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Olivia, Jordan, Morocco & Israel Specialist

Originally from Annapolis, my passion for travel stemmed from sailing trips I took with my family as a young girl. Early on, I was drawn to artworks painted by Henri Matisse during his visits to Morocco in 1912 and 1913. This expanded into a greater interest in Islam's influence on art, culture, and architecture in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly in the geopolitical landscape of the Levant.

After attaining a BA from Denison University, I lived in Morocco for a year, working as a presidential intern at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. This year provided me with the opportunity to travel extensively around the country and surrounding regions, and to fully experience the rich culture of Morocco.

Since joining Audley, I’ve frequented Jordan, Israel, and Morocco on my research trips to further explore the captivating cultures, cuisines, and histories specific to each country. I take great joy in engaging with the modern identities and vibrant array of perspectives that these nations possess.

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I'll never forget when…

While staying at the Dead Sea I was able to hike upriver at the Wadi Mujib Biosphere Reserve. In Arabic a 'wadi' is a valley but this magnificent sandstone corridor was formed by thousands of years of water erosion and provides a riveting experience. With a guide to help me through areas of higher water, I reached the waterfall at the start of the valley and perched delightedly on rocks while tiny garra rufa fish swum about my toes. The sandstone riverbed was carved into curving sculptural shapes by the water and its beauty and the excitement of being there is something I'll never forget.

Photos of Olivia

Olivia at a bedouin camp, Azraq, Jordan Olivia at a bedouin camp, Azraq, Jordan
Olivia visiting a berber pottery, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco Olivia visiting a berber pottery, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Olivia among the Greco-Roman ruins at Jerash, Jordan Olivia among the Greco-Roman ruins at Jerash, Jordan
Olivia outside a madrasa, Marrakesh, Morocco Olivia outside a madrasa, Marrakesh, Morocco
Olivia at the Majorelle Garden, Marrakesh, Morocco Olivia at the Majorelle Garden, Marrakesh, Morocco
Olivia serving mint tea, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco Olivia serving mint tea, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Olivia at Petra, Jordan Olivia at Petra, Jordan
Olivia on the Sea of Galilee, Israel Olivia on the Sea of Galilee, Israel
Olivia with a traditional tajine dish, Fez, Morocco Olivia with a traditional tajine dish, Fez, Morocco
Olivia making tea, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco Olivia making tea, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Olivia in Wadi Rum, Jordan Olivia in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Photos taken by Olivia

Erg Chebbi, Erg Chebbi Erg Chebbi, Erg Chebbi
Erg Chebbi, Erg Chebbi Erg Chebbi, Erg Chebbi
Sun setting at the Erg Chebbi Sun setting at the Erg Chebbi
Sunrise over the Erg Chebbi Dunes Sunrise over the Erg Chebbi Dunes
Nomadic woman with her child Nomadic woman with her child
Nomadic family Nomadic family
Nomadic girl Nomadic girl
Nomadic woman collects firewood Nomadic woman collects firewood
Two workers at the tannery converse after putting goatskin hides in limestone baths. Two workers at the tannery converse after putting goatskin hides in limestone baths.
A little girl gazes down the cobbled streets of the ancient medina in Fez. A little girl gazes down the cobbled streets of the ancient medina in Fez.
Traditional mosaics at a fountain in Fez Traditional mosaics at a fountain in Fez
M'simmon with Honey M'simmon with Honey