I'm finally resurfacing after a summer of transition: We returned to home base in Washington DC after our 3-year assignment in Dubai, routing via Kenya for a wildlife safari (definitely the highpoint of the summer!)
Safari Highlight: Watching a cheetah stealthily hunt a gazelle!
Take home message: Everything is fair game in Nature!
For our children (now teenagers), this latest chapter in our global adventure was a chance to learn about life in a Muslim country ruled by an absolute monarchy, neither of which we’d experienced before. They experienced the reality of living in a desert landscape where water and shade are scarce, the sun is HOT, and sand is endless, and they saw what's possible, even in such a tough environment, if you have determined leaders with a vision. Most importantly, they made friends with kids who shared new perspectives – mostly Arab, British, South Asian, Palestinian at their international school – on everything from social trends to new foods and celebrations to politics.
It was a tearful goodbye for us all, but I always feel that’s the sign of a good cultural experience - that we made meaningful connections in a new part of the world which will stay with us long after we board the plane. Those connections have been the true gift of exploring the world with our kids; now we move onto discovering what awaits in our home country in the US….
Ambika Anand Prokop is a teacher, environmental planner, and mom. She has lived with her family in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. She loves creating books to help kids understand and enjoy the many fantastic cultures and natural landscapes of our planet!