Hello, all! One of my all-time, seriously favorite bloggers, Annika, interviewed me recently, and ever since I have had quite the flurry of traffic this way! I'm very excited to have some new followers. Hello! I'm making my way to check out all of your blogs. :) Folks who messaged me about buttons: I am so excited! I will likely post 'em up sometime this week. If anyone needs help making a button, you can message me! If you still want to get in on button swapping but are shy, don't be! ;)
So, aside from that, here's what's new: I start up my LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL tomorrow. The end is in sight! I've made it! What that means is a lot of grading, end-of-year shenanigans (just you wait for a post about Water War Wednesday), and tummy jitters as I become increasingly in awe that I survived my first year of teaching.
Last week of school means something else is just around the corner⎯my trip! I am heading off on an international adventure the day after my last day of work; "eager" is a word I might use to describe this choice. My trip, which spans 6-and-a-half weeks, will take me to Denmark (very briefly), Sweden, France, Tunisia, and then quickly to New York on both ends. Henrik and I will be visiting his folks (Sweden & France) and my motley crew of relatives (Tunisia baby!), which means you all get to look forward to posts about me laying on the beach and eating excellent food. After last summer's utter hell⎯I N S T I T U T E⎯I think I deserve a real vacation. I take off from SFO airport on June 19th, but I will be in New York for most of June 20th, so I don't really count my international adventure starting point until at least the 20th. I haven't been to the parts of France and Sweden we're going to, but I've been visiting/living in/loving the shit out of Tunisia since I was a few months old. Though Tunisia is my Favorite Place Ever, work and school have kept me away for 2 years, which is seriously unheard of. Thus, I have a lot I'm looking forward to, because it has been way too long.
I thought a fun way to get me through this week would be to count down the days with things I am excited for waiting for me in Tunisia. I don't know enough about what I'm excited for in France and Sweden apart from beaches, so that's why I'm only listing Tunisian things! Today kicks off number 10.
Very accurate. So yes, #10, I am excited for couscous! The pre-made stuff you can get here in the States just doesn't cut it, I'm sorry to say. Did you know that traditionally, couscous would take days to make? Women would gather to roll the grains and would make enough to keep for long periods of time. Of course, now they have machines to do that sort of thing, but still! That's how good it is.
Don't believe me? Come over to North Africa and try some for yourself! :)