by Joanne Liou, Communications and Impact Specialist
TechWomen representing Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia and the U.S. received a warm welcome from Jordanian fellows and natives upon arrival to Amman. Delegation season for the program kicked off on Sunday, February 7 – the first of three delegation trips taking place this year. For some mentors, this delegation is reminiscent of 2013’s delegation trip to Jordan, and for others, it’s their first time in Jordan or in the Middle East.
Just as Emerging Leaders have an opportunity to learn and experience the daily life and culture of the Bay Area, delegates had an opportunity to visit cultural sites in the capital of Jordan – a modern city dotted with ancient ruins. Atop Jabal al-Qala’a hill, the historic Amman Citadel, the pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules still stands. Nearby, the Roman Theater, built into the hillside, dates back to the second century and has a capacity for 6,000.
The delegation convened for a lesson in Jordanian cuisine and an opportunity to learn about local traditions and families. At the Beit Sitti – meaning grandma’s house – mentors and fellows sliced, diced and cooked Maklouba, a traditional “upside-down” dish.
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