Published: June 17th 2012June 17th 2012
WelcomeWelcome! I've heard that phrase a hundred times today, these Jordanians do know how to make you feel at home. I'm in the capital of Jordan, Amman, aka the surface of the damn sun. And I love it. I can't understand the Arabic writing, or grasp more than the intent of the call to prayer that blares over the microphone city wide, but I can cross the street just one lane of traffic at a time (no worries fam!) bargain with a street vendor and hale a local cab with the best of them. I didnt use a private taxi once in my five weeks there, only public transit or my own feet, but that's all in the past now, taxi time!
I am staying in a hostel right next to the Roman Amphitheater and the Citadel. Yes, Roman ruins are much, much more accessible outside of Rome! Just remember this when you travel, you are being watched and are never alone! I spoke with some locals for a good twenty minutes while I tried to stave off sunstroke, we talked about local food, weather and the sites of Jordan and, ahem taxi services! Yes, so I found a private
guide who gave me a full tour of the largest mosques and provided me with extensive information about local customs and history. So, I did receive a very good service, but trust me I was a pursued customer! Btw, I was able to go in one of the mosques! Typically, women are not allowed to go in but after donning some modest garb, I was admitted. It really was quite an experience for me.
Oh, my friends, the food! I feel like I can eat again! Eating on a budget in Europe entails a never ending diet of sandwiches, bread and cheese. As a solo traveler, Europe wasn't and epicurean experince for his budget traveller. Mansif, consisting of a dish of rice and a side dish of I think mutton in this delicious kefir-yogurt sauce( thats how I think of it anyways! ) was incredible. Even though the dollar and dinar are fairly comparable, I can eat here people! It's real food, food that I freaking love! Oh and did you say you'd like some orange juice? BAM! Fresh squeezed Jordanian oranges baby!
Tomorrow i have many options to explore, as this Holy Land is full of so,
so much. The only limitations are my own imagination and, well that dang reality-bank account thang too! I was accepted not my program and will begin studying in August in UNLV. So even more I rely on public transport and local food. Good habits anyways, really though.
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