Monthly Archives: June 2011

No, I do NOT work for the CIA!

“You are here with the CIA?” The man’s eyes swelled to round saucers. He swallowed and looked around once. I had to clarify, and quickly. “La, la, la, la! CI-E-E, not the CIA!” The conversation had started when one of … Continue reading

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INJAZ Volunteer Awards

I spend half of each weekday at my internship with INJAZ, a local NGO whose mission is to prepare Jordanian youth to become productive members of society and to succeed in a global economy. INJAZ has many programs, including a … Continue reading

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Jerash

Last weekend, we visited Jerash, a city full of ancient Roman ruins. The ruins are quite impressive, but even more impressive is the fact that over half of them are still underground. As organizations like the American Center for Oriental … Continue reading

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Correction: There ARE female taxi drivers in Amman

I originally wrote that female cannot be taxi drivers in Amman, but my Arabic professor from Claremont (who is Jordanian) pointed out that this is not true. A Google search turns up Lonely Planet’s guidebook to traveling in Jordan. According … Continue reading

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Mujadarrah (Lentils with Rice and Fried Onions)

  At the grocery store the first week, I bought lentils, rice and onions since they were some of the cheapest things in the store. (Total for a pound of rice, a pound of lentils and 8 onions: about $2.8 … Continue reading

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The Past Few Weeks…

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Hamboorgoor

The poor, confused butcher stood between a whole, skinned goat and a pile of beef flanks. “Ham-boorgoor?” he asked. “Nam!” I repeated. He showed me some hamburger buns, but I shook my head no. “La. Bidee laham hamburger!” I want … Continue reading

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