Blogs from Amman, North, Jordan, Middle East - page 7


Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman July 2nd 2012

Since I last wrote I've been fueling up on delicious Arab food, walking the streets of Amman with my beautiful local guide, and meeting more of Laila's family. Saturday night I went with her family to a falafel and hummus place called Kalha, which I believe was started around 1930. Since then the sons and grandsons of the original owner have built more and more restaurants under the same name in different places in Amman. The food was absolutely delicious! There was plenty of bread, hummus, and falafel to go around. I tried a few new dishes too called fattah, which is eaten with a spoon and was served warm, and fool, which was kind of like hummus but had a different taste to it. Later that night I went to her cousins house in Fuhais, ... read more
Arab Food
night view of FuHais
The Family

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman June 29th 2012

On the drive into Amman from the airport I hear calls to prayer from a nearby mosque and I know for sure "I'm not in Kansas anymore." After about 21 hours of travel I’ve finally reached the Middle East for the first time! So many memories of China are flooding back and my mind is racing making comparisons to my trip there and my home in the United States. Germany and Europe were a different experience, but Asia has to be the most unique continent, given that it’s the biggest and is home to so many different ethnicities. This is my first time in a predominantly Muslim country as well, so I have a lot of new things to see and culture to learn about. I’m in the Middle East until mid August to study Arabic ... read more
Laila and I
Laila's building :)
West Amman architecture

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman June 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 ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman May 30th 2012

“Hey this is Jad. I hope you don’t mind Ammar gave me ur number. How u doin” was the text I received some time in the early afternoon. I called Ammar the previous day to give him my new number and tacked on at the end that it was ok for him to give Jad my number if he ever asked for it. Evidently, Jad asked for it. I texted back that it was fine he had my number and that I was doing well, “Just chillin.” He then asked if I was doing anything that night. I wanted to shout, “Of course not! And even if I was, it’d be cancelled to do something with you!” But I kept cool and instead replied, “Didn’t ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman May 29th 2012

WARNING: This may get a little insensitive in regards to the treatment of animals. I absolutely love animals, but I just have to tell the facts. So if you can’t handle it, read the directions. Have you ever woken up, sat in bed for a few minutes thinking about what you’re going to do that day, and then decide you’re just going to walk and see where it takes you? Well, that’s what I did. I got dressed, strapped on my handy backpack with Simba poking his head from the top and set off down the hill with my camera around my neck. Because it was a Wednesday, the markets weren’t basking in their full potential so I, looking like a straight-up American tourist, got more than several offers as I walked around. They had nothing ... read more
Masterpieces of Amman
A View From The "Poorer" Apartments
Following Directions

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman May 28th 2012

I returned to the university the next day, by myself, to find it open. I uncertainly walked in to a man seated behind a desk. “Ahlan wa sahlan,” I greeted quietly. The man returned my greeting and continued to ask what I needed in Arabic. At this point in time, I was getting comfortable with understanding what people were saying, but still a bit shaky on answering them in Arabic. I am in serious need of a verb-vocabulary increase. So I just went to my mother tongue, “I’m looking for Stephen Bush?” I said with a questioning tone. It’s a bad habit to get into: making statements as if they’re questions. A woman was in the process of walking past the glass doors near the reception, but on the opposite side. She saw this ... read more
Fii al-wadi
The castle

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman May 27th 2012

Well this was quite the interesting day I will assure you. Lots of meeting and re-meeting going on that particular Sunday. When I look back on how many things I did, I realize that won’t be able to write half of what happened now, but I will at some point in the future. I intend to take my stories and put them in a book and publish them for my family and children and grandchildren to read, which is why I am being so detailed. I realize that I do not have the time to write most of everything, and when I do, I don’t feel like writing. I have to be in a mood, so this day will be short, even though it was super long and filled with adventure. I will do a special ... read more
He Had to Take a pic
An Inscription
Fii duwaar sitta

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman May 26th 2012

Thank God for laziness! I woke up at around 12pm the next day, Saturday. While most say that’s lazy, keep in mind I had 6 hours of sleep when I’m supposed to be on vacation. Delayed jet lag is the worse because you think you’re fine the first couple of days and then bam! You’re dead tired and sleepy in the middle of the afternoon. If I hadn’t woken up at a teenager’s time and started to head out to wander the streets at 1:15pm, I never would have met Michael and Landon. I met them as I got a small card with the hotel’s information and a simple downtown map on it. (The previous night I went to a café down the street for a couple of hours and couldn’t find the hotel for 20 ... read more
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Inside the sauna

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman May 24th 2012

The day was hard and long. How could it not be? I left San Antonio at 5:45pm (when my plane was supposed to leave at 4:56pm) on May 22nd and did not arrive in Amman, Jordan until 0312 on May 24th. In my transit to the Kingdom, I had watched 4 movies, slept 2 hours, and had a 6-hour layover in Frankfurt, Germany, which I took advantage of. I quickly left the airport and headed to the heart of Frankfurt just to walk around, catch some cheap dinner, and find free Wi-Fi to let my frantic mother know I was okay. After all was said and done in Germany, I was able to catch an hour nap due to our flight to Amman being delayed an hour and fifteen minutes. Yes, I only slept one hour ... read more
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Simba in the subway

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman May 24th 2012

I awoke the next morning to a somewhat still darkened room. I sat up checking the time: 10:34. Not bad for someone who went to sleep 5 hours earlier and it was 2am back home. After checking my body for obvious bug bites and finding none, I walked slowly out of the door and into my assigned bathroom. I knew now that they called it a Water Closetfor a reason. After trying to take care of getting over the idea of putting used tissue in the trash can next to me instead of in the toilet, I walked back into the room and closed the door quietly. My miniature balcony door was still closed and I could tell that the light behind it was screaming to be released. I moseyed on over and turned ... read more

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