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.