Ramada Hotel & Suites Amman
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I know that I'm all over the place with this blog, but I wanted to write quickly about my day yesterday. I just want to start by saying, I LOVE Jordan. Yes, it has its less than glamorous quirks, but the good by far outweighs the bad. I thought by this point I would be dying to go home, but I actually feel quite opposite, I wish I had more time here. I never thought I'd say this, but I could definitely see myself moving here after graduation. Maybe I was recently inspired, ...
... try their falafel sandwiches. They had two sizes, small in a pita pocket, and large in a filled roll type roll. We opted for a pita one, and ordered one each. They cost the equivalent of .80c each and were delicious. From there we headed up to Baraka Mall - security is tight at the malls. Men get frisked and women have their bags searched. I find it quite reassuring. This is quite a small mall, but tonight we got told ...
... by the famous Egyptian author, Nageeb
Mafoouz. I haven’t started to read it yet, but I’ll let you know how it goes.
We then met another friend at a famous restaurant,
ironically also named al-Quds. It’s an Israeli restaurant with an array of
Jordanian food. I had eggs and tomatoes, and it was delicious, though it’s
pretty hard to have bad eggs. I was thankful for a meal that at least seemed
unsafe area, and rightly so. Jordan, however, is different. It's the
oasis in the midst of the conflict surrounding it, a safe haven for
refugees, a land barrier keeping nations apart, the Switzerland of
the Middle East. To Jordanians it's obvious that their country is
safe, they think everyone knows, or ought to know, that Jordan isn't
part of the conflict. But whether anybody knows that is perhaps
... his third bride but couldn't afford the 50 white camel dowry I asked for, and me losing my ATM card through carelessness (all good, nothing stolen) the last couple of days we saw some historic sites dating from 100 to 600 A.D. (the columns have been standing for 1500 years, amazing), and we also made it to the Dead Sea where Viv and I got a body mud mask and bobbed in the super salty sea... the water ...