|The amazing Iman -- social worker, problem solver, logistics miracle worker -- and party planner besides. She's the best.|
|So much good food, it was ridiculous. Not that I'm complaining...|
Of course, it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without some kind of drama, but ours was not of the family version. Rather, the students (18 student researchers and 10 English teaching assistants (ETAs) -- or everyone but Tess, Angela and me) were all in the running for a trip to Morocco. It turns out that the Fulbright Middle East Program holds a student conference hosted in two sites -- Jordan and Morocco. Half the students in the region go to to one conference and half to the other, so half of each of our student groups would be staying for the Amman conference and the other half would be flying across North Africa to join the Morocco conference. So, as we all sat around in food comas, Alain, the Commission Executive Director, conducted a drawing to determine who would go and who would stay. Everyone accepted the results with remarkable grace, leaving me to conclude that all bad news should be delivered to people who have already been stuffed with turkey and Tess's pecan pie.
|Chris and I feeling happy and very, very full.|
After we had all left the dinner, one of the Fulbright ETAs, Jennifer, posted a lovely list of things she had to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, ending with Senator William Fulbright, the man who convinced his fellow Senators that his new idea for a global academic exchange could truly serve American interests around the world.
|This is Jennifer, who I mentioned above, together with Daniel and Hannah.|