Tonight I received a phone call from my old sometime-roommate in Amman, Karina. She was passing through O’Hare on her way to Jordan and called on her way through town. She’ll be staying with friends at a village outside of Madaba.
I remembered what my Egyptian friend told me when I left Jordan. “When you get on the plane you must say Bismallah” (in the name of Allah). Coincidentally, this is also the word you must say if you see a Djinn in the desert.
Bismallah, Karina. Safe journey.