December 20, 2013

Another great day! My host parents and I met up with my parents at Sawadi Beach and from the beach, we took a small motor boat to an island close-by.

The island that we went to had tall rocky hills, but was small enough to know it was an island (if one climbed to the top of the rocks, one could easily see the whole island). It was one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been too: the water was very blue and clear with coral showing in some of the areas and the island gave a great view of the surrounding small islands and the vast expanse of water. It was breathtaking.

I went swimming with my host brothers and climbed some of the rocks. We then barbecued chicken and beef and ate a picnic on the beach. Next was some more swimming, and like the dweeb I am, I brought my goggles so I could look underwater. And I’m glad I did, because there were lots of small rainbow-colored fish to look at!

After spending some more time swimming, we took the boat back. At this point, the tide had receded quite a bit, so we walked the boat some ways to the shore. Many cars were driving around the beach and a lot of men were hanging out in different areas on the beach.

I said goodbye to my host parents since I was going to stay with my parents for a few days. We drove to the house they were staying at, showered, and ate at a delicious Lebanese restaurant.

Citrins Reunited!

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!