hanging out in the sun!
My great friend Sanjhana and I on top of her building! What a marvelous place to live….
Excursion to the fjords of Oman last weekend!!
This is one place that blew me away. I will never ever forget Oman. Beautiful hidden jewel of the world.
Thank you all so much for checking into my blog after all this time and being patient with me!
Most sincere apologies for not updating as frequently as I should…the past two weeks have consisted of heavy midterm exams plus papers, so as you can understand, I have been holed up in the exchange office studying away. So far, the tests have come back very positive and I’m so relieved! It has paid off..so thanks for staying with me!
I will be heading to Kenya early tomorrow morning!! I have decided to take my laptop along the ride because I actually have lots of empty space in my bag, surprisingly. I will try my best to upload pics when I get wifi, which will most likely be this weekend and then again at the end of the week. Also I would like to mention how much it means to me to hear from all of you! I have been getting a large amount of emails from family and friends from my home church in Vestavia, and I really do read all of them and am so uplifted. I try to make it a point to email each of you back personally…but as you can see it might take me a little bit! I am getting them though and am feeling so uplifted. Thank you, thank you <3
Ice skating at the Dubai Mall!
Last weekend, my exchange company went on a great excursion to the southernmost state of the UAE called Al Ain. It is about a 2 hour drive from the university in Sharjah, and borders Oman to the Southeast. Al Ain was actually the first capital when the UAE was founded in the 70s, so we were able to tour the compound of the first Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It was a beautiful little compound with large fountains and very spacious and cool adobe-like rooms. We were able to relax under a large tent that the Sheikh used to entertain guests on cooler days.
sitting in the women’s tea room:
After exploring the compound, we hopped back on the bus and went way up to a famous mountain near the border called Jebel Hafeet. It is about 4000 feet above the city, so we had a wonderful view of the vast desert and spots of compounds and malls from the city below. Surprisingly there was a huge hotel resort on top of the mountain, and I can’t imagine what anyone would be able to do on a mountain in a desert, but if you need a good meditation and spa in a Mars looking habitat then this is the place for you. We had great fun and were able to sunbathe at the altitude and take some cool pictures.
Lastly, we were able to experience natural hot springs in a camping site near the base of the mountain. I would have never guessed that hot springs were prominent in this area of the world, but you learn something new everyday! Having flown to Iceland a few years ago and experiencing the Blue Lagoon, I was excited to at least stick my feet in soothing warmth, but instead I almost came out with nubs for feet. That water was HOT. Some of the students were able to stick it out and enjoy it, but most of us spent our time running from bank to bank, pausing very quickly for a picture. Sitting on the bank in the steam did feel very refreshing and prepared us for our lengthy bus ride back.