It’s been a long, long time. This blog was nearly dead, or so I thought. But here we are, preparing to return to the Middle East after two and a half years away. With a toddler daughter, lots of uncertainty about all the basics of life (jobs, house, culture shock) and some serious political strife in the region, it may seem like a rather ridiculous proposition. As if regular life wasn’t already stressful enough, you know?
It’s going to be a whole new experience for us, in spite of nearly ten years in the Middle East. Not just because the region is changing, but because we are very different people than we were when we left in January 2011. In the past, we were always rushing about, trying to be as intense and intentional as we could, but with the possibility of picking up and moving at a moment’s notice. Now we have a child, and are reaching our mid-thirties, and we suddenly don’t feel like that instability is suitable or desirable! I guess we are growing up, maturing even, and want to find some way to balance our love for the Middle East and Arabs with the realities of being an expat in countries where it’s not always easy to live or stay.
So, welcome back to our bumpy ride. It’s not just about the food anymore