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Connecting Cultures

I thought I want to share my exceptional story with the amazing women on world pulse. On October, 2012 I was selected to participate in a program called “Connecting Cultures”, which was funded and supported by the Ministry of higher education of Muscat, Oman as well as UNICEF. Before I actually join the connecting culture trip, I had that one information about it; Group of girls from around the world, meeting in the desert of Oman. The whole idea sounded exciting, but I did not really understand how much there will be out of it.

In January, 2013 my journey started and If flew to Oman with my brain full of expectations. Who will I meet? Are they going to accept and understand me? What languages are they going to speak? On My arrival to the Airport I met two of the participants. One was from Germany, and the other from Holland, and both were excited, yet had so many questions. We went together to the hotel and the next day we met the rest of the group, which was 15 other women from different countries, including (UK, Spain, Andora, Poland, Finland, Oman, etc). it was amazing how we sat in a circle and we were given small note books to write on. We were then taken to the desert camp which was absolutely overwhelming.
The desert was a different story! Silence was charming. Sand Dunes were breathtaking, and camels were the best transportation means we can find. We were given tents and we had tent mates. Sleeping in tents lasted for one night only. Once we witnessed the beauty of stars at night we all decided to sleep outside our tents, not thinking about snakes, spiders, or scorpions. We lived away from technology and never showered for five days. We dedicated our time for social discussions and cultural understanding.

Throughout the journey we were thinking of one thing. We are the same and that we are all powerful and future leaders. We learned from our group discussions that all the conflict we witness in the world suddenly becomes vague and non sense. We realized that no matter where you come from, you share one thing in common with everyone else; your humanity. We all realized that no matter how harsh life conditions can get, like desert life, we can be the same human beings who live behind the computer everyday and make tens of phone calls and 100s of texts messages. In fact, the world looked and felt so quiet when we lived the simple desert camping life. We survived so much together and we learned so much from each other. The Connecting Culture program was not merely a desert camp. I personally learned that there is no culture that is wrong or right. Every culture is perfect by itself, and that human beings are the main architect of that culture.

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Deqa's picture

Wow

It must of been a great experience. I am soon going to Oman hopefully by August and I really look forward to the trip.
Love
Deqa

shahd's picture

great

Excellent. Hope you get to camp in the desert, even thought its going to be freaking hot by august.

Susan K.A.'s picture

Amazing!

Shahd,

Wow! What an amazing experience for you and the other women!! Thank you for sharing it and letting us visualize it and for sharing your insights as well. I'd like to hear more about what you learned about yourself and from others from your cultural exchanges--I hope you write more about it. I love how you all realized your common humanity--very inspiring!

Warmly,

Susan

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shahd's picture

Dear Suzan, Thanks a lot . I

Dear Suzan,

Thanks a lot . I have been to so many cultural exchange programs and will definitely write more

respect

Shahd

Hello shahd!

An amazing experience it sounds as though you and the other women had. Wow, to be so captivated by the open skies, and hearing and sharing aloud the life stories of each other, affirming each other is humanity in itself! We, as human beings, are taught fear. I commend you for being courageous, and more importantly shahd, an advocate for sisterhood.

Kindly,
imanigurl01

Imanigurl01

shahd's picture

LOVES

Thank you so much hun. I am so glad I can experience this with you and with other women on world pulse.

Love and Respect,

Shahd

Hi Shahd,

Since your awesome trip, have you been able to keep in touch with any of the other women who attended this trip?

imanigurl01

Imanigurl01

kirthijay's picture

This is a beautiful note!

This is a beautiful note! Thank you for sharing <3 <3 <3

shahd's picture

You welcome

You very Welcome Hun <3

shahd's picture

of course

Hi imagine Girl,

Yes, Absolutely! we are all connected online via our closed fb page and we keep sharing our cultural values online, hope we do the same through world pulse somehow

respects,

Shahd

JaniceW's picture

Connecting cultures

Shahd,

Given the different cultural exchange programs you have participated in, I wonder if there might be some lessons you learned that we could all benefit from. We have all grown up with certain biases borne out of the societies we grew up in and although the PulseWire community members are very open-minded, I am sure there are things you gained from the experience that we might all find insightful.

Perhaps we could form a group and engage in the same dialogues your group enjoyed under the stars.

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