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September 29, 2012

Woman experiences foreign culture as an educator in Egypt

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PALESTINE — Staying Connected

Thomason credits the friendliness of everyone at her school and in Cairo in general, to making their adjustment to life there “remarkably smooth.”

Although the school year is young, she and Chloe have yet to experience homesickness for the States or Texas.

“I think it’s helped having Skype and Facebook and my blog,” Thomason said. “We’ll be coming back (next) summer. My sister and mom will be coming to visit in the spring, so we’re looking forward to that. I’m sure the closer it gets to summer, the more homesick we’ll get.”

Spending the holidays, especially Christmas, in Cairo is something she is not exactly looking forward to.

“It’s the first year in my entire life that I will be away from my family,” she said. “I’m trying to figure out something for us to do around here that will make the day special.”

During Thomason’s second year of teaching in Cairo, the school will pay for her and Chloe’s trip back to Texas for Christmas.

Global Paradigm School also will pay for them to travel to Texas next summer.

Recognizing the remarkable experience she and her daughter have embarked on for the next couple of years, Thomason has been documenting and sharing her Egyptian adventure through her blog.

Readers can follow her blog, Jennifer’s Egyptian Adventure, at: http://egyptwordsmith.blogspot.com/

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