Bed·ou·in (noun or adj.) ˈbe-də-wən, ˈbed-wən 1. Desert dweller, nomadic Arab of the desert. 2. A wanderer or rover.

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“And I’ve always felt that the beauty of being surrounded by the foreign is that it slaps you awake, you can’t take anything for granted. Travel for me is a little bit like being in love because suddenly all your senses are at the setting marked ‘on.’ Suddenly you’re alert to the secret patterns of the world.”

You all should watch this great TED talk on where home really is:

About a week ago, I went to an engagement party and somehow ended up in a choreographed dance at the beginning (thanks to Julie). I’ve had a lot of unexpected moments here, but I never thought I would be voguing to Pitbull at a Jordanian engagement party. But, it happened.

The beginning was fatefully caught on film, and it is with great pride and a little embarrassment that I show it to you all:

Here ’tis, a short video I made for Reclaim Childhood, an incredible organization that provides sports programs for young girls from at-risk refugee communities. Check out their faces, positively radiant. It’s a beautiful thing to watch girls run free in a space where they can simply be themselves, in a society that often makes it hard to do just that.

Thanks to every single person who helped out–from my awesome roommate Julie who kept me sane while I edited, to Maya who after many pre-screenings reassured me that people would enjoy this, to Ryan who basically kept me from nervously weeping into my mjadara in fear of people’s judgement…and finally to ALL the Fulbrighters who so graciously went on camera to talk about their hopes for the upcoming year. I’m excited to start this journey!

I’ve been truly blessed to be among an amazing group of Fulbrighters here in Amman. I thought it would be a cool project to interview everyone about their goals and feelings before the grant period, and again at the end. This is just the beginning of the video…it might be a while, because combing through 30 interviews is harder than I anticipated.

Special thanks to the two Marias, Biff, Sadaf, Thawab, Ryan, Mike, and Maya who allowed me to get up close and personal with their beautiful faces. You guys are the best.