Friday, September 16, 2005

104.5….

No, not my new favorite radio station. No, not how hot it was today. No, not the number of times I have wanted to call you all but realized it was 3:oo in the morning (your time). No, 104.5 has taken on a new meaning entirely. It now represents the temperature my body rose to last weekend landing me in the hospital for a good 5 days!!!

You know what they say, ‘Go big or go home’!!!

So, somehow I managed to get pneumonia in the middle of the friggin’ desert. Don’t even ask because I have no earthly idea how this happened. Apparently, it is pretty common here…..who knew? My little stint in the American Hospital meant that I missed the first two days of school, which I was kind of bummed about. However, now I think it is working to my advantage. When I finally did show up to school, the students and faculty were all so concerned and offering to do just about anything for me. While I am seriously pondering the notion of milking this one for all it is worth the reality is that I am on the mend….feeling great, in fact. Getting pneumonia has become just one more memorable experience in this epic journey abroad.

Last week was my first full week at school. I love it so far. The students are amazing. Really respectful, sweet, interested, and so, so diverse. I literally have students from every nook and cranny of the world. It is great because they have such unique perspectives on school, the world, life, etc…. Makes for some interesting discussions, that is for sure. Great school or not, it is certainly a shock to be back at work full time. I know, I know, all of you non-teachers are not feeling particularly sorry for me, are you? I love teaching but darn it if summer doesn’t disappear too quickly…can I get amen. AMEN!!!

As for daily life in Dubai…I just don’t have any complaints. I am living such a privileged life here….that might be the hardest thing to get used to. For example, every Monday my maid (yes, maid) comes to clean my apartment and iron my clothes. When I go to the grocery store, a man walks me all the way back to my apartment and carries all my bags. I spend days at the pool or nestled in a cool coffee shop and nights hanging out with some of the most fascinating, diverse, and HILARIOUS people I have ever met. Last night, for instance, I went to dinner by the Creek with 4 friends: Tom (50ish science teacher moved here from Syria, smart and so sweet, enjoys being the designated driver which comes in handy), Ben (music teacher, also smart, and quasi-dorky but then also cool), Brad (one of my 2 sidekicks these days which should automatically clue you in to the fact that he is super fun and way cool), and Castro (Spaniard, ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS, so genuine, so sweet, my “yang”). We just walked down to the water from our apartment complex, caught a water taxi across the Creek, had dinner at an Iranian restaurant, sipped coffee, and smoked shiesha (a local custom….sweet flavored tobacco smoked out of a large water pipe….yes, it is legal!!!!). It was so much fun. Good times…..they are pretty easy to come by in these parts.

Of course…..I am missing each and every one of you. I think about you all often and just hope with all my heart that you are well and enjoying life to the fullest. Thanks for all the sweet messages, cards etc…it is so nice to feel a tad bit in the loop even though you are so far away. Whelp, off to plan for yet another week of school.

Oh, I’m not sure how much it would cost but here is my phone info if you get the urge to call : 011-971-50-719-6205

Peace in the Middle East.

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