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When English is forbidden

When English is forbidden

by Emily N. You think you know a foreign language until you’re forced to speak it all day. You may have had years of classes, read books or stories in this language, written papers, given presentations — you name it — but when you arrive in a foreign country, you may very well not understand […]

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JO’s quirks

Filed in Blog, Jordan by on May 11, 2015

It is sad to think that my year-long study abroad journey is coming to an end in a week’s time, but I am choosing to not be sad about this. Knowing I will return to this beautiful country in a few years down the road, instead, I would like to pay homage to some of […]

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A week spent in Greek heaven

Filed in Blog, Greece, Jordan by on April 11, 2015
A week spent in Greek heaven

Having encountered two of the busiest weeks of this semester, I finally sat down to reflect on the amazing spring break trip I had in Greece. It would take too long to describe every single experience during the break, but I will do my best to capture some of the small things that really touched […]

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Salt, minerals and zero presence of life: A day spent at the Dead Sea

Filed in Blog, Jordan by on March 19, 2015
Salt, minerals and zero presence of life: A day spent at the Dead Sea

Salt, minerals and mud. In other words, Sasha finally managed to visit the Dead Sea on Friday the 13th. After last semester’s CIEE students got to attend a planned trip, I was extremely jealous of the fact that I somehow managed to sleep through my alarm on that dreary Saturday morning. And even this semester, […]

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First impressions at Generations For Peace

Filed in Blog, Jordan by on March 2, 2015

What partially drew me to studying in Jordan through the CIEE program was the fact that, for the second semester, students were told they would be given an opportunity to apply for a local internship. And now, six months later, and I am finally interning with Generations For Peace, an NGO dedicated to “empowering, mentoring […]

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A little relaxation at Al-Pasha Turkish Bath

Filed in Blog, Jordan by on February 17, 2015

After a long week of classes and the start of my internship last week (which will be discussed in later posts), feeling fatigued I decided it was time to visit a Turkish bath. This was a first-time experience partially due to my hesitation of visiting such a bath. I heard several “horror stories” from friends […]

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Jabal Al-Webdeh

Filed in Blog, Jordan by on February 2, 2015
Jabal Al-Webdeh

Out of all the neighborhoods in Amman, Jabal Al-Webdeh is without a doubt my absolute favorite. Known as the arts district, it has become my favorite nook for many reasons. As studying is a big priority for me, I often visit a couple of the same cafes in this area. Both Kepi and Café Graffiti […]

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Coming back to [snowy] Jordan

Filed in Blog, Jordan by on January 13, 2015
Coming back to [snowy] Jordan

After two weeks of eating mom’s Ukrainian cooking, celebrating the holidays merrily and speaking entirely in English, I eagerly boarded the plane from Kansas City en route to Chicago en route to Jordan on Jan. 3. It wasn’t that I was so ecstatic to leave my family, but I was ready to resume the bustling […]

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Surreal return to America

Filed in Blog, Jordan by on January 7, 2015

I have been back in the States for a little over a week now and it feels very surreal. The pace of life here is nothing compared to Amman’s. It’s almost boring to not hear a constant clash of car honks and cat fights outside of my window. However, unlike most students who have returned […]

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Semester reflections

Filed in Blog, Jordan by on November 25, 2014

As my first semester in Jordan draws to a close (less than 20 days until I fly home,) I am scrambling to work out final details for next semester while also trying to start an eight page research paper and study for final exams. Tomorrow is a meeting for yearlong students and in this meeting […]

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