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Wadi Rum Home Stay

Jon Dwyer, Participant

Thursday, March 29, 2018 Tweisi, Wadi Rum, Jordan My homestay host is Aboo Salah and his wife and five children. He is a farmer and tends a nearby grove of olive trees. This is a very warm and gracious family, helping me to feel welcome and at home......Read More


Lessons from Petra

Sandra Makielski, Participant

Following a hot and sweaty walk through a siq (a canyon), past numerous tombs while bumping shoulders with braying donkeys, and up 845 steps, we found ourselves marveling at the immensity of the Monastery. The Monastery is the largest tomb located......Read More


The Hajja is Dying

Elley Cannon, Participant

I have come to Tweisi village on a Dragons trip every year for the last four years, sometimes twice. During my first summer, it was Ramadan and hot as hell; I wrote this piece during that first trip. Everyone gets grumpier as the day progresses and......Read More

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Monday Reflections

Grace Krouse, Participant

Many thanks to all of our superb presenters today! We had another provocative, engaging, and moving day.   Our morning started at Collateral Repair Project, an organization running a community center for refugees in a neighborhood of Amman. The......Read More