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Dear Amman

Now that I have left you, I have realized how much I love you. It’s like when they pave paradise to put up a parking lot, which is basically what has happened to you. You used to be a city of “mountains and rivers,” referred to even as Philadelphia (city of brotherly love/friendship) way back …

I’m Every Woman

This is a brief reflection on being a woman in an Arab country. It in no way claims to contain every perspective or give a holostic view of what it is like to be a woman in an Arab country/culture. These are stories told to me and my story. And now that the disclaimer is …

You got somewhere better to be?

I don’t think I ever met someone who wasn’t trying to get out of Jordan, or had not lived outside of Jordan before. The country of Jordan is beautiful, a shelter in the storm that is the Middle East. It has everything, a massive, modern city, a quiet countryside, rich historical sites, and plenty of …

The wind goes where the boat wants it

Thank God my friend Melissa is a psychology major. We are beginning week three of my study abroad program’s independent research portion, meaning my days are no longer set by classes and controlled by the chaos that was the SIT office. Rather, they begin with two hours of Arabic tutoring in the local dialect and …