Posts by Corley

Merry Christmas and such

I can’t believe it is already the end of December! My last post caught up on the first week of December, so this one will work on the rest of the month. After Mom and Kim left, I will readily admit that I got pretty homesick. That was weird to me, because I really haven’t been homesick thus far. I mean, I have missed my family and friends, and many of the conveniences of living in the states, but thanks to Skype and all, I have...

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Family Time

Dang, it’s been a really long time since I blogged!! So what have I been up to over here? Well, while most of my fellow BC study abroad friends have been settling back in at home, I am still in full swing with my semester. I still have three more weeks here, which means two weeks left of class and then exams are still before me. In the midst of all this (yeah right, like I actually have schoolwork to do…) I have been quite busy! At...

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Giving time

In all my free time, I realized that I really needed something to do. Don’t get me wrong- catching up on classic 90s movies that I missed the first time around has been quite entertaining, but I started to feel the need for something more. My friend Kaytee mentioned that she volunteers with something called the Bridge program here at AUS, and said she’d pass my name along if I was interested in joining. I said yes please, and soon...

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I do actually go to class…

Upon returning from one of my many exciting excursions, my dad asked the humorous question, “So, are you like, going to any classes, or do you just go out and have fun?” Well played, Father, well played… But really, amidst all the fun and games, I am in classes. Not hard ones, mind you, but classes all the same. I was originally signed up for the standard 15-credit semester, with 5 classes. However, due to a scheduling...

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Let’s Talk Temperature

When I was en route here, two months ago, the first thing that struck me, whilst on layover in Qatar, was just how blasted hot it was! Yes, I knew coming into this that going to the desert was going to be hot. But we’re talking it was around 100 degrees Fahrenheit at 10 pm. And additionally, it was a thick heat. Not quite a humid one, that made the air feel sticky or damp, but this was like a solid wall of hot coming straight at you. Bam....

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Germany- Fall Break Trip

Here in the Gulf, we have a holiday (actually celebrated by Muslims in all countries I believe) called Eid al Adha. It is celebrated equivalently to our Christmas holiday at home- it is a really big deal here. So for the holiday, we have a week of no classes! Often times, people in the exchange programs here will go to Egypt or Lebanon or somewhere similar, to see traditional Arab beauty- the pyramids, etc- however, that was not exactly an...

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Arabian Wildlife Center

The Arabian Wildlife Center is located in Sharjah. It features all kinds of animals- reptiles, birds, mammals- you name it, they have it- species specific to the desert environments found here.  Sadly, photography was not allowed in the majority of the facility, however we did get some shots of the big cats!!...

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The Modern Side of Dubai

                The Burj Al Arab- the world’s only 7 star hotel     Jumeirah Beach hotel- also very very nice     Another shot of Burj Al Arab     Driving to the Palm           Atlantis the Palm!!     Then we went to the souks (markets)- gold, spice, fabrics, etc   And took a boatride across Dubai Creek...

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Pictures from Sharjah

  This ginormous ferris wheel is called the Eye of Sharjah- very similar to the Eye of London..except here in Sharjah!! \     A few views from the Eye   The Eye at night:...

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