From the American School of Dubai, where I spent the last two weeks.
Students in third through fifth grade, who read A LONG WALK TO WATER, buddied with younger students, walking them around the track to the three stations and explaining Salva’s and Nya’s story.
Mr. Baltes helps a student balance a jerry can on her head, to get an idea of what it might feel like to be Nya, carrying water every day.
The Korean/Korean-American teachers took me out for a delightful dinner one evening. From left, Jae Baik, Shirley Pyon, Jenny Sohn, and me. All-you-can-eat Korean barbecue, of course!
An evening of great pizza and even better conversation: From left: high school psychology teacher Christina Advento, me, author John Coy, elementary school principal JohnEric Advento. Behind us: the lights of The Palm artificial island.
An order of muhammura (various spellings), walnut and red pepper paste, and fresh watermelon juice. Extras of bread, fresh vegetable plate and olives included. Serious yum.
At the Mall of the Emirates:
The famous indoor ski slope. Very popular. I stood there, my mind boggling . . . at whoever thought up the idea–and then made it work!
‘Coach’ in Arabic!
I liked this window at Harvey Nichols: Giantess and fancy backpack. Passerby at right for scale.
The farewell party, on the rooftop of the Souk Madinat. From left: elementary librarian Natasha Pollock; high school librarian Jenny Baltes; middle-school librarian Jill Egan; John Coy; me; primary librarian Carly Brown; library paraprofessional Mara Ziemelis. What a team! How I hated to leave them!
THANK YOU, ASD DUBAI, FOR A WONDERFUL TWO WEEKS!