Exploring Amman One Step at a Time
Dec15

Exploring Amman One Step at a Time

When some people go abroad they seek out “cultural activities” like learning how to cook the local cuisine or playing a traditional instrument. While I did spend time painstakingly tracing Arabic calligraphy and cooking knafeh (a delicious Jordanian dessert), one of my favorite Jordanian activities was fastwalking. Early in the semester, my friends and I heard about a fastwalking group in Amman and thought, why not? Back home, I love...

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Somewhere Sunny and 75
Dec05

Somewhere Sunny and 75

I sighed taking in a deep breath of the sea air and feeling the warm sunrays soak into my skin. The transparent water broke gently along the pebbled shore. I don’t know exactly what I pictured when I signed up to study in Jordan but lying on the beach, in a bikini, sipping a pina colata definitely wasn’t it. When asked  the Middle East, most people picture masked gunmen yelling angrily in Arabic or silent, oppressed women covered...

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Welcome to Jordan!
Nov02

Welcome to Jordan!

The reaction played out so similarly every time that I came to expect it. My friend or family member would ask about my plans for the fall to which I’d reply that I was going to Jordan. There was always a moment of surprise followed by a look of confusion and slight embarrassment. “So where exactly is Jordan?” was often the follow-up question. My travel abroad experience was actually based on a very similar question. For as long as I...

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