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Here are a few pictures that I have taken over the past few weeks! They include the Red Sea, Aqaba, Wadi Rum, tallest mountain in Jordan and Disi Village.

Enjoy--

Gabriela

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Pictures!!

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Here are a few pictures that I have taken over the past few weeks! They include the Red Sea, Aqaba, Wadi Rum, tallest mountain in Jordan and Disi Village. Enjoy– Gabriela

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07/14/11

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Gabriela Flax

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    [post_content] => I just completed one of the most unique homestays, that I am sure I will ever experience. We spent two nights with bedoins in the desert of Wadi Rum in their traditional tents made from goat hair. We were broken up into small gender segragated group and driven out into the desert to meet our new families. My family lived in a small tent with seperate sides for the males and females and this tent was surrounded with animals of all kinds. There was two camels, many goats and sheep, and a few dogs to protect the family and all of the other animals. These animals were the family's main source of income as well as were they got many of their own supplies such as milk. The women in the family spent most of their time cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the animals. When we arrived the first thing we did with our host mother and two sisters (17 and 10) was make bread and tea, an activity that we soon learned would become a major part of our day. We also gave the animals water using an amazing irrigation system that brings water down from the mountian and made dinner. The next day we were woken up with the sunrise at about six to make breakfast and get ready for the day before it got too hot. Karma, Maddie, and I then went out with our sisters to herd the goats and sheep. The process is simple: walk with the animals to the mountian, make tea, walk the animals back, make tea. As we walked the older sister played her flute and it seemed almost surreal. Do people acutally walk across the desert herding animals and playing the flute? After this experience I can tell you that this happens on a daily basis. As the animals ate we made tea, drank tea, chatted, and napped. Then we milked a goat and drank fresh goats milk and walked back to our home. The rest of the day moved slowly, drinking tea, napping, talking, doing a few chores, but most being lazy, because there really is not much more you can do in the extreme heat. This life really moved at a completely different pace than anything I have experienced before. Comming from my fast paced, crazy life as an american high school, there was something extremely peaceful and relaxing about this lifestyle. While it is without a doubt a hard life, working daily just to survive, and living in the extreme elements of heat and sun, I can see why people still live this way and why it is so important that these unique cultures remain. Being a woman exploring this culutre is also extremely difficult, but I have realized that the women are the ones who get to really learn about the family and its inner sanctium as well as have a lot of the fun. We experinced this fun the last night when tons of women who were neighboors came over for dinner and we got to talk with them under the stars late into the night. I am now at my second homestay in Disi village living with a settled tribe in their houses and I cannot wait to see the contrast from my first homestay.Madison Inglett
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Wadi Rum

Madison Inglett,Jordan: Crossroads of Tradition and Modernity, Summer 2011

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07/13/11

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Madison Inglett

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    [post_content] => These people live for livings sake, canvas walls, metal rooves, dusty floors and plastic tarp. They view survival with ease and peacefulness. Repeated actions of making shai and hubz only account for a small bit of their traditional lives. Putting on makeup only to have it melt off in the day's heat, playing jacks out of small rocks and sketching in the sand. They live for the joy of those around them. But why is it that these people have not changed, adapted to more modern ways? How can families still live like this and not be taunted by the new age. In Western society, we wake up to improve, to strive and reach goals that can be unattainable. Yet for the Bedouin families, scattered throughout this hot arid desert, they wake up not only to live and carry out the day's work, but also to accept the innate knowledge that night will fall and yet again the sun will rise with the same intensions it has had For the past thousands of years, unchanged.  -Gabriela Flax
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07/13/11

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Gabriela Flax

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Out of the Desert

Greetings from Disi!

I just spent the past week living out in Wadi Rum, a desert far, far away from my home of New York City. After a few nights of sleeping under the stars, I began a two day homestay with a local Bedouin family, and the cyclical nature of their daily routine truly fascinated me. When I arrived at my family’s tent, I noticed a partition that divided their home into two halves: one for men and one for women. Each morning, I would wake up on the men’s half of the tent to my host father’s soft voice as he performed one of the five daily calls to prayer. Breakfast, prepared by the women, shortly ensued, and I found myself relaxing and conversing with my host brothers and father as the women tended to the family’s animals. Two to three times each day, I would accompany one of my host relatives and either herd or feed their various goats, sheep, camels, and more. I watched as they sold their livestock to other locals, bargaining hard for it is their main source of income. I played the card game War and some one on one soccer with my youngest host brother before sunset, and I taught my eldest host brother as much English as possible in the evening. These daily rituals continued throughout my stay, and I started to experience a feeling of disconnect that I never had before. The cries of my family’s animals replaced the wailing of sirens and car horns I was used to falling asleep to back in New York. All in all, slowing down (immensely) and just peacefully enjoying my time in the desert was an unbelievable experience that I will never forget.

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07/13/11

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Kennedy

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We received an update via telephone last night that our Jordan group is safely installed in their homestays in Disi Village. They will be there until the 16th of July, but unfortunately do not have internet in their village. The instructors are working on a way to get students to internet so that they can post yaks and email home within the next few days. We'll await their words with anticipation, knowing that everyone is safe and sound.

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07/12/11

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Simon Hart

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After an amazing two nights with nomadic Bedouin families on the outskirts of Wadi Rum, our tribe will reunite this morning and meet a new set of friends. We will accompany Abu Eid and his goat herd through windy canyons and not so green pastures as we migrate toward Disi Village and our next set of homestays with members of the Zawydeh tribe.

