An Hour in an Abaya: Visiting the King Abdullah I Mosque

I’ve been to a church before. I’ve been to a Sikh temple. And a Hindu temple. I’ve even been outside a Buddhist Temple before. Sunday, however, was my first time visiting a mosque. Walking into the King Abdullah I Mosque in downtown Amman, I was astounded by the beautiful blue tile mosaics that adorned the … Continue reading An Hour in an Abaya: Visiting the King Abdullah I Mosque

Inshallah

In my broken Arabic, I asked the bus driver what time I would have to be ready the following day. “Bukra thamaniya?” or “Eight tomorrow?” I asked. He nodded and replied, “Inshallah”, or “God willing”. The following morning, at 8:00, I looked outside the living room window, ready to run down any second when the … Continue reading Inshallah

Grammar, Nesquik, and the Fourth of July

The book, broken. The house, broken. The room, broken. Practically everything is broken. Confused? Allow me to explain. With Arabic school a few days in, we have started diving into more vocabulary and of course, grammar. Currently we’re studying the plurals, which can either be masculine, feminine, or broken, which basically means that the word … Continue reading Grammar, Nesquik, and the Fourth of July

From Austin to Washington: Travel, Arrival, and Pre-Departure Orientation

The past two days of Pre-Departure Orientation have been such a blur! From travel, to arrival, to meeting everyone in our team, my NSLI-Y journey is off to a great start! Travel: With this being my first time flying all alone, I was definitely a bit nervous at the airport. Up until security, everything was … Continue reading From Austin to Washington: Travel, Arrival, and Pre-Departure Orientation

A Rewarding Last Week in Austin… T-3 Days until my NSLI-Y Adventure!

It’s Friday night and I leave for Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) on Monday. This past week has been incredibly busy. In addition to cramming last minute Arabic vocabulary, choosing host family gifts, and packing my luggage, I was lucky to spend this week doing one of my favorite things: volunteering with refugees. Every summer, Interfaith Action … Continue reading A Rewarding Last Week in Austin… T-3 Days until my NSLI-Y Adventure!