Low-Impact Living in Muscat

Life in the desert gets hot—really hot. We’ve had this conversation before but after welcoming my mom for her recent visit to Muscat, Urbndervish and I reflected on how in spite of the intense heat, life in Oman has helped actualize many goals and ideals that we could only talk about while living in the United States. … Continue reading Low-Impact Living in Muscat

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Raggamuslims’ Recap of 2017

Is it too late for a year retrospective?  Unlike the calendar of Pope Gregory XIII, our year never seems to start on January 1st.  Somehow, we just feel our way through the seasons.  But generally speaking, the past year--give or take a few months--has been new territory for all of us on all fronts. As parents, … Continue reading Raggamuslims’ Recap of 2017

Children’s Public Library: Muscat’s Homeschool Hub

After three years of waiting, the Children's Public Library is finally open here in Muscat.  It's located in Qurm, just across the street from the Children's Museum, another great family resource.  Some moms have been complaining about the soft opening hours of weekdays from 10am to 3pm but guess what? The hours are perfect for us homeschoolers.  So … Continue reading Children’s Public Library: Muscat’s Homeschool Hub

Essential Eco Products for Life Abroad

Having shared our "econundrum" of trying to live more sustainably in Oman, we wanted to share some of our favorite green and zero-waste products that we currently use and hope to use in our household.  We still have further to go in our own journey but have committed to taking baby green steps as we go forward. What … Continue reading Essential Eco Products for Life Abroad

Trying to Be Green in Oman

The produce lady sees me coming. She peers from the side of her eye and begins to mumble something. She’s not looking at the color of my skin or the way I’m dressed, because in all honesty, we can pass for cousins. She’s looking at my reusable produce bags and can’t seem to figure them … Continue reading Trying to Be Green in Oman

Cultivating Community for Homeschooling and Life

A constant theme in our life abroad is the search for community. We were very blessed to experience true bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood once upon a time, but eventually those ties frayed as individuals followed their hearts and purposes elsewhere. Before coming to Muscat, the question crept up again and I’m pleased to report that the … Continue reading Cultivating Community for Homeschooling and Life

What We Will and Won’t Miss About Ankara

I’m not the type to look for signs, but I don’t ignore them either. The recent coup attempt in Turkey may or may not have been a sign, but it certainly caught our attention. As a lone incident, it was an unfortunate shock, but as a climax following series of attacks and incidents in Istanbul … Continue reading What We Will and Won’t Miss About Ankara

Reflecting on Our First Ramadan in Ankara

This Ramadan has been challenging and it has nothing to do with hunger, thirst, or heat. There is something intangible missing—namely that collective common spirit that I’m accustomed to feeling in either the wider consciousness of a Muslim country or the intentional consciousness of a dedicated minority. Still trying to figure out how to comprehend … Continue reading Reflecting on Our First Ramadan in Ankara