1. On one of our first days in the country, we found this creature in the basement of City Mall. Take a good look (at the creature, not me):
2. Jeremy once chit-chatted with some random Syrians in our neighborhood and one of them busted out his English skills. He told Jeremy he was an English teacher at a local school, and asked, "You think I am clever?" Except he pronounced it "KLEEV-er." I shudder for his English students. Incidentally, "clever" has been on the list of words I can't pronounce correctly ever since.
3. We once met a taxi driver named Bruce. I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that Bruce is not a common name in the Middle East. But it was true, his name was actually Bruce. He showed us his driver's license and everything. It turns out his parents were really big Bruce Lee fans. Like, REALLY big fans.
6. Arabs love to decorate their cars and some of the decals they chose were inexplicable.
why she was so sad.
Yes, despite the difficulties of daily life, there was always something in Syria that could put a smile on my face.