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…

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…

Amman: First Impressions

Carrying three suitcases with only two arms isn’t easy. Crossing the craziest traffic you’ve ever seen in your life with ten other people isn’t easy. Remembering to throw away your toilet paper instead of flushing it, and relearning a language you’ve spent two years studying in a different dialect isn’t easy. But after only two…

Jordan: Final Thoughts

Jordan. Where do I begin? Over the last 6 months I’ve experienced my highest highs, and my lowest lows. From being completely alone and 6,800 miles away from my friends and family, to being joined by several familiar faces in the last two months, I’ve certainly grown as a person and I’ve learned a good…

Jordan: Good Eats

Hello again! I am near to completing my time in Jordan and cannot wait to share my final thoughts. But this week, let’s talk about Jordan’s incredible food scene! It certainly wouldn’t be a stretch to say that I am quite a picky eater. So, when I first got here, I was pretty nervous about…