WHAT a week. I started using public transportation on my own. That has been exciting. I have yet to have a mundane bus ride, to say the least. Also started Arabic classes, so I am thinking I will be fluent in a week or so. Ha! I wish. Arabic is no joke, so I am doing my best but all things like this take time. Have been to the boys centre now a couple of times. It is obviously difficult to get to know them when we don’t speak the same language, but I am trying! Another girl and I made play-doh for them this week. After we explained to these lovely young men that it was not food (because some did try to eat it, no joke), they had a lot of fun. Some sculpted some really great stuff. And then, in perfect boy fashion, after a little while they ended up throwing it at each other. Some things are the same everywhere. J
A few interesting tidbits I learned this week.
-A number of beggar kids like to hang out at the ice cream shop. They will shamelessly put their hand out and ask for your ice cream when they have a large cup of it already in their other hand.
-Almost all of the clothes/scarves/toys/such in the suuk (market) are made in China.
-Ladies, especially single ladies, should not ever go out with wet hair. This is because in sharia law women are required to bathe after married-people activities. So, leaving the house with wet hair gives the wrongggg idea to people.
-There are totally two overdressed guards that stand outside of the doors of the palace. (Which, interestingly enough, is mere feet from a busy road). If you wave to them they will bang their guns and salute you.
-“Rush hour,” or at least the busiest the roads are seems to be around 2-3. Right around lunchtime and about the right time it seems that many people go home and take a nap. Then maybe go back to work. However they are feeling that day.
-When you a stray dog or two coming out of the room when you get there, later when you are sitting on the floor getting schooled at Connect 4 by one of the boys you should not be surprised when you look down to see TICKS crawling ALL over the floor. Omg.
-All of the dry goods you buy from the market should be put in the freezer for at least a day after you buy them. Otherwise your bag of dried chickpeas will quite literally come to life with all kinds of little critters inside.
-Culture stress combined with the crazy heat is serious business. It will wear a sista’ out.
-Geckos that run across my wall make me happy. Upcoming scorpion season, not so much.
Today on the docket I am going to the bus station (a mass of 200+ buses and throngs of people) to meet a friend (which will not be as easy as it sounds) to travel over to the boys centre, to hang out with them for a few hours and stumble over the few Arabic phrases I do know. Should be an interesting afternoon.