On Taking Shots of Olive Oil — A Professor Abroad

Ok, so we didn’t actually take shots of olive oil, at least in the sense of downing them quickly. We did take pictures. And we did have to drink it. From a glass. Without bread…

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On Mountains and Olive Hills — A Professor Abroad

We’re on a bus on our way to Córdoba (a three hour drive from Granada), and though I’m writing from my phone, it seems as good a time as any to pause and reflect on the last four days. The WiFi in our apartment went out yesterday (the one evening I planned to stay in […]

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On Jordanian Hospitality

It’s not every day someone offers to find me a husband. But after two hours of conversation and a spectacular feast with a Jordanian host family, the mother assured me that if I ever came back to Jordan, I simply had to tell her my preferences she’d have a line of potential suitors waiting for me. Apparently being a “pretty American girl” with “great hair” makes me a hot commodity around these parts. So, I’ll be keeping that in my back pocket for the time being. (She was definitely mostly serious.) Continue reading

On My First 26 Hours in the Middle East

I got into Jordan around 9:00 pm last night (Saturday) after leaving my house around 3:00 pm Friday. Since then, I’ve been going through cycles of exhaustion and inexplicable alertness, and I think it’s safe to say my circadian rhythm is as rhythmic as my regular rhythm (i.e. not at all). But I’m hopeful things will get on track tonight.

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On the Importance of Good Weather

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Until the past couple of days, I hadn’t truly realized how much of this trip was contingent on nature cooperating. Overall, we’ve had outstanding luck. Admittedly, our photo tour of the northern lights was a blizzardy bust. But we got to see them the next night (if not take great photos), and for our trip to Lillehammer today, we couldn’t have asked for nicer weather.

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