I haven’t posted here in a while, so I thought it was about time for an update, even though I don’t have much to say that’s new. Things are going well; I’ve mostly settled into my apartment and even decorated my room somewhat (pictures to come if my computer decides to cooperate!) and my classroom is also looking a lot more set-up than it was. I got a couple of inches cut off my hair, and got it styled and blow-dried, and the whole shebang cost me around $11 at a very nice salon.
It’s funny how many things are significantly cheaper here than back home. Another example is taxis. My mom is coming to visit at the end of November (and we’re also going to Ethiopia together for a few days, yay!!!) and we’ve come to the conclusion that it may make the most sense for her to take a cab from the Dubai Airport–about a 2-hour drive–to my place in Abu Dhabi. It would cost about $80, which by American standards is quite cheap for such a long ride. A lot of things here are like that, but then you’ll find the occasional random thing that will be really, really expensive. Generally these are imported things, like the label maker I bought at the stationery store downstairs. It would cost probably under $50 at home, but it was nearly $100 here.
To sum up though, everything is going well. I am making some nice friends in school and outside of school. I picked up a couple of tutoring jobs: 5 hours a week extra teaching, adding up to about $900 a month in additional, tax-free income (unlike in Korea, where private tutoring on a teaching visa is technically illegal, here it is legal and even arranged though the school). I guess that’s about it for now. It’s 5:30 in the morning and I need to get ready for another week of teaching!