If all goes well, I am moving to Aqaba, Jordan. Last week, I got an offer to teach at a new university that will start its first semester this September. I am still waiting on some paper work for the final confirmation.
As much as I loved the beautiful green landscapes in Missouri I hated its winter and the fact that it has no beaches. The last two winter there were especially brutally cold. I always wanted to live in a warmer place that also has a beache.
Last summer, I took a break from my PhD because it was about time to do some changes in my life. I was planing to apply for jobs in UAE or Qatar. But, I was enjoying my sabbatical and having fun with my family to bother applying for jobs in the Gulf. I did apply to few jobs in the Gulf though, via uploading my resume to online job listings, but I wasn’t very serious about it. Maybe, I wasn’t ready to move there yet.
Anyway, via word of mouth I knew about a new university that was going to open in Aqaba and was hiring. I thought this is where I want to work and live. I sent my resume, did an interview and viola!
I have only been once to Aqaba in the mid 90s but I heard a lot has changed since then. From what I read Aqaba is one of the best diving and snorkeling destinations in the world. “During national holidays, Jordanians from the north, particularly Amman and Irbid, flock to Aqaba’s luxury resorts and sandy beaches. During these holiday weekends, hotel occupancy reaches 100%.” Of foreign tourists, Europeans visit the most. Aqaba would be the second city I live that is a tourist destination. The first was Penang in Malaysia.
An American student I once taught was based in Aqaba. He was in the military. I don’t know if there is still an American military base in Aqaba. It would be nice meeting some Americans in Aqaba.
I can’t wait moving to Aqaba soon!
Brace yourself for lots and lots of vanity beach pictures 🙂