Wednesday, May 8, 2013

This is a map of Oman and the surrounding countries. Nizwa is about 1.5 hours from Muscat, the capital of Oman. During the summer, temperatures can be anywhere from 100 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit. From mid June to late August, the khareef or rainy season occurs. Image from http://www.btsom.com/AboutOman/OmanMap.aspx  






Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Just completed a successful first year of college, during which I discovered my interest in the Arabic language. Thanks to a wonderful Arabic professor, I learned about the Critical Language Scholarship, a U.S State Department funded program. The CLS is an intensive language program based in a country where the target language is spoken. In addition to a minimum of 20 hours of class per week, I will be immersing myself in the culture of Nizwa, Oman--traveling to outdoor markets, learning about Islam, and putting my knowledge of Arabic to use. I have about one month before I depart for Washington D.C, where I will attend a two day orientation. From there, we will fly as a group to Oman, arriving on June 16th. But before then, I have a lot of preparation and research to do, not to mention maintaining and expanding my Arabic vocabulary so that I am not at a complete loss for words when I first arrive.