The last few weeks have consisted of us both being in crisis mode over careers and life in general. Many internship applications and not being very impressed with our current Arabic courses led to a whirlwind of questions and research into future study and career options. Exchange programs next year for Sam? Internships? Honours for me? Try and go straight to Masters? Grad jobs? Does this mean we should get internships here ASAP? Or focus on Arabic seeing as the Middle East is the best place to learn? Why are we here? What exactly do we want to get out of the year? Out of life? We aren’t doing anything with our lives!
But after realising that yesterday was three months since we arrived in Jordan, we’ve actually done quite a lot. In three months we have:
– Moved to another country, set up our own apartment and come to know a new city
– Almost finished a semester of Arabic at university
– Travelled to Petra, one of the 7 wonders of the world, and explored the ancient city
– Floated around in the Dead Sea and covered ourselves in mud
– Participated in an ultra-marathon: 243km from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea
– Been hiking and camping in the mountains to the north of Jordan, near the border with Syria
– Spent a spontaneous weekend in Lebanon
– Volunteered at a UN office
– Taken up private (Arabic) tutoring
– Held a couple of House of Cards marathons
– Attended the ANZAC Day service at the Australian embassy in Jordan
– Attended SOFEX, a bi-annual military arms fair held in Amman.
– And we’ve met an incredibly diverse range of fascinating people – our friends from uni, who are from just about everywhere and have unique stories and passions, people we have met on hikes and at tourist places, people we’ve met at the embassy, the friendly locals who staff the shops we frequent, and so many more.
Not bad for twelve weeks! If you make it fourteen and a bit weeks, we also managed to see a large portion of Egypt. And we were freaking out that we were wasting time over here… Ha!