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On the flight home, we asked the students to reflect on the past month complete the following sentences... Here are their responses, posted anonymously. Stephen, if you'd like to post yours, ahlan wa sahlan :-) I hope everyone is now making up for lost sleep and spending quality time with loved ones! To me, Jordan is.... After this experience, I am.... ---- To me, Jordan is the home to families who are now very dear to me. To me, Jordan is a beautiful, misunderstood world. To me, Jordan is a place that is both unknown and familiar all at once, a place of beautiful irony that tangles together. To me, Jordan is the place where I saw a unique yet surprisingly similar culture and people that took me in as one of their own for the far-too-short month I spent in the country. To me, Jordan is a reminder that different does not necessarily mean better or worse. A reminder that the world is far too complex to be put in boxes. To me, Jordan is more than a country, at is a home, a place where I will feel safe and is the center of a lifetime of curiosity. To me, Jordan is a quiet country filled with kind-hearted people and spotted with modern cities, rural communities, and untouched landscapes. To me, Jordan is a place where I will always feel welcome. After this experience, I am ready to speak with more confidence and constantly remember where I come from. After this experience, I am more inclined to ask the unasked. After this experience, I am fully aware that there are things in this world that I will never fully comprehend and that I am perfectly okay with that. After this experience, I am excited to tell my friends, family, and everyone else just how beautiful this country—its language, history, art, landscape, and inhabitants—is. After this experience, I am weak with confusion, and yet, I’ve never felt so strong. After this experience, I am a changed, improved, more knowledgeable, more open, more accepting, more understanding and appreciative, curious human being. After this experience, I am more aware of Jordanian and American culture. After this experience, I am happy and excited to be alive, and I am a more culturally aware person. [post_title] => Final reflections... [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => final-reflections-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-07-29 10:41:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-07-29 16:41:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=123724 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 88 [name] => Jordan 4-week [slug] => jordan-4-week-summer-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 88 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 51 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 88 [category_count] => 51 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Jordan 4-week [category_nicename] => jordan-4-week-summer-2015 [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/jordan-4-week-summer-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Jordan 4-week )

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Final reflections…

Elley Cannon,Jordan 4-week

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On the flight home, we asked the students to reflect on the past month complete the following sentences… Here are their responses, posted anonymously. Stephen, if you’d like to post yours, ahlan wa sahlan 🙂 I hope everyone is now making up for lost sleep and spending quality time with loved ones! To me, Jordan […]

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07/29/15

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Elley Cannon

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Jordan 4-week

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    [post_content] => Dear Family and Friends of Jordan students,

We're pleased to report that the flight from Amman has landed safely in NYC. The students are disembarking now and preparing to go through customs and immigration. Should you need any further assistance, please call our Admin cell phone: 303-921-6078, or email: update@wheretherebedragons.com.

Hope this finds you well.

Admin
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Landing in the US

Elinor Cannon,Jordan 4-week

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Dear Family and Friends of Jordan students, We’re pleased to report that the flight from Amman has landed safely in NYC. The students are disembarking now and preparing to go through customs and immigration. Should you need any further assistance, please call our Admin cell phone: 303-921-6078, or email: update@wheretherebedragons.com. Hope this finds you well. Admin

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07/28/15

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Elinor Cannon

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Jordan 4-week

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    [post_content] => You know that feeling you get when you finish a really good and riveting book? Well, get ready to experience that ten-fold. I had to come back a day early from the rest of my wonderful group, so I've had some serious time to think and reflect with no one but myself, my camera and The Lumineers. Nothing can fully prepare you for reintegration into your home country. Habits are made that either cannot be broken or are very hard to break. My poor cab driver, who drove me from JFK to my hotel was quite perplexed when he asked me "where  are we going?" And I replied, without thinking, "fundok Best Western low samaHt." (Hotel Best Western please) There are numerous physical habits that take time to shake, but I find it is the intangible and abstract that is nearly impossible to shake.

I like nostalgia. It reminds me of the happy memories and jubilant triumphs in life and pushes me to replicate them in many different ways. Though, sometimes, nostalgia can take away from your present being. For the past 24 hours I have been fighting the indescribable longing fed by nostalgia. If/when you feel this feeling however, I urge you to embrace it and ask yourself why you feel this way. The physical act of going to a place such as we have gone isn't the catalyst of nostalgia, rather the relationships made and experience we had. I felt this so strongly I sat down at this iPad at JFK airport and hastily wrote this yak. If you feel the same, just close your eyes and think about a memory that adds fuel to the light somewhere in your stomach so that you may have the drive to do it again one day, inshuhallah.

