Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

جامعة الأردن

While I’ve had the opportunity to travel to the Dead Sea, kick back on beaches in Aqaba, ski down mountains in Lebanon, and more recently visit the Blue Mosque in Turkey–my most meaningful observations have come from spending time at the University of Jordan. Two of my four classes are located on the university’s campus, giving me a large block of time to get to know the habits of the students, attitudes of the teachers, and the atmosphere of the school. Meeting weekly with a UJ student to exchange English and Arabic tutoring has revealed the true nature of Arabic […]

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Monday, January 28th, 2013

Adhan Alarm

Ahlan was Sahlan from Amman! My first week here has called for some interesting adjustments, first and foremost, my daily wakeup call. While I expected to hear my iPhone’s best rendition of a fire alarm the first morning of orientation, I was greeted by a much more appealing and melodic noise.  As the sun was rising over Amman’s seven hills at 5 o’clock in the morning, the call to prayer echoed throughout the city. Formally known as Adhan, this Islamic ritual summons prayer, in which believers proclaim a statement of faith–or Kalimah–saying that there is only one God and Muhammad […]

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Jordan in 2013

While classes resume in Lewisburg tomorrow morning, I will be throwing together the last items on my packing checklist in preparation for my departure to Amman, Jordan, this coming Friday. As an international relations major with a concentration in the Middle East, my options for studying abroad were rather limited. But after several discussions with my study abroad adviser I decided on Jordan. While most relying on Western media would assume that my decision would cause my mother, let alone my university, to have a fit, this is not the case. Before proceeding in these blog posts, I must say […]

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