Archive for Category: "living abroad"
One feature of moving to a foreign country is that there is very little ground for neutral reactions to things. I’m also a very emotional person (literally, this was told to me by two separate acquaintances within a week recently, including one guy who said that I have a “Slavic soul that reacts to things nonrationally,” which I chose to interpret as a compliment)
I cannot believe how quickly time is flying by—I’ve been in Amman for three months! It seems like just yesterday I arrived in town, hopes high and nerves even higher. Since then, I’ve calmed down considerably. One could even say I have a routine here—school, gym, Arabic studying.
This Sunday, I had the opportunity to work as an election observer for Ukraine’s parliamentary elections. I registered through UCCA (The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America), a nonprofit organization founded by Americans of Ukrainian descent.
I tried not to punch a wall. Really, I did. The officer looked at me with her unforgiving eyes in the Civil Registry office. She told me in Spanish that I need to register in their system over again. It would have been totally fine except she has already asked me to do that before. Twice
I’m hiking alone in Cinque Terre on the western Italian Coast, when I notice a shaggy group of dudes climbing cliffs by the sea and jumping off of them into the water. I edge my way down a steep path to check it out. It looks a bit difficult to get in and out of the water, but I