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The Anticipation

Everyday seems like an eternity, the anticipation is killing me! I cannot wait to board the plane and head to the lovely country of Egypt. But before I am ready to take the British Airways flight, I need my visa to arrive in the mail. There isn’t a day that goes by that I do not check the front porch for a package from Perry International. I know that once my passport arrives with the visa I will be able to sleep calmer at night knowing I am actually going to be able to fly out on January 6th. Adding to my “to do” list is the need to initiate packing. I think once I bring the suitcase up to my room from the basement, reality will sink in that I will be leaving my home and spending at least the next 6 months of my life in the Middle East.  I feel so blessed to be able to have the experience of studying abroad! One of the things I am looking forward to the most is being immersed in an Arabic speaking country. I am yearning to learn the language and be able to communicate with everyone, understand what all of the signs on the streets say, and comprehend what the newspapers are reporting. I am also eager to be able to read the Qur’an in the official language. Furthermore, on a more taste bud satisfying note, I cannot wait to have maashi (vegetables stuffed with rice), tammiyya (fried spice chickpeas and fava beans), and tahina (sesame sauce) all over again. Although I will be far from home and will miss my family and friends, I know that the experiences I will have are going to enable me to grow even more as a person. To this day, I am still in shock that what the Egyptians told me the first time I visited Egypt came true, “if you drink the Nile, you always come back!”

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