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Hi everyone, I’m Allie Pistolessi, a Spanish teacher at Watkinson. When Matteo and Avery first approached me about chaperoning a trip to the Middle East, I never imagined that a year later I would be getting ready to go to Jordan for the second time, now with a group of 10 students. When Dave and I went in the summer, I think we were both blown away by the warmth and hospitality of the Jordanian people, the stunning landscapes of the country, the complexities of modern Jordanian society and, of course, the amazing food. I’m so excited to go back with students, and also to meet Kevin and Mohammad in person – I know we’ll all benefit from their knowledge and experience. I feel incredibly lucky that I’ve been given the chance to be a part of this trip.