As Telekinesis would say, "Distance truly truly makes the heart grow weak, mine is growing frailer as we speak."

I love you all, ya shabaab! See you soon,

Stephen
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Sudden Onset Nostalgia

Stephen Babbitt,Jordan 4-week

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07/28/15

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Stephen Babbitt

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Jordan 4-week

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    [post_content] => Students are currently going through security on their way to their flight with Elley at Queen Alia International.

After one last breakfast of hummus, falafel, and pita bread, we packed it all up and listened to Hotel California on the way to the airport from Madaba.

While we, the two instructors staying behind (Ruth and James), are experiencing a lot of feelings watching students pass through the first passport/ticket check, we are sure anyone reading this Yak is anxious to be able to reconnect with the various members of this truly remarkable group of students.

Regards and hopes for warm reunions,

Ruth and James
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At the Airport!

James Bowker,Jordan 4-week

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07/28/15

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James Bowker

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Jordan 4-week

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    [post_content] => After our 5 night village homestays in Wadi Rum desert, the group came together and arrived in Karak at 7 p.m. last night. The girls and boys were separated into two separate villages. During the homestays, the boys listened to the Diseh sheik talk about the history of the village and give us his philosophy on life. We spent our days learning Arabic, talking to the locals, and falcon hunting. The girls stayed in Twaisa, a village nearby. On the first full day, the girls had an Arabic lesson and talked to a woman on the council. On the second day, the girls had a cooking lesson. We learned how to make Muckluba; which literally means “upside down”. We also tried on and purchased abayas. On the third day, Sara’s birthday (!!), the girls visited the Women’s Center in Desi (where we also met up with the boys). The women there make pottery; such as plates, bowels, cups, and camel candle holders. The girls watched the sunset on the sand hill. On the fourth day, we had a long discussion about a multitude of topics from gender roles to fears and had a party with all of the girls’ host families. Earlier today, we played a card game with cards labeled as “DiXit” then spent time with our families. Everyone had a unique experience at his or her individual homestays. It seems however that we all had a small language barrier problem between the students and the families. Now, we are all now very good at charades.
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Village Homestays

Matthew Hall and Nicole Price,Jordan 4-week

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After our 5 night village homestays in Wadi Rum desert, the group came together and arrived in Karak at 7 p.m. last night. The girls and boys were separated into two separate villages. During the homestays, the boys listened to the Diseh sheik talk about the history of the village and give us his philosophy […]

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07/27/15

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Matthew Hall and Nicole Price

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Jordan 4-week

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As Madaba came to an end, the boys began our homestay in Diseh. Diseh is a small village of a couple thousand near where we started our journey in Jordan. The village, which sprawls on either side of a two lane road is a quaint oasis in the middle of the Wadi Rum. Markets, tailors and other outlets line the main road in sight of the tall, red mountains.

We spend our days here learning Arabic, talking to village elders and having discussions about a wide array of topics such as; the history of the village, the nature of Islam, gender roles in Jordan, and the Middle East and important issues to Jordanians. Most of our evenings are spent reading, smoking shisha (flavored tobacco) and watching Criss Angel on Saudi television. Stephen and Hamdan went falcon hunting with Stephen’s host father but, unfortunately, didn’t catch one. Mathew’s homestay owns a camp just outside of the village where we were invited to a party with 14 other Americans, none of whom spoke Arabic. The communal vibe of the camp and the village is infectious and needless to say, we will all miss our village. Mashallah!

Salama (Stephen) Salim (Mathew) Hamdan (Will)
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Deisi Village!

Will Arment, MattStephen Babbit, Matt,Jordan 4-week

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Shoufi Mafi ya Shabaab As Madaba came to an end, the boys began our homestay in Diseh. Diseh is a small village of a couple thousand near where we started our journey in Jordan. The village, which sprawls on either side of a two lane road is a quaint oasis in the middle of the […]

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07/26/15

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Will Arment, MattStephen Babbit, Matt

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Jordan 4-week

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    [post_content] => Dear Jordan Students & Families,

Next week marks the end of our Jordan summer program and students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and share their tales of adventure with each of you. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival!

Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for your reference:

July 28th, 2015
Royal Jordanian #261
Depart: Amman (AMM) 1:25pm
Arrive: New York (JFK) 6:15pm

Should you need any assistance during student travel days, please call our Admin cell phone for assistance: 303-921-6078, or email: update@wheretherebedragons.com.

We wish all students a great trip home!

Sincerely,

Boulder Admin
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Jordan Return Group Flight Information

Dragons Admin,Jordan 4-week

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Dear Jordan Students & Families, Next week marks the end of our Jordan summer program and students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and share their tales of adventure with each of you. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival! Below is a reminder of the return group flight information […]

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07/24/15

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Dragons Admin

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Jordan 4-week

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Learning family vocab…

Elley CAnnon,Jordan 4-week

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07/23/15

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Elley CAnnon

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Jordan 4-week

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FYI

Riley Smith,Picture of the Week, Jordan 4-week

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Two weeks ago we had bedbugs; now we do not. Stephen sends his regards.

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07/22/15

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Riley Smith

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Saturday was a day filled of mixed emotions. Although we were happy to finally be fully independent in Ex-Phase, we were sad to leave our host families behind. It’s amazing that each of us could develop such meaningful relationships with a family in such a short time span. The hospitality and comfort that we received was beyond measure; to be able to feel at ease in a place so foreign is a true wonder. However, from that sadness came excitement. Although, we were only separated for a day, it felt like weeks. It was nice to come together once again during a time when we all really needed to rely on each other. The transportation experts, which consisted of Nicole and myself, got the group situated on a bus to Madaba. The ride was a bit crowded and some of us had to stand, but overall it was a success. There were a few uneasy moments when trying to figure out where to get off, but thanks to Stephen’s amazing Arabic skills, a stranger was able to point us in the right direction. Next was Sara’s time to shine. After arriving at the bus station we realized our hotel might be a little farther than anticipated. I’m not sure about anyone else, but personally I don’t enjoy walking long distances with a giant backpack on my back. This is where Sara stepped in and bestowed us all with her Hermoine Granger like wit. She suggested Stephen take a taxi with all the backpacks and meet us at the hotel. Next our Supreme Leader Valerie took charge and helped lead us all to victory to the Queen Ayola Hotel. The whole time Sydney carried our Med-kit, ready at any moment to save lives and come to the rescue if needed. After arriving at the hotel, Mathew and Will headed out and hunted for food. The catch of the day ended up being some very rare and wild falafel and hummus, it’s amazing how they found it in Jordan. Next, our Master Planner Riley, along with our Supreme Leader, suggested we have a “chill” day and just walk around and explore. We were thinking of having a girls night and head to a Turkish bath, but to Nicole’s disappointment it turned out to have been closed for the past three years. Instead, we just took normal showers in our hotels bathroom, which I’m sure was just as exciting. The next day we embarked on a more spiritual journey and headed to the Church of St. George. Upon entering we were greeted by a beautiful array of paintings and mosaics, both new and old. Later on in the day, we continued in our spiritual journey and headed off to the lovely Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist. (It’s quite the welcoming name, if you ask me.) We headed through a dark cave and went in through some tunnels where we discovered some really cool old floor. Next we headed up high into the bell tower, ascending multiple flights of stairs and not-so-sketchy ladders. Overall, our Ex-Phase was a success and we made it out alive. Now we are off back to the Wadi Rum for our final set of homestays. [post_title] => Expedition Phase [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => expedition-phase-4 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-07-22 10:40:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-07-22 16:40:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=122977 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 30 [name] => Picture of the Week [slug] => picture-of-the-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 30 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 0 [count] => 483 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 1 [cat_ID] => 30 [category_count] => 483 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Picture of the Week [category_nicename] => picture-of-the-week [category_parent] => 0 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/picture-of-the-week/ ) [1] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 88 [name] => Jordan 4-week [slug] => jordan-4-week-summer-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 88 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 51 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 88 [category_count] => 51 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Jordan 4-week [category_nicename] => jordan-4-week-summer-2015 [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/jordan-4-week-summer-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Picture of the Week, Jordan 4-week )
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Expedition Phase

Melanie Diaz,Picture of the Week, Jordan 4-week

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Saturday was a day filled of mixed emotions. Although we were happy to finally be fully independent in Ex-Phase, we were sad to leave our host families behind. It’s amazing that each of us could develop such meaningful relationships with a family in such a short time span. The hospitality and comfort that we received […]

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07/22/15

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Melanie Diaz

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