What an amazing week! The teams from all of the different universities gave a short presentation on the last day to share what they've learned and showcase the module that they built using that learning. I was so inspired by what they were able to accomplish in such a short amount of time. And so very proud to watch them accept their certificates in the ending ceremony from the Ministry of Education.
Even though the week is over, we will continue to stay connected and learn from each other. We are also working on a proposal to work with our new colleagues to create additional professional development opportunities for faculty and instructional designers. Stay tuned!
Now that the work part is done, I will try to post more often! I wasn't able to go to Petra today, still getting over this awful cold that we all managed to pick up. But, my friend Cindy and I will be able to join our fellow teammates at the Dead Sea tomorrow :) Can't wait!
After that, I'll be taking a short flight to Egypt for the next leg of the tour.
It's been non-stop action since touchdown. Here's a re-cap:
Didn't get any sleep the night of my flight, but managed to make it to the airport with everything I needed. The journey started with a 7:45pm flight from Newark to Frankfort, Germany.
I am *not* a fan of flying but if all future flights are like this one was then I might change my opinion! We had zero turbulence, had a delicious meal of spinach & mushroom manicotti, and watched 3 films during the 7 hour flight. What did I watch?
We totally missed breakfast, but we were able to meet up with Rebecca in the afternoon. We had a delicious lunch while doing a run through of the week to identify any problem areas we needed to address with the group. Before they arrived, we had just enough time to book an appointment to get pampered in the spa with a scrub, massage, and facial. So good!
Finally, the rest of our team (minus Diana) arrived and we had a great time catching up and talking about the week at dinner in the Buddha lounge. Some of us took a dip in the Red Sea pool followed by a soak in the jacuzzi.
All of us tried to get to bed early but jet lag kept most of us from getting a good night's sleep. Oh well, there's always tomorrow!.
We started the day with an amazing buffet before kicking off Day One of the training. We were very excited to finally meet the participants. Lunch was another spectacular buffet and after working hard during a full day of sessions we an amazing spread at the Mezzi restaurant in the hotel. After dinner we had to go for another dip in the pools!
The journey is about to begin! I finally have my flight sorted out, will be leaving Thursday evening and will arrive in Amman 24 hours later on Friday.
I've posted my itinerary for the next month. There's still time to vote for the Mystery City but not much as I will need to make those arrangements later tonight or tomorrow. At this point I will probably be deciding between something close to Rome, Nuremberg, or Amsterdam. If you've already voted, feel free to submit another vote as there are no limits to the ideas you can share ;) Remember, I'll be bringing the winner home something special from the city I chose.
Next I will begin to start updating this website with my specific itinerary for each city. If you think there's something I should consider seeing or visiting while I'm there let me know in the comments or reach out to me on Instagram.
I will also share some news about the Sketchbook project I'll be working on throughout my trip. Stay tuned! Friends back home will also get a chance to participate when I return home.
Still so much to finish before I leave, can't believe the big day is almost here! So I'm going to get to that and will post another update before I leave.