Hello from Dubai

Ok, so the Dubai aiport, kinda lame, but I decided to just sleep in the airport intead of spending money on a hotel.  The airport is actually pretty nice.  There is free wifi, and chairs that lean back where you can sleep.  I’ve had a long, but uneventful flight over here.  I met a mother with her three daughters at Cincinatti and she overheard me saying I was going to Syria.  Well so was she!  I kept them company and entertained her girls as we waited for our next flight (we had the same plane).  I didn’t get to talk to them much during the flight over the atlantic since we were a couple seats apart.  I met another girl (my age) who was born in America but was ethnic Palestinian, who sat beside me on the plane.  She was going to Jordan to visit family.  She was suprised that I knew how to correctly pronounce her name (yesmeen, the Arabic form of Jasmine).

Once I arrived in Dubai I exchanged a little money and ate some snacks a brought from home.  I didn’t like my choices between unhealthy – Burger King – and expensive – insert name of restarurant that I’ve never heard of before, but looks very high class.  So instead I had granola bars, carrots, sweet snap peas, and broccoli.

I should arrive in Damascus around 9:30 tomorrow morning Damascus time (they are 7 hours ahead of you all).  My roommate, well kind of roommate, who arrived two days ago as scoped out some rooms I’m going to look at, and I’ll probably pick one out tomorrow as well and get started on registering for classes, registering at the embassy, and registering at the Syrian immigration office *sighs*.  Classes don’t start till June 28, so I have a good week and a few days to arrange everything and get familiar with the area.  Thanks for your prayers so far, God has taken good care of me, and I really look forward to arriving in Damascus.

In Him

Lydia

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