I have a longer post I'm working on, but I thought I would give a flavor of how long we spend in transport daily and why you don't hear from me often.
6 am-7:20 Wake up, eat breakfast, pack school lunches and head to a friend's house 2 blocks away where the kids' get a ride to school.
7:30-8:05 Walk from our hill down to the balad and up another hill to our school
8:15-12:15 Arabic classes (three classes total. Two spoken Arabic and one class written Arabic)
12:15-12:45 Walk down to the balad and catch a servees up our hill
12:45-2:00 Study, catch up on housework, shop for food for dinner
2:00-3:45 Walk through the balad to catch a minibus out to the kids' school. Pick up our kids and our friends' kids. Catch a taxi home from the kids' school.
4:00-6:00 Prep dinner, look at kids' schoolwork and homework
6:00-8:00 Clean up from dinner, maybe shower kids, Arabic homework
8:00-10:00 Study and relax with Jason if I'm lucky
Wash, rinse, repeat, 5 days a week.