Wednesday, December 18
I was super excited all day because my parents were coming to visit! Yep, the Citrins were reunited!
They flew into Muscat at about noon and were at AMIDEAST (it’s pretty close to the airport) by 1! They got a chance to take a look at my school, meet my friends and teachers, chat with me, and sample my lunch.
At 2:00 I had my language partner class, so they left AMIDEAST to drop their bags off (they are staying at my uncle’s best friend’s house– who lives in a great location!) and were back at my school at 4, when my class finished. We went to the Souk Mattrah and walked around for a while. We walked by the water during the beautiful sunset and it was so great to be able to catch up with my parents.
During the evening, we met my host family for dinner. We went to a Turkish restaurant and had a delicious meal– we even drank fresh melon juice served in a whole melon.
At first, I was nervous for dinner as my parents would be meeting and talking with my host parents and siblings. But luckily, it was all ok, and the dinner was quite fun. My host parents and my parents actually have a lot in common, so the dinner conversation was lively. And my host brothers got some new Legos, so that kept them busy for the rest of the night!
I said goodbye to my parents for the night and went back to my house with my host parents.
Thursday, December 19
In the morning, AMIDEAST took us to the mall to go shopping. At around noon, my parents came to pick me up from the mall and we drove to see Wadi Fundi. It is one of the closest wadis to AMIDEAST, so we walked around there for a little bit (it is pretty, but quite small)
Next, we went to Al Qurum beach. We walked around the beach for a while and it was wonderful to be able to talk to my parents for a while. We then went to the Starbucks on the beach (yep, typical tourists, I know) and hung out there for a while. It was a great relaxing afternoon.
We made a quick stop to see the Sultan’s Palace!
I had to go back to AMIDEAST because Sarah (the AMIDEAST manager) invited us to her house for a Christmas dinner. I said bye to my parents for the night and went to Sarah’s house. The dinner was lovely; she lives in a beautiful house in a very nice area and we sat outside and ate very tasty food. I was exhausted by the time I got home, but it was worth it for such a great day!