July 21, 2012

I have plenty of time to blog!

Being back in NYC this past week has been like returning home. This morning I went down to the bodega for a bacon, egg, and cheese and some toilet paper, which this man had to get a stick to knock down from its high shelf. It's a moment that I've had hundreds of times and I will always feel pleased in a NYC bodega. The only difference is that this time I was totally aware of how Arab everyone working there was and straining my ears to hear a word that I recognized. Their accent was decidedly not Gulf, so the only one I got was "yanni."

Seeing everyone has been amazing. They are all horrifyingly jealous of my stories. Including the time I was violently ill in India. They say things like "I wish I could travel." And I agree that it is an absolutely amazing experience. But I also envy them for getting to have stability and lives that aren't subject to change and uncertainty and constant newness. I suppose the grass is always greener.

It's been pouring for two days here and I love every minute of it.


  1. It's possible that the people speaking in Arabic in NYC are speaking Arabic butchered with English and some other languages, or speaking it with an American accent. But I suppose that Arabic in the UAE must sound different from Arabic in Iraq.

    Even though you may not like the constant newness all the time, your life is fascinating for me to read about. But I'm sure that someday, you will move back to America permanently and settle down.

  2. I'm glad you're enjoying your visit in NYC. :)

    Like Stephanie, I, too, find your life fascinating to read about. It's really interesting and cool. :]

  3. I must visit NYC one day. Definitely my next trip fo' sho'.

  4. Welcome home!! Your last entry is exactly how I felt the first time I went back. I hope you get to see your friends plenty, and I'm sure by now you've realized there's nothing to be anxious about. Enjoy your week!