1. The Edge of the World in Riyadh is noooo joke! And I climbed that!!! See pics/vid on IG for details.
2. Still haven’t learned how to properly put on a hijab.
3. I know a lil Arabic doe! Mas Mouki?
4. As hot as it is (90+ everyday), I love to sit outside for lunch.
5. Sand and someone else’s hair will always find their way into your apartment.
6. For Me, 2014 is The Year of the Discomfort Zone!
7. Women are awesome! I’ve met some dope, beautiful women out here who remind me that there’s more work to be done and more life to live!
8. In 2014, I have a pen pal. Lol, memba those??!!
9. I’ts 115 degrees as I’m typing this. Now, where in NY have you seen a dang 46 Celsius on the forecast??
10. Having dinner at an Eritrean family’s home has been my most memorable, traumatizing, and hilarious experience in Saudi Arabia thus far! See the Gram for deets.
11.Yeah women are awesome and all that good stuff from #7, but having my own apartment has DEF made the difference. With all the time we have to spend together (work, travel, etc) I need my space!
12. I know how to make chicken and rice Somali style for at least 4 people! Yes, I’m hype.
13. My apartment has room for me to walk around, breathe, store things and more. I know, difficult concept for my hometown folk.
14. This journey is so much more than location. God is using this place as a vessel for Him to work on/in me. It ain’t all been pretty, but it’s all been worth it.
15. People out here don’t seem interested in pop culture like we are back home. Guess that means I shouldn’t be either huh? Oh.
16. I think my Arabic teacher (who is Yemeni) is one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen. Never wears makeup or earrings, hair always tied back, super cool, and can teach some Arabic!
17. I couldn’t have appreciated this journey 10, 5, or 2 years ago. God be knowing!
18. Coming here with just the basics (5 skirts, 5 shirts-see Feb posts) and looking REAL basic (can someone do my hair? Diane Bailey??) has helped me really see me without the things I probably thought made me…feel me? (say that 3x fast lol)
19. To the person like me, who often feels ordinary, remember God is extraordinary and YOU are not exempt from the magnitude of His blessings. This journey is for you too. *Cues Mary Mary’s “Ordinary People”
20. June’s postings will be courtesy of…Thailand! Thanks in advance for your prayers. Can’t wait to get dirty 😉