I'm trying something new--using technology on a regular basis! For those of you that know me well, you know that this is sort of a stretch of my abilities, but it feels like the right time to start committing my travels to memory. This blog is sort of an experiment, as I don't know how well I'll do with keeping up with it. I've never been an avid journaler, but I think that this is different enough that it might work. I'm also writing it from my laptop--yes, that's right--I finally broke down and invested in one!
I wanted to start this blog to chronicle my summer in Tunisia, fall in Senegal and Spring semester in the Netherlands. I'll be country-hopping for awhile and am really excited, because that's how I work best. In Tunisia, I'll be studying Arabic intensively for two months. I don't know all the details yet, but it sounds like we'll have 4-6 hours of class a day and 4 hours of homework a night. On top of that, we'll be attending lectures, cultural activities and going on weekend trips. Plus, we'll all be living with host families. I'm in Washington, D.C. right now and just finished my orientation for the Critical Language Scholarship. Everyone in the program (abouth 30 of us) has been amazing so far. We spent all day today at an orientation--talking about logistics of the program, attending a career panel (with someone from the State Dept., International Rescue Committee and the private sector) and hearing from past participants and Tunisian scholars. We've also had a lot of time to hang out and get to know the people we'll be spending the next 2 months with. I just got back from some sightseeing--I saw the Lincoln Memorial, White House and Capital Hill. On our way back, we coincidentally found the Dept of State, too! It's so fun to be in a place so much revolves around.
I leave the States tomorrow at 4 p.m. We'll be flying through Paris and arriving in Tunisia on Wed. I hope that everything is going wonderfully with you and I'd love to hear from you while I'm away! So keep reading and maybe we can live vicariously through one another's journies!