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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Day 59, Monday - RAK

Cleaning day! So tomorrow is a holiday or “eid” for Muslims so today we cleaned the house. Well, I didn’t do much cleaning, but I did organize my suitcases.

Living out of suitcases for so long really isn’t all that bad, but I am getting a little tired of wearing the same things. It is also a little tiring to have to either remember exactly where you put everything when you unpack so that you don’t forget to repack it and/or having to dig through everything in your suitcase to find the one thing you want at the bottom because you didn’t want to unpack everything for a couple night stay.

Also, every time I repack I wonder how I got everything in there before. But so far I have managed to accomplish it every time. Well, if you don’t include the box of things I sent home. Next time I only pack half a suitcase.

I tried on some dresses or “galibiat” (singular is “galibia”) this afternoon so that I will have something appropriate to wear for the eid tomorrow. Tomorrow is Eid al-Adha or “the Greater Eid,” and so everyone dresses nice. Here is a little fashion show to give you an idea of what some different galibiat look like:

Now, I will wear an abaya over whichever dress I choose, as is traditional. I’ll be sure to take pictures of that for you too. Tomorrow I will describe the events of the day, but I will tell you that we plan to visit lots of people.