My week off

I love the fall.  It’s my favorite season of the year, and it looks like it’s finally here.  We’ve turned off our air conditioner in the house and we’re enjoying the nice change in weather.  It’s great to be able to go outside and be comfortable!

I’m on break from my job at ASU.  Our terms are only 8 weeks long, so we finished the first fall session last week.  I really like the schedule at ASU, and I think it is good for the students.  Each of our courses only lasts 8 weeks, but we cover a full semester’s worth of material.  Students are in class for 4-6 hours a day, so it’s intense, but students really learn a lot!  We’ll start the next session on Monday.  I’ve kept busy this week with a couple of other jobs (TOEFL and South Mountain Community College). 

Many of my students at ASU and one of my students at South Mountain were observing Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting.  They weren’t able to eat or drink anything from sunrise to sunset for about a month.  Ramadan ended last Friday, so my Turkish student at SMCC brought some Turkish food to class last night to celebrate!  She brought baklava and some lentil lettuce wraps.  The other students in the class had never tried any mediterranean food. They loved it! 

In other news, my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew left yesterday for Morocco.  They’re going to keep a blog while they’re there.  Here’s the address:  http://manna.castillomania.com/

I’m excited for them, but I’m really going to miss hanging out with Natalie and Mike and playing with Caleb.  I guess we need to start saving up for some plane tickets…

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