Sunday, June 16, 2013
Arrived in Nizwa early yesterday morning and drove directly to the university. Jump seats are not ideal, but fine for a 1.5 hour long drive. We had orientation in the morning and then saw our apartments. Women have a 9pm curfew and are not allowed to have any guests, of either gender. We ate dinner at the local hotel, because accommodating such a large and regular group is difficult for most local restaurants. Our apartments have been recently renovated, with new furniture, air conditioning, etc. Since the women's housing is university housing for students, there were also many women similar to our age, who kept asking if we needed help and were extremely eager to show is around. Unfortunately, this morning, we woke up at 4:30 due to jet lag but hopefully our sleeping habits will become more regular. Tomorrow, our language pledge starts...we anticipate a sharp decline in any meaningful conversations, but simple phrases are where language fluency begins.