Not much has changed in two months since we left. It's hot and humid and dusty. There are still heaps of construction projects and heavy machinery littering the city. I like it, though. It's home.
And I'm back at work. Ramadan is in full swing, and, for the next two weeks, we have a modified work schedule. I worked four short days last week and have a full week of preparation this week. Over the next few days, the ABP will get busier and busier as student orientation occurs at the end of the week. We begin actual teaching next Sunday. With great colleagues and special students, I'm really looking forward to my second year here.
|Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah taking aim.|
Aside from using the time to prepare for my classes this semester, I have plenty of time to watch the olympics taking place in London. I have been watching them almost every day after work! I discovered that I can watch events on four different channels, but most of the broadcasts, if there is sound at all, are in Arabic. Occasionally, for whatever reason, it is possible to listen to English commentary. On August 1st, all Qtel (my telephone service provider) subscribers here received 24 hours of free local and international text messages to commemorate Al-Attiyah's bronze medal in the Men's Skeet Shooting event a few days ago, which was nice. I don't know if I took advantage of it like I could have, however.