“You are going where?” her father had practically shouted from his lazy boy when she announced her plans. To help him understand, she pulled up a map on the computer, and pointed to #Dubai, tucked among the other Emirates on a peninsula that separated the #PersianGulf from the Gulf of #Oman.
Her father’s finger traced the other countries on the computer screen: #SaudiArabia, #Iran, #Yemen.
“Jesus Christ Shivy, couldn’t you go to #England?”
“The demand for English teachers in #London isn’t quite as high, Dad,” Siobhan replied, and he had sighed before looking back to the map.
A week later Siobhan sat at the family computer and laughed when she saw the Department of State’s Travel Guide pulled up to the #UnitedArabEmirates. The truth, she knew, was that her dad was more worried about being in the house alone than he was about her safety.