Saturday, May 26, 2012

Fireworks and Festivities

Celebrating in the street
Happy Independence Day, Jordan! Today was a day of celebration for the Jordanian people. There were parades in the streets, flags waving, and copious amounts of roucus young men. The girls and I strolled around Rainbow Street and Souq Jara during the afternoon. This is certainly an area that is vastly different from the rest of Amman. It's almost its own world. Women tend to outnumber the men and everybody behaves in a much more Western manner. Souq Jara, as we have heard, is a sort of artsy market for “the upwardly mobile.” As young adult women at least attempting to be fashionable, we fit right in!
Following that, we went to Annie's house on the eastern side of town. From her rooftop terrace we watched fireworks and crowds of people in the city. I have only been a resident of Jordan for a few weeks, but I’m loving it so far. The people are friendly and welcoming, the food is delicious, the markets are lively, and it isn’t even that unbearably hot (yet!). So today I salute this great country and its independence!

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