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"Landscapes of Jordan" by Lindsey McGuire

"Landscapes of Jordan" by Lindsey McGuire

During her time in Jordan, George Washington University student Lindsey McGuire was able to explore much of the country. Here are a few of the highlights!

Wadi Rum was a truly otherworldly experience – in every direction you look, there’s a stunning Mars-like landscape. No wonder so many movies have been filmed here! We woke up before the sun and made our way to a high point in the desert. We were joined by this cat, who watched the sunrise with us and then proceeded to model in the golden light of early morning. Photo credit: L. McGuire, Fall 2018

Ajloun Castle overlooks a forested landscape unlike most areas of Jordan. After an afternoon in the ancient city of Jerash, the cooler air of Ajloun was a welcome respite. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Syria, Israel, and the West Bank from the top of the castle – you can physically see how important Jordan is both regionally and globally. Photo credit: L. McGuire, Fall 2018

I’ve taken many pictures of the Abdoun Bridge in Amman but this one is probably my favorite. Now that it’s fall and the sun sets much earlier, the views on my walk home from Amideast are bathed in golden light. Photo credit: L. McGuire, Fall 2018

The city of Salt is located just outside of Amman. If you go, prepare to do a lot of walking up and down stairs – my legs hurt for a week after exploring the city for just a day. Despite the pain, a visit to Salt is worth it for the views alone, not to mention the amazing food and daily market. Photo credit: L. McGuire, Fall 2018

In America, most historical landmarks are still just a few hundred years old. In Jordan, many towns are built around or on top of ancient ruins dating back thousands of years. For example, Karak Castle was built in the 1140s and witnessed the Crusades! Karak isn’t as popular as some of the other tourist destinations in Jordan, but the views from the castle of the surrounding valleys and Dead Sea are incredible. Photo credit: L. McGuire, Fall 2018

While stunning, I think much of the famous Treasury's (or Al-Khazna) popularity comes from the fact that it’s one of the very first things you see after entering the park. Petra is HUGE. After walking over ten miles, there are still so many things I didn’t have the chance to see. This landscape was taken after walking up to The Temple of the Winged Lions, a lesser-known archeological site in Petra that I have gotten to learn more about through my internship at the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR). Photo credit: L. McGuire, Fall 2018

"Reflections on Studying Abroad and Designing the Khamsa Logo" by Catherine Litten

"Reflections on Studying Abroad and Designing the Khamsa Logo" by Catherine Litten

"Zawiya Ahansal" by Gwenyth Szabo

"Zawiya Ahansal" by Gwenyth Szabo