Bloggers

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    Amy Siracusa

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    Caroline Tooker

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    Catalina

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    Christopher Benson

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    Kyle Scheuring

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    Megan Meagher

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    Rabiya Eshete

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    Rebecca Sawatzki


  • “Oman, The Hidden, Sea-Side Wonder”

    “Oman, The Hidden, Sea-Side Wonder”

    October 23rd, 2017

    by Kyle Scheuring

    My name is Kyle Scheuring and I am a junior here at Loyola University Chicago. I study English Literature with a minor in both Arabic Language and Studio Art. While studying in Amman, Jordan at the University of Jordan, two friends and I had the opportunity to spend a weekend in Muscat, Oman. Although the […]


    Palestine: Empowerment and Community Building

    Palestine: Empowerment and Community Building

    September 10th, 2017

    by Catalina

    My name is Catalina. I am a Loyola alumna. I majored in International Studies and minored in Arabic Language and Culture, and Islamic World Studies. I lived in Palestine for a mere three months, but my life will forever be impacted by the warmth of spirit, inherent kindness, and wholesomeness I experienced there. I traveled […]


    Palestine: “Make Hummus Not Walls”

    Palestine: “Make Hummus Not Walls”

    August 22nd, 2017

    by Catalina

    My name is Catalina. I grew up hearing Biblical stories and imagining from a young age what my life would or could be if I lived in Palestine. I wished to be able to share life with individuals there and hear their own stories. Fast forward about 15 years, I am studying Arabic Language and […]


    Tunisia: In Love With A New Magical Life

    Tunisia: In Love With A New Magical Life

    November 22nd, 2016

    by Amy Siracusa

    My name is Amy. My Arabic adventure began under the guidance of Professor Abbadi in 2013, my sophomore year of college, as I declared my minor that same year. Initially I took Arabic because I thought it would be a good challenge for me, it definitely was, but I was also interested in the culture […]


    Taste of UAE: Food for Thought

    Taste of UAE: Food for Thought

    October 31st, 2016

    by Rabiya Eshete

      My name is Rabiya Eshete and I am a senior majoring in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Marketing. I’ve always wanted to study abroad since my freshman year because I love to travel and learn about different places and cultures. I began taking Arabic my Sophmore year and I loved it. Recently, I was […]


    Friends, Family, and Frisbee in Morocco

    Friends, Family, and Frisbee in Morocco

    September 20th, 2016

    by Rebecca Sawatzki

    My name is Rebecca Sawatzki. I’m a senior International Studies major with minors in French and Arabic graduating December 2016. Participating in the Arabic program was one of the most worthwhile things I did at Loyola. During my time at Loyola I studied abroad in the south of France and in Rabat, Morocco. “Abeta!!!!” screams […]


    Palestine: Nexus of Faiths, Cultures,and Languages

    Palestine: Nexus of Faiths, Cultures,and Languages

    February 18th, 2014

    by Caroline Tooker

      My name is Caroline Tooker, I’m a Sophomore at Loyola majoring in International Business with a minor in Arabic Language and Culture. This summer, I spent two months in the West Bank. I hadn’t really planned out my trip and only knew I was going ten days before I got on the plane, so […]


    New Rhythms

    New Rhythms

    January 14th, 2014

    by Megan Meagher

    I can recall from my first few days of staying in Morocco as being characterized by a challenging new rhythm—rhythm regarding the schedule of my day (there’s a clear shift in Tangier, causing the city to come alive more so in the ladder half of the day, especially after sunset), rhythm in the way that […]


    My Experience, My Adventure

    My Experience, My Adventure

    October 31st, 2013

    by Megan Meagher

     marHaban! For two months this past summer I had the opportunity to study Arabic in Tangier, Morocco as part of a language-intensive federal scholarship program “CLS” (Critical Language Scholarship). While I had been studying Arabic the past two years at Loyola, this summer marked my first experience living in an Arabic-speaking country where I was […]


    Last Impressions

    Last Impressions

    November 5th, 2012

    by Christopher Benson

    I still find myself eating with my hands and adding unreasonable amounts of milk to my coffee.  Occasionally a “shukran” or “Alhamdulillah” slips out, and I often recall the Moroccans and their similarities or differences with Americans as I consider this or that social theory or anthropological study.  Via Facebook and email I’ve harbored my […]