My daughter just got back from her study abroad in the Holy land. She is quite tan, but seems none the worse for wear. She had a great trip! She learned some Arabic words. One is the title of this blog. I think it's my new word. It is Habibi, and means "my love". (I'm not sure if I spelled that right). She learned many other words too.
She brought back a lot of cool stuff. Before I tell you what she brought back, I have to tell you that our family has a weird sense of humor. Here are some things she brought back:
--a CD with the entire Koran prayers that they say 5 times a day.
--some widow's mites (she gave me one :)
--an olive wood nativity (for me :)
--an oil lamp like used in the parable of the ten wise and ten foolish virgins
--oil vases that you carry to refill your lamp
--woven string slingshots for slinging rocks (like David did to Goliath)
--herbs: including curries and
--frankincense and myrrh
--a t-shirt with "Boston Red Sox" in Hebrew, and one with "Palestinian defense team" on the fronts
--a papyrus scroll of this image, along with some others
--a papyrus scroll with images of circumcision (a gift for her brothers :P)
-- a black tunic and pants with white embroidery and a black head scarf
I know I'm forgetting some things. We had fun watching her unpack it all. I asked her if she would give us a presentation about her trip. She said she will give ONE presentation. lol Well, she actually will give two because someone asked her to speak in church next Sunday. lol
I am glad she is home safe, but frankly, from the very start I haven't worried about her. My main worry was that she would get sick from the food or water. She did get sick once, but was healthy the rest of the time. But it's wonderful that she has memories of the pyramids, and the valley of the kings, and Jordan, and swimming in the mediteranean ocean etc. to carry throughout her life.
I snagged this picture from my daughter's facebook. This is one of the pictures she took