Jordan: Aqaba

Hi! You know that feeling when you open your oven and all that hot air rushes at you at once? That pretty much encompasses what it feels like to be in Aqaba, Jordan. Situated at the base of Jordan and bordered by Saudi, Israel/Palestine, and Egypt, Aqaba is truly a cultural epicenter of grand proportions,…

Jordan: Border Crossing

Hi! Welcome to this week’s blog about my border crossing experience. I would like to preface this post by saying experiences will vary when attempting to cross the Jordanian-Israeli/Palestinian border. I’ve heard horror stories from students as well as some from others that said they were able to pass with relative ease. I think it…

Jordan: Petra

Hello again and buckle up for a super long blog! As I alluded to in the previous blog, this one is all about my experience in Petra! Boy did I have high hopes for visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World! The sites were as amazing as expected, however, after I contracted a…

Jordan: Sickness

Welcome back! This may be an odd piece to be quite honest. I’ve thought a lot about how to write this next post and still haven’t completely figured it out. I wanted to address how to deal with not feeling your best while traveling. Getting your body acclimated to another country’s food can be very…

Jordan: Ramadan

Hello! I can’t believe it is almost June! I am officially 2/3rds of the way through my stint here in Jordan and I honestly cannot believe how quickly the time has gone by. While I’m not looking forward to the weather getting any warmer than it already is, I am looking forward to the end…

Jordan: Wadi Rum

Hello and welcome back! In my last blog I said Ajloun was my favorite place so far in Jordan. I truly did not believe the beauty of the rolling hills covered in olive trees could be topped. However, at this point in my travels I can confidently say that it has, in fact, been replaced…

Jordan: Ajloun

Hello, friends! My travels took me to Ajloun, Jordan this week! So far, definitely the most picturesque place in Jordan I have visited yet. The rolling hills and winding road kept me on my toes as the views changed with every new angle of observation. I feel so blessed and truly spoiled to have gotten…

Jordan: Dead Sea

Hello again! I just got back from the Dead Sea and cannot wait to tell about my experience, as well as what I would do differently if I got another go at it! The trip started around 7am with a relaxing walk to the pick-up point to meet the group I would be traveling with….

Jordan: Managing Stress and Anxiety

Living in a different country can certainly cause a great deal of stress on an individual. I have definitely experienced this in the last two months! Everything can be so overwhelming at times. Also, there’s no possible way to fully prepare yourself ahead of time for what you might experience. That being said, typically my…

Jordan: Exploring Jerash

This week I went on an incredible adventure around the city of Jerash! It started with my teachers and I catching a cab to the bus stop. We each paid our 1JD and got onto the bus. The ride took about an hour and 15 minutes from Amman to get to Jerash. The ride was…

Jordan: Acclimation

Hello there! It’s Caetlind, again. Today I finally decided to sit down and write about one of the hardest situations I’ve faced so far in my journey: adjusting to life in Jordan. Let’s jump into it! On January 30th I left my family and friends behind to embark on a journey of a lifetime: 6…

Jordan: Packing Tips

Hi! My name is Caetlind and this is my first blog post ever! I am a junior at the university double majoring in Arabic and Anthropology and have been given the incredible opportunity to study abroad in Amman, Jordan! Let’s jump into it! I should have probably mentioned before that I will be spending 6…