Niamh McBurney, SOAS

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Niamh McBurney, SOAS

The five weeks spent in Manah at the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers were a wonderful mix of attentive pastoral care, excellent teaching and subtly awe-inspiring scenery. The quiet solitude of the desert and the mountains surrounding the evenings of vocabulary searching, Omani children's games and sharing stories, contrasted by the muted bustle of the Carrefour and a sneaky Kentucky Fried Chicken when the dining hall wasn't quite enough, was a welcome change from London. Everyone we met was memorable in their own way - eager and patient, kind and so very welcoming. Being actively inducted into the nuances and idiosyncracies of Omani culture made it all the more special - more cultures need "hul-hul" parties for their little ones. I hope my fond memories will be replaced by new ones sooner rather than later.