One might think that I’ve traveled enough to avoid statements like ‘why would I want to go to Cyprus?’ I’m glad there are others wiser than me. I love Cyprus.  I actually only ended up going because a girl who I was then dating couldn’t go to Syria (and thenContinue Reading

The Wadi Hasa in Jordan provided an unforgettable trek during my tenure abroad and proved a fitting end for a long-time friend. About 30 minutes ago, I returned from a 2-day trip to Wadi Hasa, which is a river canyon about two hours south of Amman near Kerak, home toContinue Reading

As for my current semester, I’ve changed programs and am now in an immersion program for which I have a homestay with a Jordanian family, classes and excursions in only Arabic and a language pledge to converse only in Arabic (only mildly breaking that one currently). I’ve moved in withContinue Reading

Following the New Year, spent in a small café drinking coffee with Egyptians and missing the countdown because the Hijri calendar New Year falls on a different date than the Gregorian one, I made my way through Israel.  I spent two days in al-Quds (aka Jerusalem) during which I walkedContinue Reading

After a little bit of travel in Jordan at the conclusion of last semester, I packed up and headed down to the land of the Pharaohs, or as I am more concerned with, the home of the Fatimid Empire; I truly lament not having a better background in pharaonic historyContinue Reading