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Goodbye Party

I was dutifully typing away at my computer when all of a sudden, the door burst open and everyone yelled, “Surprise!” Then Yasmine walked in with a luscious-looking cake that was gushing strawberries. I was speechless, which was really bad … Continue reading

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Playing Teacher

As I pinned Melissa’s arm to the table, the chorus chimed in: “Melissa is weaker than Stacy. Stacy is stronger than Melissa.” I flexed my arm muscles in victory while Melissa fake-grimaced in pain. We were teaching an English class, … Continue reading

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The amazing Wadi Hasa

On our last free weekend in Jordan, we decided to go on a hike in one of Jordan’s famous wadis, or valleys. My roommate had recommended Wadi Hasa, a valley that has a natural stream in the middle. As a … Continue reading

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Third time’s the charm

By the time we paid for dinner at our restaurant, it was dark and everyone and their mother wanted to find a taxi. After five minutes, we finally flagged one down, and hopped in. Al-mustashfa al-ordon, we directed. Jordan hospital. … Continue reading

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Interview with two muhajabes

As part of my seminar class on Jordanian history and culture, I’m writing a short research paper on the hijab–or head covering that Muslim women wear–in Jordan. There are hardly any scholarly articles written about the hijab in the present-day Arab world, and even fewer that … Continue reading

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Resort Shenanigans

We could feel the electricity in the air as the small boy stood on the edge of the pool with the ball in his hands. When he squatted down and threw it as high as his little arms could manage, … Continue reading

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When “your mom” jokes really aren’t appropriate….

Two weekends ago, we took an excursion to visit the SOS Children’s Village, a large orphanage in Amman. The orphanage houses 345 children, who range from infants to 18-year-olds. Islam entreats society to care for orphans, but adoption is slightly … Continue reading

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