Blogging. I've never really gotten into it. I've done it, of course, in several classes and as part of my job. But I've never really thought about it as a necessity for trips or to keep my friends and family updated.
Apparently I'm behind the times. As more and more people clamored for details about my seemingly mundane life, I thought, "why not." I'll get to design a cool title bar in Photoshop if nothing else. Plus, hey, maybe someone, somewhere will actually be entertained. Peachy.
So. Amman, Jordan. I will be living here for a year to teach English at the Ahliyyah School for Girls. I will be the support teacher for 5th grade. I've never taught English before besides occasionally correcting my friends' grammar. They LOVE that!
I was offered this position in kind of a roundabout way. My friend Heather (insert shameless promotion of her blog here) is interested in Arabic and Middle Eastern cultures. I told her I have a cousin living close to Amman and gave her Melissa (my cousin)'s email address. Before I knew it Melissa had gotten Heather an interview with the directors of the school. I got to thinking about it. Journalism jobs are pretty slim on the ground in the U.S. right now, so why not go abroad and see some more sights while I have the time? I, too, used my influential family connections to get an interview at the school as well.
Needless to say, Heather and I both passed our interviews with flying colors because, well, we speak English. Oh, yeah, and we both have bachelors degrees. And we're fabulous people. Heather found us a furnished apartment with a girl from Denmark named Nadia in the northwest part of Amman.
Now here I am, the girl who loves greenery and water, living for a year in the middle of the desert. Ah well. I AM from Texas. Feels kind of like home.