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Alright, so this is gonna ramble a bit. It's hard to describe, but in the two and a half weeks that I've been in country, I've had a rather odd feeling the entire time. This trip doesn't feel anything like the trip to China. Not just in the obvious terms, like the differences in culture and language. It doesn't really even feel like I'm studying abroad. Maybe it's because a good chunk of the city looks like if South Beach Miami (in terms of architecture) met Detroit (in terms of people). Maybe it's because whenever I can';t speak Arabic, somebody usually corrects me in perfect British-accented English (not that that is particularly good for my Arabic). Or maybe it's because I got all my culture shock out in Oman, and now I'm totally fine sinking into another culture. I think that to a degree it's also because I was expecting such a radically different culture, and instead it really hasn't been that different. There are times when it's really hard to realize I'm in a foreign country, and that peope just aren't wearing dishdashas for fun. Espcially in my homestay family, when the 16 year old kid is asking me to play Linkin Park on my laptop (he already knows all the words). Who knows. All I know is that each day feels like a week, and that time has slowed down to a standstill. Maybe it's just the usual aspect of studying abroad, or maybe it's that I'm getting used to the Arab concept of time, which is rather malleable. All in all, this turning into quite a trip.

Posted by mc327503 00:41 Archived in Oman

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