Unbeknownst to my well-meaning parents twenty years ago, their daughter’s name would come to mean more than they originally intended. Though my full name is Alexa, it is derived from the Greek Alexandros, which is a composite of the verb alexo (“to ward off, to avert, to defend”) and the noun andros (“man”). Meaning, I was named, roughly, “defender of mankind.” Though it’s not the etymology that interests me, rather it’s the man who immortalized the namesake: Alexander the Great, King of Macedon and the first ruler to conquer the vast Persian Empire. A few years prior, he had raided and declared himself ruler of Egypt, founding the city of Alexandria before moving on to the Fertile Crescent, all before the age of twenty-five.

Where West Meets East is a story of another twenty-something year old, also embarking on an expedition to Eastern lands. Though unlike Alexander, my journey does not boast military might nor invasive power; rather, I travel simply with the hope of bringing back knowledge. I am an American currently studying at university, majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic and who in the coming months will be traveling to Iran, and then studying abroad in Amman, Jordan. And I always have a story to tell.


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  • drea says:

    So far so good! We look forward to reading your updates as they come along.
    Salaam from Global Exchange!

    Drea, Kyrstin and Shereen ūüôā

  • Dear Alexa: Me siento felic√≠sima de leer tu blog sobre distintas culturas y el deseo de conocer al otro, y a uno mismo. Genial!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Voy a leer despacio lo que vayas escribiendo. Tambi√©n me gustar√≠a ver algunas de las fotos que haces, t√ļ que eres una gran fot√≥grafa… que adem√°s sabe mirar con el coraz√≥n.
    M. Carmen Gascón ( Spain)

  • Iris Brito Stevens says:

    Alexa…this blog is awesome…l look forward to your writing and the telling of your stories…thank you for including us in your wonderful journey…

    Love, Mom

  • Uncle Vic says:

    Hola Chica:

    Have a wonderful experience. I look forward to hearing about your adventure.

    Thursday night dinner!!

    Uncle Vic

  • mahtab thomas says:

    I have been thinking of you so much Alexa. You have taken my heart there. I just passed the 32 year mark of the last time I saw my homeland. I miss it there so much. Not a day goes by that I don’t long for Iran.

    To have a former student be there is indescribable to me. I am so thrilled you get to see Iran with your own eyes. And I hope you can teach me about it.

    I will be in San Franciso from August 10-16. If you are there, please let’s get together so I can hear and learn everything.

    And if you can get a speck of dust…

    Lots of love to you and safe travels


  • Kelly says:

    Hola Alexa,

    Que increíble que estés allí. ¡Cuídate mucho! Espero leer muchos cuentos de ti.

    Profe Kelly Giddings de Saint Mark’s

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