!
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