Women pose in scarves in 2015 in Petra, Jordan. (Photo courtesy Christina Whiting)

Women pose in scarves in 2015 in Petra, Jordan. (Photo courtesy Christina Whiting)

Arts Briefs

Writer, photographer shares stories of Jordan

Writer, photographer and adventure traveler Christina Whiting presents “Meandering the Middle East: A small town Alaskan woman’s journey across Jordan,” from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Homer Public Library and 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at REI – Anchorage. The presentation includes photographs and stories about her time exploring Jordan.

In 2015, Whiting spent two months exploring Jordan, a country bordered by Iraq, Israel, Syria and Saudi Arabia, spanning 35,000 square miles and with a population of nearly 10 million.

While in Jordan, Christina studied Arabic at a language school, helped build a house for a Jordanian family, volunteered at a Syrian refugee camp and wandered the entire country alone, on foot, by bus and by car.

Beyond the usual tourist track of the Dead Sea and Petra, Whiting said she had profound moments within the landscape and among the people, moments that are forever imprinted on her spirit. Join her as she shares photographs and stories of her journey across Jordan — the reasons she ventured there, the individuals and families who welcomed her with open arms, the places that captured her heart, and the country, diverse in its religions, cultures and landscapes, that she now considers to be a home away from home.

Christina Whiting interacts with a local sheep farmer during one of her drives around the country in 2015 in Jordan. (Photo courtesy Christina Whiting)

Christina Whiting interacts with a local sheep farmer during one of her drives around the country in 2015 in Jordan. (Photo courtesy Christina Whiting)

Christina Whiting and a woman named Noor try on hijabs in 2015 in Jordan. (Photo courtesy Christina Whiting)

Christina Whiting and a woman named Noor try on hijabs in 2015 in Jordan. (Photo courtesy Christina Whiting)

Christina Whiting and a 6-year-old boy named Amad she met during her travels pose for a picture in 2015 in Jordan. (Photo courtesy Christina Whiting)

Christina Whiting and a 6-year-old boy named Amad she met during her travels pose for a picture in 2015 in Jordan. (Photo courtesy Christina Whiting)

A Bedouin poses with his camel in 2015 in Petra, Jordan. (Photo courtesy Christina Whiting)

A Bedouin poses with his camel in 2015 in Petra, Jordan. (Photo courtesy Christina Whiting)

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