Monday, August 3, 2009
The World in a Grain of Sand
Correction: format "565" (see banner) should read -- 365.242199, i.e. approximate number of days left in residence at the North Carolinian homestead.
Spent last night with K's co-worker and wife who shared their experiences abroad and offered advice for our pending overseas move. To sum things up: good wine, sweet pork medallions, and plenty of talk about the desert. (Yes, that's "desert" not "dessert," which reminds me of a knockdown fight I experienced as a copy editor years ago...Hello! You can't substitute "dessert" for "desert" just because you think it looks "prettier"!) So, travel to Egypt, yes, and Syria; border crossings into Israel. A definite plus: plenty of outings to the Dead and Red Sea(s). Drum-roll, please ... we're moving to Jordan.
Already researching the country. Hope to start Arabic this month and continue to study at the university or by private tutor once we reach Amman, if it's affordable. We're clearing out clothes and clutter. I'll be on edge until the numbers come through concerning weight restrictions. I mean, let's get down to the most important question: how many boxes of books will I be allowed to take with me?