Heather M. Surls's Archive

Following the Map in My Feet

By / December 2019

As a student and later during a two-year stint volunteering with a study-abroad program, I spent hours wandering Jerusalem’s streets and alleys, finding new shortcuts and dead-ends, faster ways to get to the falafel stand near Damascus Gate, quieter ways to cross the Old City’s four quarters.

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This Norwegian Blogger Wants to Visit Every Country on Earth

By / February 2019

EthnoTraveler interviews Jørn Bjørn Augestad, who goes by Vagabjorn online, as he heads for the Seychelles.

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‘Things Could Get Crazy’

By / December 2018

Outside of Amman, women from the Talbieh refugee camp are dealing with waste one tote at a time

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The Dream of Fluency

By / September 2018

The first year in Amman, I encountered lots of things I didn’t expect. I didn’t expect that my Arabic voice would sound different than my English voice. That people would laugh at me for saying something correctly. That in the same day I would feel the heights of exhilaration and the depths of humiliation.

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‘The Most Important Blessing Is Bread’

By / July 2018

In Amman, writes Heather M. Surls, reverent care for bread is an economic necessity, a religious discipline, and a cultural obsession.

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