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About sarjb

I am from Brasil, specifically a town near São Paulo called Atibaia. My parents are from the US and lived in Brasil for around 23 years. I came to the US when I was 18 to begin college. Just a few weeks after moving to the US, I met Gary while swing-dancing at OU (the University of Oklahoma). He later became my husband. I studied Arabic in college and have lived in Jordan for a total of around 2 years (both as a child and during my college years).

Ants and “Lysol”

Two weeks ago we moved into a new house and it has been just one drama after another. Yesterday was no exception… Gary’s story: So, my nose doesn’t always work very well – I have to preface this story with … Continue reading

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Arabic Lesson with a Friend

Through the alley, up the stairs, I ring the door bell It sounds like a song bird. “Marhaba Habibti!” We kiss, one, two, three, sneak in four times because I really love her. She brings tea. She brings the fan. … Continue reading

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Month in Jordan Update

What has been on my mind? We’ve been in Jordan just over a month now. God, what is my prayer? I am afraid of missing out… I’m here for a short time… I want to meet people, practice Arabic, serve, … Continue reading

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Chicken Hearts

Yesterday Gary and I went to the Suq (the marketplace) to get some food to stock up for all the shops being closed for Eid Al-Adha. We got our fruits and vegetables at the different stands, then went to the … Continue reading

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PlayStation Disappointment

When I was around 8 years old, living in Jordan with my family, I remember being introduced to PlayStation for the first time. I was in class and I heard some classmates talking about playing in this play station. I … Continue reading

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Week 3 Jordan

We’ve been in Jordan now for a little over two weeks. Here are a few thoughts (please just keep in mind that Gary and my experiences here in Jordan are not universal in the Middle East. We are mainly around … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Kids

Kids here in Jordan often play in the street without their parents nearby. The older ones take care of the younger ones. You can see their moms sometimes peek out the windows from their apartments. Yesterday, there were several kids … Continue reading

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Tiny Trash Truck!!

In Paris, after seeing the Eiffel Tower, I saw a tiny trash truck! It was sooo cute!! It’s shorter than Gary and I, and we’re pretty short. Anyways, I had to take a picture with it. When in Paris… take … Continue reading

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Traveling to France and Jordan

We left for a mini-vacation/layover in France on August 1 then left for Jordan on August 7. First we arrived in Thibvillers, France and stayed in the cutest little old barn converted into a cottage. Some friends were kind enough … Continue reading

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Jane Eyre

  I just finished reading Jane Eyre and wanted to record my impressions and thoughts about it. When I began, I thought I was going to hate the book because I had seen trailers for the movie (I had never … Continue reading

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