Author Archives: Virginia Vassar

About Virginia Vassar

Virginia Vassar is an Arabic major in the Georgetown College, pursuing a certificate in African Studies from the SFS. Her hometown is Richmond, Virginia. She just finished a semester of homestay and study with the CIEE program in Dakar, Senegal. She is now moving on to the CIEE program in Amman, Jordan to begin rigorous Arabic study and immersion in a homestay. She will split her year between the two countries to get a unique perspective on Islam and religious values in Africa and the Middle East. She will attempt to use the insight gained on this trip to help foster a greater understanding and respect for Islam in her community, both at home and at Georgetown.

Syria, Wadi Rum, Splitting the Bill

Syria: Highlights (I went quite a while ago, but I can’t just pass this over! I’m going to try and be a fervent blogger for you guys during the next two weeks, since I LEAVE IN 12 DAYS!) 1. Everything. … Continue reading

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Mount Nebo

Three weeks ago began my spring break. I decided not to go to Egypt as I had originally planned. Instead, I arranged to meet some other Georgetown people in Syria after their trip to Lebanon. Syria is cheap and you … Continue reading

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Jared Would be Proud

Ok first of all, I LOVE JORDAN. I definitely am not going to want to leave for many reasons. Second of all, I have found my favorite place in Jordan. “Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world and … Continue reading

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Supporting the Community

I just got a text on my Jordanian cell phone from the phone network: “To support our community and broaden education, we have deducted one Jordanian dinar from your account for the support of universities as per The Ministry of … Continue reading

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Religiosity

Now, this isn’t the first time I’ve lived with a Muslim family. It is, in fact, the fourth. However, I’m still a little overwhelmed by the all-the-time religiousness of everything here. I thought it was extreme in Senegal. I’m surprised … Continue reading

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A Slap in the Face

So I was sitting in the living room watching Oprah yesterday with my four sisters, and Oprah was talking about marriage traditions all over the world. She was conducting an interview with two women from Cairo, Egypt. One was veiled, … Continue reading

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I guess you can’t rid yourself of expectations after all. I prepared myself for awkwardness, for isolation,  for being misunderstood and somewhat disliked. I wasn’t really prepared for being the first host student of the nicest family I think I’ve … Continue reading

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Deluxe

Of all the cities I have to compare it to, the closest place I’ve ever seen to Amman is Washington, DC, except what I’ve seen of Amman is newer and nicer, shinier and bigger. (Keep in mind that the only … Continue reading

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Expectations

I can never decide whether or not I would call myself an experienced traveler. On one hand, I’ve spent more than more than 14 months in three different home stays in Mali and Senegal, something that has no doubt given … Continue reading

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