So here we are, just a couple of weeks away from an extraordinary adventure and experience of a lifetime—Twisit Jordan. It’s exciting to travel to far and distant lands, see the sights and meet new people, but this trip is not a vacation. It’s about listening, thinking, and developing a deeper understanding about the world we live in and return a more learned person ready to share the experience.
That’s why I think it’s a great time to introduce you to Ahmad Sharar, the Jordanian winner with whom I’ll be swapping places. A twenty year-old electronic engineering student at Yarmouk University, Ahmad has never traveled outside of the Middle East and is very excited to visit America or as he’s been told, “The land of chances.”
Like most travelers, Ahmad wants to explore Seattle culture, taste the food, and experience the nightlife. A Sunni Muslim, he also wants to visit churches and learn more about religion here in the states. What I find most inspiring is his eagerness to let the people of Seattle know, as well as the rest of the world, that Jordanians are similar to Americans. They take pride in their language, history, religions, traditions and life choices. They are also very technologically progressive people, case in point, Waterloo graduate and Twitvid cofounder, Mohammad Al Adham.
As Ahmad explains, “I wish people from all over the world would respect each other because we are all human. Forget the differences and focus on the feelings, love, and trust!”
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Ahmad’s Seattle adventure will be quite an experience. As a young adult, he’s still learning so much about the world. “I don’t know how to deal with life difficulties,” he states, “experiencing something new in life, such as living for a week in the USA, would help me a lot and give me new ideas.”
From what little I know about Ahmad, I can tell he possesses a good heart and is open to new adventures. I’m excited to meet him and his family and make a new friend in yet another part of the world. I’m even more excited to show Ahmad the best of the U.S.
Ahmad, the United States of America and Seattle welcome you! Marhaba!
Favorite food: salad
Favorite color: aqua blue
Favorite Western singers: Melody Gardot, Dream Theater, and Christina Aguilera
Favorite Middle Eastern singers: Nancy Ajram and Wael Jassar
Hobbies: playing the piano and electric guitar
Life Dream: owner of an engineering company