Though I am extremely excited to see my family and friends again, I am dreading the thought of going home. I will miss the laid-back atmosphere, Omani people, foods, friends and family, culture, and way of life here. I worry that integrating back into my fast-paced life back at home will be wearying.
After a day of saying goodbye to teachers at school with many hugs and email exchanges, that fact that I only have a mere 14 days left is overwhelming. We have a busy schedule over the next two weeks with Arabic classes, end-of-year orientation activities, and farewell dinners. It will a busy two weeks with the addition of milkas and weddings to attend, spending time with friends, getting a suitcase (woops, I have way to much stuff now), saying goodbyes to extended family, getting items to being home, and the most dreaded process—packing.
*The picture above was taken by my host cousin—Hiyam Al-Jabri—and is from a fun milka (wedding celebration) that I attended last week!
One Month Left!
annieovt asked: Do young men and women "date" like they do in the US?
Hello Annie! Thank you for your question; it is a good thing to mention on the blog. I will express a more personal opinion on the whole thing when I get home…
Dating isn’t as common, but it certainly does happen. Even so, young men and women do not date like they do in the US. In most cases, couples date in secret and do not share it with their families.
I do not know what else to say at the moment (for the blog), but I will have more to tell you later on.
Anonymous asked: What advice do you have to next year's YES finalists? To Oman and otherwise!
Hello! Thank you for your question, and I am sorry that it has taken me quite a while to get back.
My best advice would be to practice the language you will speak in your host country as much as possible and learn as much as you can about your host country’s history and culture. Don’t think too much about leaving your friends and family or about the uncertainties lying ahead. If you know your host family ahead of time, get to know them and learn their names! I discovered who my host family was in the airport on the way to Oman and I really wish I had known earlier. Make sure you pack smart and bring good suitcases that won’t be a pain. With packing, speak with students from the year before about what they brought, what they wished they’d left behind, ect. I know I have a long lists of things I’d brought, left home, and things I’ve found useful. I will make a post about making your year abroad soon, (though it will be more specific to Oman).
While you are in your host country, make the most of your year. Time passes so quickly, it’s unbelievable… Practice your host country’s language diligently, get to know your host family, and stay busy. Finding things to do at times can be tough, but every YES country is different. Definitely enjoy all of the food that you can while you are abroad. You will certainly gain weight, but that is alright : ) Hmm what else… Keep a positive and optimistic attitude! You are bound to feel just a tad homesick or down at times, but just keep reminding yourself of how lucky you are to be living abroad on a full-scholarship, living with an awesome family, getting incredible exposure to culture, and experiencing something very unique and special.
Anonymous asked: What kind of camera do you use? Your pictures are really nice.
Thank You! I use a Nikon D3100. It is pretty inconvenient to carry around, but it takes nice photos.
—MIyan 2lby Mlyan
Yes, all of my classmates and cousins may be more interested in American Top 40, but Omani songs do exist. This one in particular is specific to Salalah—A southern area in Oman.