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Will our isolation increase through the infinite freedom of information and ubiquity of the Internet? Longer summers and lesser days / school year are the remains of the US agrarian economy, when planting picking and harvesting took place in a greater number of homesteads than today. US schools continue to have fewer days... and if well charted and scheduled, this freedom fosters creativity.

You, the ascetic, went all that way for a change of scene, perhaps to the desert, perhaps to the hinterlands covered in snow, perhaps amidst a people whose language seemed obscure, strange, but alluring. Enchanté? Oui.

When people think about the Middle East, Oman is definitely not one of the first places that pops into their minds. I think it’s safe to say that people often think of Dubai when they consider traveling in the Middle East. It’s certainly the most modern city and gets the most publicity. However, have you ever thought of Oman? Do you even know where it is?

As a woman, I’m often asked about covering my hair in the Middle East. Since I’m not Muslim, it’s not required. However, would it be best to just cover my hair anyway? You pretty much get to choose. There are a few things you should consider though. Although you don’t have to cover up, you do want to remember to be culturally sensitive. What does this look like?

You would think chocolate and a mug or a small gift, 10 minutes out of your schedule, and back to work... Teachers day in Oman was much more celebrated. Many students gave flowers and gifts; everyone had a smile on their face and polite words. Our morning assembly lasted for almost an hour as each teacher was called.

From the time it was founded, America has a strong tradition of being one of the most innovative countries in the world. From the time of Robert Fulton and Alexander Bell, Henry Ford, NASA, IBM, and Boeing, to Bill Gates and Steve Jobs- the US has been at the forefront of technological revolution in the last two centuries.

Orientalism is a way of seeing that imagines, emphasizes, exaggerates and distorts differences of Middle Eastern peoples and cultures as compared to that of Europe and the U.S. (West).

I hope to help anyone reading this to overcome any prejudices they may have about the Middle East or answer any questions they may have about it.

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