Tuesday, May 15, 2012

First Impressions

Early realizations from Amman:
Citadel Ruins
This is great :)

  • I thought I studied Arabic for a year at the college level, but apparently that was some other language that no one here can understand. So that definitely needs to improve.
  • The words, "Welcome to Jordan!" ring out from all over the place. Strangely enough, it is exclaimed by only men and in exactly the same tone of voice with the same inflections every single time. 
  • Fresh fruits and veggies are the greatest.
  • The yoghurt is fabulous and so cheap.
  • You can find "fahetas," "hamborgers," and chicken dogs around town. No pork to be found, that's for sure.
  • Stray cats and goats are common in these parts, but dogs less so.
  • Our apartment has a "guard" who watches over our area and takes care of maintenance. He already thinks us girls are so dumb. We call him when we need help and so far we have had issues with garbage, funky smells, and locking ourselves into our bedrooms which have all been quickly and easily solved. Sorry to be a bother, Ibrahim!
  • The streets are bereft of women after the sun goes down....as if we didn't appear out of place already.
  • There is definitely a sense of hope and potential here. I feel a slight hum of excitement regarding the future and dreams of these people. The young people here are going places.
  • I love it. It already feels like home.

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