First day in Jordan

Yesterday I flew into Jordan in the low light of dusk. Outside the city lights of Amman the countryside is dry and barren, the cracked land looking like networks of veins from the plane’s window.

I waited in the hell that is currency exchange and passport check after my flight arrived about 30 minutes late. I bought my visa for 20 Jordanian Dinars (about $30) and headed downstairs to collect my stuffed bag. Hamza was waiting for me right at the arrival area. I cannot express how comforting it was to see a friendly familiar face searching the crowd for mine. He grabbed my bag and we were off to his apartment that he shares with his brother and sister. For dinner, his sister made us pancakes. The apartment is spacious and comfortable, and I got a good night’s sleep before heading to the UNESCO office this morning.

I got introduced around the office and promptly forgot almost everyone’s names. I suppose I didn’t even really need to come in today. The IT guy will set up my computer after the weekend (Friday and Saturday in Jordan), they’re working on getting me an ID badge, I’ll (hopefully) have something to do on Sunday. Now its off to take care of one of life’s great necessities: I need a phone.

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About Laura McAdams

Laura McAdams is a Master’s student at University of Pennsylvania studying International Educational Development. Her experience in the MENA region includes 15 months as a Fulbright student researcher to Fez and Ifrane, Morocco in 2010 and 2011. Her project was interested in understanding the disconnect between the policies of technology usage in education and the reality of how these policies unfold in the classroom. Summer 2012 she returned to the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco to work with a women’s weaving cooperative. She is excited to learn more about other countries in the MENA region and issues involving education policy and reform, technology usage in curriculums and gender equality in education. One of Laura’s lifelong goals is to one day be able to sit down and leisurely read a newspaper in Arabic.
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2 Responses to First day in Jordan

  1. Cindy Le says:

    Glad to know you arrived safely! Looking forward to reading about your stories in Jordan. =)

  2. jssst21 says:

    I am certain they’ll find plenty for you to do over there. Enjoy it!

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