Where are we at and where are we going?

I took my last pay plot on August 3rd and we left Prince George to embark on a season of travel and exploration which we have both been looking forward to for quite some time. The past few years have been very focused on finishing school and, although these three years have been ones that…

Meaningful Travel

Kurtis and I dream a lot about places in the world that we want to one day see and experience. One thing that we have come to understand is that it is very easy to travel and see, yet not necessarily experience anything of real value or lasting worth. We meet people on our travels…

I’m Blogging Again!

I realized the other day that what used to consume a large portion of my time over the past three years has basically disappeared since getting married. Through my travels, blogging played the important role of helping me to direct my thoughts, reflect on my experiences, and consolidate the whirl of ideas in my head.…

Engagement Party Middle Eastern-Style

On an afternoon last week, my Arabic teacher — who has become a valued friend over my time in Aqaba — informed me that she, her sister, and her mom were going to throw me an engagement party at their house the next day. “Alright,” I told her. “What should I wear and what will…

Two Weeks from Tomorrow!

I made a shocking discovery yesterday — I leave Jordan two weeks from tomorrow! What happened?! In some ways this news causes me to be extremely excited; after all, when we return to Canada, time will only increase in speed until our wedding 3 1/2 weeks later. However, making this realization also causes my stomach…

Thoughts on Language Learning from Kelsey

I have changed my perspective on language learning over the past few months, and I am encouraged by my progress. My Arabic learning last year was very much based on books, lists, memorization, and fitting everything into a definite “spot.” I do not regret going this route in beginning of my Arabic learning, as it…