So yesterday we spent the whole afternoon with Kallie and Ben – a couple from Nevada. She is going to be teaching in Al Ain with us and Ben is a really talented artist – you can see his beautifully breathtaking artwork on his website. God is really amazing because, get a load of this, they went to Indiana Wesleyan University, the sister college of Houghton College where Scott and I went. How funny to meet them here, all the way across the world! We decided to all go to Al Ain yesterday to check out our apartments and get familiar with the area before we officially move there. When we got to Al Ain we found out that we will only be living 5 min from each other – yaay! Driving to Al Ain was so beautiful – we even got a glimpse at some sand dunes on our way there. So after exploring our places, and Kallie and Ben getting some furniture delivered we went to have some curry at the mall (pictured above). Unfortunately the food is not labeled well here, and well, all the food from the restaurant we went to contained Cashew nuts – and Ben is allergic! Nothing warned that the food was made with nuts and after Ben ate most of it he realized that his eyes and nose were getting puffy. Thankfully we noticed that there was a hospital nearby the mall on the map and took him right over there. Thank God everything was alright. The emergency room was super clean, and super efficient. We waited maybe 5 min before they took Ben back and the nurse spoke English. He got the shots he needed and the hooked him up to an IV. They spent probably 3 hours in the hospital room and we were all worried what the cost of this visit was going to be. We were told that while we are insured from the moment we arrived, we have to wait for our medical cards – which means if something happens now we pay and get reimbursed later. Well, get a load of this – their whole emergency room visit cost 250Dh – which is the equivalent to 70 dollars!! And that is without insurance!! Can you believe it!? Mom, you will be happy to know that the hospitals here are really safe, really clean, really organized, and really affordable!!! Thankfully the swelling went down, and Ben was back to himself by the time we left the hospital. He was even willing to go back to the mall and shop around for some stuff for the apartment! So, while shopping around, look who we found . . .
Scott and I got a washer (no dryer, they don’t really have them here and with the rooftop access our clothes will dry in minutes in this heat!), a refrigerator, a new carpet, and some started pots and pans. They will deliver and install the washer and refrigerator for free once we move in. The carpet is just so beautiful we couldn’t wait to get back and see how it looked in our new apartment:
After putting the carpet in we went to our rooftop again and its looks so incredible at night. The lights form the city are all around and the moon was shining down on us. I see Scott and I spending many an evening up there. Before ending this post I have to add that we filled up the gas tank on the way back – and get a load of this – only 11.00 dollars to fill it up!!! 11 dollars!!! Can you believe that?? I can’t. So on that night I leave you – good morning, good night, or good afternoon to all whatever time zone you may be in . . .