You can expect Yaks from our students within the next two to three days!

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07/10/11

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Instructor Team

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We received a telephone update from the group this morning. They are in the desert and enjoying the beauty and space that it offers. The group is healthy and safe and looking forward to a slow return to civilization.

Travel safely and slowly!

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All is Well in the Desert

Simon Hart,Jordan: Crossroads of Tradition and Modernity, Summer 2011

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We received a telephone update from the group this morning. They are in the desert and enjoying the beauty and space that it offers. The group is healthy and safe and looking forward to a slow return to civilization. Travel safely and slowly!

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07/7/11

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Simon Hart

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Hello! We are heading off on our trek! We'll be in and out of cell phone service through the 7th and then back to permanent internet on the 12th. We'll make intermittent calls to update our progress along the way.

July 4 - 8
Aqaba - Lawrence Road – Saudi border – Wadi Rum:
Preparation and departure for our four day trek up Lawrence of Arabia’s road to Wadi Rum. Meet Suleiman Sabbah Zalabiya, our erstwhile Bedouin guide, who has prepared for us an adventure full of surprises. Our trek will take us up Lawrence’s Road, toward (but not across!) the Saudi border and into our final destination, Wadi Rum – the heart of Bedouin territory.

July 8 - 10
Rural Homestays, Wadi Rum
Spend a day and two nights living and learning with nomadic Bedouin families who still call the deserts of Wadi Rum home. Observe and learn customs and traditions that have remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years.

July 10
Wadi Rum Visitor’s Center –-> Practice Makes Perfect
We will spend the morning at Wadi Rum Visitor’s Center learning about the management of this protected nature reserve. In the afternoon, we will be met by Awwad Radi Zawydeh, who will help us to put the skills learned in our rural homestay into practice as we travel from the Zalabiya territory in Rum to Zawydeh territory in Disi.

July 10 or 11
Practice Makes Perfect → Disi
Upon arrival to Disi, we will split our tribe into single gender groups as we prepare ourselves for our homestay in this traditional and welcoming village of settled Bedouin. Sleep one last time under the stars of Wadi Rum before joining families.

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Hello! We are heading off on our trek! We’ll be in and out of cell phone service through the 7th and then back to permanent internet on the 12th. We’ll make intermittent calls to update our progress along the way. July 4 – 8Aqaba – Lawrence Road – Saudi border – Wadi Rum:Preparation and departure […]

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07/4/11

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Instructor Team

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Greetings Friends and Family from Aqaba, Jordan!!!

Our amazing group of students and instructors all laded now four days ago in the small regional airport in the southern Jordanian city of Aqaba. A special economic zone, Aqaba is a budding metroplis that sits on the shores of the Red Sea and boarders Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

This small town boasts a population of just 100,000 people and the Jordanian government and the King have set the goals on Aqaba being perhaps the Dubai of Jordan!! Still a sleepy and in this seasona hot town, we spent our first 48 hours camped right on the shores of the South Beach in Aqaba at the Minestry of Education's scout camp.

We were spoiled with air conitioned dorm rooms, hot water and the sea so close by! That might be the only time during out entire trip that we will have the indugence of AC!! At the orientation we went through all sorts of activities getting to know each other, understanding what are the unique elements of a Dragons trip, necessary skills for our navigation of culture in Jordan and lots of briefings to keep of safe, healthy and happy!

We have since moved into the city where we are honing our language, bargaining, cuisine and cultural skils in the urban setting before we head off for our first set of desert adventure and Bedouin homestays in just two more days. We are gettting really excited to experience the sand dunes, unique wildlife, move as a tribe through the desert and heard goats!!!

Four Winds,

Yoli

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A Wonderful Orientation

Yoli Maya Yeh,Jordan: Crossroads of Tradition and Modernity, Summer 2011

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Greetings Friends and Family from Aqaba, Jordan!!! Our amazing group of students and instructors all laded now four days ago in the small regional airport in the southern Jordanian city of Aqaba. A special economic zone, Aqaba is a budding metroplis that sits on the shores of the Red Sea and boarders Israel, Egypt and […]

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07/2/11

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Yoli Maya Yeh

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The sun dances off the deep blue water, its rays bursting in every direction, hitting the brown mountaineous terrain of the Sinai Peninsula and the sandy beaches and white rooftops of Aqaba. The aroma of spices drifts with the currents of wind as my feet pad along the steaming cement streets. I look around and behold the vitality of Jordan's largest port city, vibrant with people walking in the streets and little children screeching and ogling our group of travelers. Armed with a smile and a practiced Salaamu'3aleiku, I embrace Aqaba with all my heart, and our journey begins.

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Jordan: Crossroads of Tradition and Modernity, Summer 2011

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Al-iiom fii Aqaba

Alba Sorge Berenguer,Jordan: Crossroads of Tradition and Modernity, Summer 2011

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The sun dances off the deep blue water, its rays bursting in every direction, hitting the brown mountaineous terrain of the Sinai Peninsula and the sandy beaches and white rooftops of Aqaba. The aroma of spices drifts with the currents of wind as my feet pad along the steaming cement streets. I look around and […]

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07/1/11

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Alba Sorge Berenguer

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