Right now, we are living in an apartment style hotel called Asfar Resorts. It's A LOT more spacious than the Executive Suites hotel that we were staying at in Abu Dhabi. It has 2 bedrooms (one with a queen bed and one with 2 twin beds), a living/dining room, a kitchen, 2 bathrooms, a laundry room, a pool, a playground and a designated parking spot.
Its been raining here the last couple of days. When it rains here, everyone goes into a state of euphoric/panic. They're excited to see the rain because it hardly rains, but they don't come to school because I guess they consider the rain a type of inclement weather LOL. So my first 2 days of school, it was raining and there were no kids! In reality, the roads were not made to absorb the water so they start to flood very easily. The buildings also leak water (my apartment and school). I've also heard that they "seed" the rain here. Meaning planes fly up into the clouds, they spray chemicals, then it magically starts to rain...a few people have told me that they've actually seen this happen. I guess it's meant to bring some water to this dry desert area.
As I said, I started work! I work at a KG school and I looovvveee it so far (granted, no kids were there lol). It's a school that is entirely Kindergarten (KG as they call it here). There's KG1 (which is comparable to American preschool because the ages are low 3's and high 4's) and there's KG2 (which is more like American pre-K because the ages are high 4's low 5's). I will be teaching KG1, which is cool because my Bachelor's Degree is in Child Development and I've worked with really young kids before for many years. The staff is absolutely wonderful and was very welcoming...I shook lots of hands and I was told that I will need to shake lots of hands everyday because that's considered polite. I'm really blessed to have been placed at a newer school with lots of resources and technology. It also has a nursery for staff children, which I am so, so, so excited about because it means my youngest (maybe 2 youngests, we haven't decided yet) can come to work with me next school year! That is truly a blessing, as it's a rare thing for the schools to have a nursery. That will alleviate a lot of stress off of Goldie, who will be homeschooling Ivy and Lyric while we are here. There is a really big community of homeschoolers here, and actually a lot of dads who homeschool while their wives teach. They also have private schools that we could put them in with British, American, and other curriculums, but the fees are outrageous and they have very long waiting lists. Plus, I really always wanted the girls homeschooled anyway, but we'll see how it goes.
Speaking of Goldie, he celebrated his birthday here on the 23rd. We got him a traditional Arabic honey cake. It was actually really good! It tasted like cinnamon streusel, but was also a little wet with some sort of vanilla pudding-like cream. The girls and I got him a spa package, and he treated himself with something he always wanted to do...jet skiing!