About This Blog

I started writing this blog about my semester in Jordan in order to keep my friends and family updated on my whereabouts.

I had set off to study in the Middle East during a time of great change, both positive and negative. It was a time of hope, when dictators fell and corrupt regimes collapsed. Yet, it was also a time of uncertainty and violence. Through this blog, I wanted to bring the events playing out in the region to life and share my experiences with others so that they could gain a glimpse of Jordanian culture through my eyes.

I had hoped that through my stories and anecdotes, I might even help people  dispel commonly held stereotypes and misperceptions by learning something about the multi-faceted, dynamic and mysterious Middle East.

Palmyra Ruins, Syria
Palmyra Ruins, Syria

Most people can attest to the fact that I am horrible at keeping in touch while away from home. This blog is my attempt to mitigate that.

More recently, this blog has become a place where I can gather my thoughts and impressions of different countries. After a spending a semester in Jordan and a year in Namibia, I realize how valuable this blog has been for me to reflect on my experiences and relive the amazing time I had. As I continue to travel, work, or live abroad in the future, this blog will be the platform from which I share my experiences with others, keep a record of my thoughts, offer travel advice and, hopefully, inspire others to explore the world.

Deadvlei, Namibia
Deadvlei, Namibia

The ideas and observations in this blog are entirely my own and do not reflect the positions and opinions of either CIEE, WorldTeach or the airline that I currently work for.


  • Kasey Shaffer

    Lovely! A blog is a great way to stay connect with those from home. I love your passion for travel and your willingness to share your experiences 🙂 Can’t wait to read more!

  • Jen

    Very nice blog, Erika! I’m glad you dropped by my site. I am amazed by the destinations you have been to. I can’t wait to read more of your adventures. I followed you in Bloglovin and Facebook! 🙂

  • Jill Mancuso

    Erika ~ I spoke with your Dad today and he told me about your great site to explore ! I haven’t seen you in awhile but use to see you every 6 months at Dr. Weiss’s office ? Hope you are doing well and can’t wait to read your explore your site and read your blogs !

  • Kyle Leandra

    Hi Erika,
    I came across your blog as I was doing research to live overseas. I myself am also a FA with a major US carrier! I couldn’t find a contact page and was hoping we could get in touch. I have a million questions about living abroad and commuting with the job and would love guidance!

    Kyle Leandra

  • James Heriot

    G’day Erika, as a keen traveller, I did my first trip in 1979, and I’ve never really stopped, (and as an aspiring travel writer), I’d love the chance to share with you about a hot travel destination in Kenya, and the chance for you to discover the “EAMO Experience”!!

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