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Roman Ruins in Amman | Explore Jordan

Roman Ruins in Amman | Explore Jordan

After Jerash we headed off to Amman (عمّان) which is the capital city! In Amman there is another Roman/Greek site. Alexander the Great came through this area and had buildings constructed. The Romans followed a few years later and made it their own just like in Jerash. In Amman we went to the Citadel or Jabal al Qala’a which is one of Amman’s oldest sites dating back 7000 years. It is an open air museum that is also the first National Archaeological…

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An Ancient Palace In The Midst Of A City| Gyeongbokgung Palace | Explore Korea

An Ancient Palace In The Midst Of A City| Gyeongbokgung Palace | Explore Korea

                      Hello everyone! Well the weather is becoming colder now, and I am okay with that. I was very lucky to have warm, beautiful weather for the whole first month I was here and it is now time to get into the Autumn spirit. Back in September, I purchased a bunch of postcards to send out to friends and family. On many of these postcards was a picture of a…

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The Church of Nativity and the Shepherd’s Field, Bethlehem | Exploring Palestine (The West Bank)

The Church of Nativity and the Shepherd’s Field, Bethlehem | Exploring Palestine (The West Bank)

                          While I am not a super religious person, I was raised Christian and I have always wanted to see the birthplace of Jesus: Bethlehem and the Church of Nativity. Away in a Manger is one of my favourite Christmas Songs and I loved this bible story as a child.   As part of the Operation Groundswell’s itinerary for this trip we were permitted one week of independent…

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Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

  This book is written by the author who also wrote The Kite Runner, which I also read. I enjoyed that book but I liked A Thousand Splendid Suns better. I like how it gave you a history of Afghanistan while still interweaving a captivating story. I think a lot of people only know about Afghanistan because of 9/11 and they associate it with the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. But there is so much that happened before that and…

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Expectations and Pre-Travel Thoughts

Expectations and Pre-Travel Thoughts

              When one travels or plans to travel to a certain place I feel like certain expectations are eminent. For example, if you travel to tropical destination, one expectation is that the weather will be hot enough to sport a bikini everyday and in every picture #selfie. For Paris, a stereotypical expectation is that people will be rude and not speak to you if you dare utter an English word. Not all expectations have…

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Flanders and the Flemish Countryside

Flanders and the Flemish Countryside

While studying and visiting the different institutes of the European Parliament, we also had a few cultural days what let us explore and learn more about Belgium. One of the trips took us to the Flemish countryside where we went on a very muddy hike ( it had just rained) through an orchard which was also roaming with sheep.

A Canal Ride Through Brugge

A Canal Ride Through Brugge

We got to spend a day in Brugge, which is a city I would really love to go back to and spend more than a day there. It is the famous medieval city in Belgium, where buildings are older, countless chocolatiers line the street, vendors set up in the square and where transportation via canals still exists.

Exploring Leuven: Home For Two Weeks

Exploring Leuven: Home For Two Weeks

Belgium is a very pretty country and has a lot of history. Belgium has constantly been a battleground during many, if not all of the major European Wars. As a history lover I was happy to be in the country and just get taken in by all the history. History is why I am in awe with Europe. It is amazing to me to walk down a cobbled stone street that has been there for hundreds of years.