A Little Fun Before Beginning the Grind

Trip Start Aug 24, 2009
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Trip End May 24, 2010


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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Friday and Saturday = the weekend in Jordan (the work week begins Sunday and ends Thursday).

What does this mean for me on this beautiful Sunday? That I am at FoEME for my first day of work! Well, it is actually Ali and Rebecca's last day so things aren't really being handed over to me until tomorrow or so but today is my first day at the office. The staff is six and there are three interns, the other two are from Japan and deal with botany and forestry (soil samples and such). Everyone is very kind and although we are located in a weird industrial area of Amman the office is nicely painted and fresh feeling. Oddly my only complaint thus far is the A/C. I am cold! I was sort of looking forward to a hot hot country and now I am sitting here freezing, haha.

Ok.
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Friday: 

I had a brief skype call with my pups. The web cam stuff was working really well on my end which was sweet but I guess I was frozen in time on his end. Either way it was good to know my new mic and headphones work well for those types of calls because I have heard that calling cards are very expensive if you want to contact people in the States.

Casey drove us to the Plaza grocery store and I stocked up on mujadrah stuffs, cheese, pita, juice, and eggs. Yum. The pita here is super fresh and cheap cheap. A whole bag of pita was only .50JD which is less than a dollar US (also you can by fresh grape leaves, not canned, for about that same price). Unlike Thailand there are so many kinds of cheese available here, Allah Akbar! I was embarrassed though because we tasted cheese at the deli and it is Ramadan! I don't even know if people stared at us because I didn't think about it until later. I blame Casey and his non-traditional ways, haha. Speaking of Casey, he loaded up on veggies and spices and later made us this delicious Thai seafood dish for dinner.....yum....as I write this it is mid-day and I am starving (recall that it is currently Ramadan). 

After our yummy dinner Rebecca and Casey and I headed to CityMall because Casey needed to go to the Virgin store there. I actually ended up purchasing a few Spot books in Arabic to help me practice! They are cute. I don't know why but in Arabic they don't call Spot by Spot's name...they write the word for puppy as Spot's name, which sounds like Bubby (i.e. Where is Bubby?). After CityMall we went to a Friday night market called Souk Jara. A lot of tourists and less traditional Jordanians hang out there smoking nargileh, buying souvenirs, etc. They definitely had a lot of nice things so I will return there a few times before I leave. I tried some boiled chickpeas with spices and a dessert that is like a tiny pancake folded around Nutella. Delicious of course! To end the night Casey took us to Wild Jordan, a restaurant where everything is fair-trade, organic, recycled, etc and proceeds help their foundation maintain protected areas of Jordan's environment. This place was amazing and it is on top of one of Amman's hills so the view at night was gorgeous, overlooking the Citadel and the downtown area. 
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Saturday:

This was a lazy day. Lots of nothing happened. I checked out the tiny corner store on our street and they actually have a decent selection at cheap prices so I will probably get what I can from there before heading to the bigger grocery stores. Is it safe to eat eggs that have not been refrigerated? I never know since so many people have different opinions about refrigeration. One of my house mates refrigerates her peanut butter which is news to me.

I was tired of using my computer on this lazy day so I started a book which is turning out to be very good. The book is called Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia by Carmen Bin Ladin (she was married to Osama's brother). I am about half-way through and it is very interesting.
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tomg123
tomg123 on

You're in Adventureland!
Hi Tiff...Uncle Tom here...interesting,interesting stories! Hope you get more sleep. I don't need to read a book now! I've got your travelogue to look forward to. What is nargileh? Be well and safe.

justajaunt
justajaunt on

Re: You're in Adventureland!
A nargileh is the same thing as a hookah like in the states at trendy little coffee shops. You know?

texeyes
texeyes on

Nice Daily Blog from Amman!
I enjoyed reading your posts about Amman! Also like the facts that you Skype with ur pets? Pups = Your Dogs? Anyway, if you would like to write about something Amman on my Amman,Jordan site about your travels there, I would be thrilled. http://AmmanTourism.com Your post will be seen by hundreds plus include a link to your travelpod for more viewers!

Andrew S on

I spotted your message about looking for the Jordanian Cookbook step by step book when i myself was searching for it!

Anyway I managed to pick it up on ebay. It has appeared there about three times in the past few months. You can set up a saved search there and ebay will send you an email if it shows up.

It's published in Aqaba and sold in all of the stores there, and i remember also seeing it in the Amman airport.

The inside cover lists the phone number for the Radwan bookstore; maybe they could ship you a copy: 962 3 2013704

Good luck!

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