100 days into this incredible year, and I can look at my calendar to find I am more than a third of the way done with my exchange. I can wake up in the morning and know what my routine will be, talk to my host family and feel normal, eat the sketchy gas station sambusas and not get sick.
100 days into this incredible year, and everything has changed.
I remember my first proper night in Oman; lying awake in bed listening to my host sister toss and turn and asking myself what I'd been thinking, wondering what could have possibly possessed me to come to a country I'd known nothing about just months before, paralyzed with fear in the knowledge that it would be 10 months before I was back home again.
I remember my first day of school, when I was terrified to be alone in a new environment and then completely amazed at the kindness of everyone I met which made me feel somehow settled and okay just a few days later.
I remember our trip to the mountains, when I first fully appreciated how truly beautiful Oman really is and breathed in crisp cool air that felt, in many ways, like home.
I remember the moment I clicked "send" on my application about 11 months ago, not daring to dream of a life I had only glimpsed before through the pages of blogs and photos of the past.
And, perhaps most of all, I remember the moment at the airport in Washington, DC in which the six of us who were bound for Oman reunited in a frenzy of fear, sadness, and excitement. The moment that bound us together as sisters forever.
And now it has been 100 days and a piece of my heart has returned to America on the wings of one of my sisters.
I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed; and although we are no longer all here to celebrate together, I have found that often videos can span oceans through the internet.
Braden, Kenzie, Ginya, Linden, and Brandi... This one's for you.*
*the background music to this video is Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me", which I uploaded from iTunes
Hi! My name is Karla Cox. This blog is a compilation of notes, thoughts, and photos from my travels around the world.