The Normans in North America!

Still Living the Adventure

Driver’s Ed January 21, 2010

Filed under: Language,Life in NA — kgnorman @ 11:19 AM

Not one of my pictures.

Confession — I ran 5 red lights on the way to work today.  Yes, 5, FIVE.  Of the 7 lights I encounter on the 10 km route from our apartment to the school, I went through 5 of them when the light was red.

Now before you judge me, I should tell you that my behavior is more the rule than the exception.  When you’re driving down empty streets and watching all the other drivers ignoring red lights, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain your resolve to follow the letter of the law.  The judgement you feel in your heart may actually be jealousy because you know you’ll never experience the excitement of free-for-all traffic conditions.  Dodging mopeds, buses, cattle, and sheep keeps you on your toes and provide a real adrenaline rush! (Note: none of the previously listed obstacles are present during red-lights-are-optional hours)

Here’s my standing offer: if you come visit us, I’ll happily let you drive our car through a dozen red lights.

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Language Class November 2, 2009

Filed under: Language — kgnorman @ 7:24 PM

Here are a couple pictures of our language class.  Our classmate, E, is so much fun — we’ve had a couple dinners with her and her husband.  Our teacher, K, is fantastic.  Her English is perfect and she has a gift for teaching that truly shines when trying to explain Arabic to us “dumb Americans” (when it comes to language, that is).

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Keely and E ready to learn some Arabic!

 

Some Pictures October 13, 2009

Filed under: Baby,Language,Pregnancy — kgnorman @ 8:41 PM

Here are some pictures!

Our Arabic classes are going strong — here’s Keely’s notebook from the day we were trying to get the alphabet down.

Make sure you note the 4 different "h" sounds...

Make sure you note the 4 different "h" sounds...

We went to the doctor today!  Check this out…

Our first baby picture!

Our first baby picture!

That baby is in there somewhere....

That baby is in there somewhere....

 

Scavenger Hunt! August 17, 2009

Filed under: Language,Life in NA,Travel — kgnorman @ 11:17 PM

Just a quick post with some pictures — today was a great scavenger hunt taking us all over the city.  Much fun was had by all.

Here are some of the events:

Our bus tickets -- riding the bus was quite an experience!

Our bus tickets -- riding the bus was quite an experience!

Keely eating a "prickly pear" or cactus fruit.  We both tried it -- not too bad for around $0.10!

Keely eating a "prickly pear" or cactus fruit. We both tried it -- not too bad for around $0.10!

Cramming 5 people in the back of a taxi. Always an adventure!

Cramming 5 people in the back of a taxi. Always an adventure!