Getting the Itch

*Day 22 of 31 days of Traveling & Living Overseas with Kids
**All stories are true.

Lately there’s been a bit of disgruntlement (yes that’s a real word). Just a stirring or unrest in our family life. 

 We haven’t been on a trip in over 2 months and it’s strange. I think after taking a trip every month for many months in a row your body adjusts and then you get the itch.

  
You get the itch to travel and though you spend time discovering new local spots, you miss the wide wild adventure of a new country.

Man it will be an adjustment to move back to the States next year!

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Seen on the Streets

*Day 21 of 31 days of Traveling & Living Overseas with Kids

**All stories are true.

I didn’t snap a picture but did want to give you a slice of real life here.

I was driving home from dropping kids off at school when I was waiting at a traffic light.

A car in the next lane was honking incessantly to the truck in front of him which was the first in its lane.

Suddenly a man jumps from the honking car and talks to the newspaper street salesman who wanders the traffic lanes

and calls out to the truck driver.

I don’t know what he said, but the newspaper salesman quickly stopped the opposite traffic and the truck moved out into the intersection.

Then the car behind the truck zoomed off with another car trailing it.

I assume it was some emergency but that sort of collaboration and honking is so normal here.

While these folks may not drive in straight lanes nor do they attend to traffic laws,

they are willing to help a stranger out.

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!

Images from Egypt

What I saw and wish I had pictures of:

A Preteen kid on a bike herding a running cow down the street 

Raw carcass hanging from the ceiling and an old man smoking a hookah next to it

Boys walking around with a clear plastic bag filled with licorice juice and a straw twisty-tied to make a disposable drink

An old man on the side of the road with a flat cardboard on his head as a hat selling packets of tissues 

On the highway there was a man riding a motorcycle with a white box on the back of motorcycle and as we passed by another man popped out of the box.

In the local souq (market) a guy has a gun resting on his lap nonchalantly.