SIT Amman, Jordan
Describe your typical day:
I would wake up, have breakfast with my host family-my host dad would always insist on feeding me falafel. I would go to class, grab lunch from a shop in Abdoun Circle, and head back to class. Afterwards I’d hand around a café and wait for traffic to subside before heading home. Then I’d have dinner with my host family around 10 pm.
What was one highlight of your semester off-campus?
Petra, unquestionably. We went when it was raining, there was lightening. The park manager took us to the back side of Petra, we scrambled up some rocks and got a beautiful view of the valley. When we got back to the front side, nobody was there because of the rain. The park director gave us a ride out through the flooded siq in the back of a pickup truck.
Favorite food discovered while abroad:
Mussakhan. And day to day, nothing is better than a good shawarma.
What was your favorite part of the city to visit?
Everything converges downtown, the wealthy and the poor. Amman’s modern trappings were my least favorite aspect of the city.
What was one challenge you faced during your semester off-campus?
I knew going in it would be a difficult semester. The language barrier was tough, although I’d anticipated that I wouldn’t understand about 80% of what was going on around me. The Jordanian attitude toward punctuality was a challenge as well, but you adjust quickly.
Go abroad, and go to the Middle East. If you’re in Jordan, insist on living with a family that doesn’t know any English.