Oman

One of the most convenient aspects of living in Jordan is the accessibility of travel. It is fairly inexpensive to travel internationally due to Jordan’s location between the Mediterranean and Gulf states. My roommate and I decided to take advantage of our location and, on a whim, booked last-minute plane tickets to Muscat, Oman. Three…

Life “bilarabi”

After over a month of living in Amman and abiding by a language pledge, Arabic has started to feel seamless and natural for the first time- albeit infuriating and headache-inducing as well. Living life in Arabic is not only challenging me to think, read, and speak in the language, but it is teaching me humility…

Amsterdam, Brussels, Prague… OH MY!

This week was The University of Edinburgh’s ‘Flexible Learning Week’ which means the students have a whole week to catch up on work and focus on their studies. I decided to go to three different countries instead. I am not advertising procrastinating and not getting your work done- I just decided to take the week…

Edinburgh: Finding Hidden Places

Edinburgh is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world for obvious reasons. There’s the Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, the Royal Mile, Harry Potter sites, free museums, old churches… There is so much to do! A benefit for staying in Edinburgh for a whole semester is I can do all of those fun…

Ahlan wa sahlan, again.

Returning to life in Jordan after five months in the United States has unexpectedly felt natural, easy even. Last summer, I studied Arabic for two months in the same area of Amman and fell in love with the language, people, and culture. While my academic program at my home institution requires a semester abroad in…

Jordan: What studying abroad has taught me

What Studying Abroad Has Taught Me About… Friendship The nature of friendship is inherently transitory. When you look back on your life, at your elementary, middle school, high school, and college friends, you see how you’ve changed through the lens of the different people who have blessed your life. Some stay, and others move in…

Jordan: Culture Shock

Culture You hear a lot about culture shock while you’re preparing to study abroad. Some get it worse than others. I think the most determining factors are preparation and openness. Meaning, it is absolutely necessary to prepare for living in another country for a semester by reading up as much as you can on societal…

Istanbul

For the week-long fall break, my friends and I planned a trip to Istanbul. Istanbul is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been. It felt like European city, but full of Eastern history and beautiful mosques. We stayed within walking distance of another wonderful shopping street, Istiklal. Our neighborhood was right underneath Galata…

Jerusalem

I’ve been in Amman for over two months now. Approaching the halfway point has been an incredible (albeit sometimes exhausting) experience of culture shock, adjustment, and adventure. My trips outside Amman have allowed me to have a more immersive and diverse study abroad experience. In the next two posts, I’ll be writing about my long…

Petra/Wadi Rum

From riding camels in the desert, to climbing mountains to ancient monestaries, to getting held up at one of the tightest borders in the world, my first month in the Middle East has been unforgettable as well as exhausting. In this blog post, I’ll talk about my weekend trips to Wadi Rum and Petra. In…

The Most Important Skill During A Study-Abroad

I’ve been in just Japan two weeks, and the number of differences that I’ve faced have been astounding. Sure, there are tons of good differences: people are unusually quiet, clean, and polite; convenience stores here are a godsend and even put my beloved Kwik Trip to shame; and Japanese toilets are so nice that they…