Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The journey starts NOW....

My flight for Amman, Jordan leaves at 4:53 p.m. tomorrow Eastern time. By Friday night I will be at the Queen Alia Airport in Amman, trading in my cash for Jordanian dinars, buying a temporary visa, catching a taxi ride with classmate Jo Addy to the Four Seasons hotel in Amman, where I will crash with Jo for two nights before moving to the more affordable Belle Vue (a 3-star hotel, $30 US dollars to share a double room per night) ...

It is a region of the world I have never experienced before, a region rich in history, culture, and conflict, a region where stories in the Bible were lived out years ago. I will see the 3,000 year old rose city of Petra, the ruins of Jeresh, and float in the Dead Sea.

I will dance at a Muslim wedding of my dearest grad school friend, beloved Salma, and her fiance Basel. I will taste Arabic sweets, drink Arabic coffee, hear the melodies of the Arabic language in the streets, perhaps have my coffee grounds read to predict my future.

If I had to predict it now, I'd predict a happy future, full of love, peace, pleasure, magic but also service and gratitude. Mostly gratitude. Lots of gratitude.

I am a pilgrim of peace headed overseas to dance my way across Europe and the Middle East! Blessed be.

© Lisa Powell Graham 2006

65 comments:

b.ferral said...

wonderful wonderful

Margaret said...

Thanks for including me in the email to get here. What a wonderful experience. And excuse me...the Four Seasons! You've come a long way, baby!

PO'C

jasembera said...

so happy for you!!! i'm very much looking forward to the posts...

jasembera said...

are you there? are you safe?

Nosher said...

Lisa,
Bon voyages!!! How totally exciting. I am thinking of you and looking forward to more posts. much love,
-Meisha

Alper Celen said...

enjoy the trip, i look forward to reading the entries from turkey. istanbul should provide a sensory adventure, enjoy the magic carpet ride...

Meredith said...

amazing Lisacita, absolutely amazing. wow.wow.wow. Love to you. Peace ~ Mere

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