Learning.

Hey everyone! We’re now in the second half of our program here and school is picking up or sure! We’ve started learning the future tense, clothing and occupations so I find myself memorizing many new words in the hopes of retaining a few! I’ve managed to find some time for some fun however! Recently a …

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Dancing in the hamam.

Ahlan wa Sahlan! We’ve been pretty focused on our Arabic studies here lately.  It’s crazy but we just had our MIDTERM! I can’t believe my time here is ending so soon.  However, my Arabic has improved dramatically since I have been here, especially my dialect vocabulary.  In class we have learned so many new words …

Amman Update

Ahlan wa sahlan! These past two days have been quite the blur of activity, exploring Amman and adjusting to a new culture, language and country. This past weekend we had a homework assignment that basically consisted of exploring Amman and becoming more comfortable with the layout of the city.  In groups of four we traipsed …

Humility.

There are no words to describe the kindness of humanity.  It is a universal entity that is blessed upon us and is the only light that can bring us out of tragedies that surround us.  Even in the darkness of hatred and violence, there are people in this world that persevere.  They use what little …

الأردن

Well I made it to Jordan! After an overnight flight I landed at Queen Alia airport at 2 am Jordan time safe and sound (passport included)!  I was met at the gate by Farhana, a student who works with Denis and organized basically this whole trip for us, and the driver Bilal.  My introduction to …

10 euros.

Have you ever been in alone in a foreign country with 10 euros to your name and no identity? It is terrifying.  But there are some supremely helpful and nice people in this world, people that are willing to run around Frankfurt with you looking for a Western Union.  People who are willing to accept …

103 hours.

Coming at you live from the Frankfurt International Airport.  I bring you a special addition of stranded and alone, passport less and officially breaking German law by not having an official identity, 35 Euros to my name and the rest of my group continuing on to Amman.  Why? Because you should never drink beer on a …

Pre:

I have 36 hours before I begin my journey to Jordan. 36 hours and up to 5 panic attacks. I am lucky enough to be participating in Northeastern University’s Dialogue of Civilizations program where I will be travelling to Amman, Jordan to study Arabic and the Arab Spring for around 4 1/2 weeks.While there I will …

Precipice

Right now we stand on a ledge.  We have stood on this ledge for years now, centuries, and yet we don't jump and we don't step back.  We are standing on this ledge breathing in puffs of air that come out short and come out long and sometimes don't come out quite at all.  We …