Experiencing Culture

*Day 16 of 31 days of Traveling & Living Overseas with Kids

**All stories are true.

Living in a predominant Moslem culture

gives us the added benefit of living life alongside and learning from Moslems.

IMG_4492We were invited to break the fast during Ramadan with a friend’s family.

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After the call from the Mosque, one immediately eats a date and drinks water.

And those who smoke, light up!

The feast was delicious!

During our camping trip in Wadi Rum,

we tried a hookah.

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Please be aware, we learned later of the not so healthy aspects of hookah smoking.

And ignore the kids’ facial expressions, they were super tired and the flash was bright for them!

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Drinking mint tea

(or another hot beverage)

after meals is an almost given practice in the Middle East.

I love their mint tea!

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We did the touristy and culturally accepted practice of getting henna in Morocco.

Typically it’s just the girls who get adorned but the boys got their names written in Arabic.

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Witnessing the Wailing Wall in Israel was powerful and moving.

We are so thankful to have viewed it.

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The girls pray on one side and the men on the other.

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Do you notice the culture where you live?

When I am Stateside, I notice it less because it seems normal to me.

But even in different regions of the US is there cultural norms.

When we move back, I hope to take note of it more!

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