Posts By: Alli Corrine Divine

Goodbye and Good Luck

My goals for my study abroad experience in Israel were to practice Arabic, gain comfort living in the middle east, and to better understand the conflict and problems facing the region and country. In just under 3 months, I think I accomplished all of these to some extent, as well as learned new perspectives on… Read more »

Silently Seeking Arabic

Throughout this trip I have been silently seeking Arabic language everywhere we go. At Northwestern I studied the language for 2 and a half years, and I have loved it ever since starting to draw the alphabet. I joke that I would give up my English skills if I could trade them in for Arabic… Read more »

“Welcome To Phalesteen”

We got off the bus, and stood a bit nervously in front of the large red sign that read ‘Palestinian Authority Territory’ as three of the border guards, Isreali Defense Force reservists, walked over. They wore giant smiles with their AK-47s. They came over to us speaking in Hebrew at first, and then switching to… Read more »

The Art of Internet Cafes

Class finishes at 12:00 three days a week, which leaves free afternoons the majority of the week for my classmates and I. As Northwestern students, this is unusual and uncomfortable. In Israel, we have a life style without work-study jobs, student groups, sports clubs, and general all-day commitments. Accustomed to settling into our homework around… Read more »

Jerusalem: Rooftops at Night

As if we were in a romantic movie, the three of us strolled up the metal staircase late in the evening to the four corners rooftop, an intersection point between the four quarters of the old city of Jerusalem: Armenian, Christian, Arab, and Jewish. Thanks to Becca’s impeccable sense of direction, we had just wandered… Read more »

Why I love packing

I’ve always liked packing because fitting everything you need into one giant bag is not only an incredible accomplishment, but it is freeing. I’ve managed to live in a closet-sized room for a year, and now I will live out of a bag comparable in weight and size to a mid-sized dog, and comfortably. I… Read more »