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Archive for the month “February, 2012”

Birthdays and Baq’a

“So I met this guy…” Pause for the hysterical laughter, marriage jokes, and concern because really, this always sounds a little sketch. To be fair, some of us do have to interact with more sketchiness than others and both sorts of stories start off in the same way. This is kind of a crazy story- but not sketchy.

But really in all seriousness, my roommate Danielle and I met this guy at  our (MANDATORY, srsly guys) conversation club. Middlebury set it up for us to get to know Arab students at the university and provide us with an opportunity to speak Arabic with native speakers our own age. No one was really excited about this- I can’t even remember why. But we all managed to drag ourselves there, after scarfing down sandwiches on the run (Midd, why you plan no lunch time?!)

Last Friday was also the birthday of my youngest host brother, Bashar, who’s now 3! We had already decided to go out and buy him a present after conversation club was over. Mahmud, one of the guys we met during the club offered to go with us to help pick out a present and show us where we could find something.

First, we check out one of the malls close to the university (side note- there are a LOT of malls in Amman. Also pharmacies and furniture stores.) Read more…

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Mind Explosion?

Something about Jordan- I always feel as if my brain is about to explode.

No, seriously. It’s not necessarily that more is going on here. I just concentrate far, far more on everyday life. Not just because it’s fascinating and I want to learn more, but because it’s necessary. To stay connected to one conversation in Arabic, I have to concentrate solely on that, otherwise I’ll hear words from another conversation nearby and my mind will start jumping from conversation to conversation, trying to absorb everything and perking up to say, “Look, I know things!” But then I don’t understand what’s actually going on, just a few words from each conversation. And sadly, my concentrating face is not a smile! Someday I hope to be able to tune out of conversations a bit or not be distracted by other conversations in the vicinity… but that day is not today.

Not only that, but each day is a learning experience. All day, er’ry day. Read more…

In which Jordan has a snow day…

So I may have been a bit optimistic when creating this blog. If you look above, the subtitle is “the semester of fun, sun, and Arabic”. I listened to all the students last semester who said it rained twice, and they went dancing outside when it did.

Well.

Two days ago…

Somewhat shockingly (but like SERIOUSLY), there is a winter season in Jordan. It involves rain. And I don’t mean just a drizzle. Yesterday a bunch of the roads were completely flooded. Which is good for Jordan, since any water is so precious here! But seriously, seriously unexpected.

Also cold. As in cold enough for…

SNOW

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Middle East Time Zones

Seriously, who came up with this map? I am so confused by this. I had no idea there weren’t “stripey” time zones like the US in the rest of the world. I knew all of China was one time but this is crazy! And apparently more normal…

http://www.worldtimezone.com/time-middle-east24.php

Oh Procrastination…

Hello all and welcome to my brand-spanking new blog about my semester in Amman, Jordan. This post (funny enough) was supposed to be written days ago. But time ran away from me and so I said I would write it while in NYC… and then it was the airport… the airplane… And now I’m sitting in my bed at my homestay! I may have managed to royally screw up my sleep schedule already, seeing as how currently it feels about noon to me while in Jordan it’s a bit after 1am and back home it’s 6 in the evening. I’ve no idea HOW I managed this.

No real update yet, except that I’m alive (yay!) and it rained. Orientation starts Sunday so I have a day to get settled in before the madness begins! Photos, stories, and adventures to come, so stay tuned 😀

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