Ramada Hotel & Suites Amman
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... it will be a good semester. I'm really looking forward to the rural retreat in two weeks. We are going to a rural town in Jordan and spending the week taking informal classes. We'll also be going to Petra and Wadi Rum, so be ready for some amazing pictures!
Because Thursday is the end of the week here, my friends and I went out yesterday. We went to the bld and visited to must-see places. First we went to a famous falafel restaurant, called ...
I started to learn Arabic. It is still
in the beginning phases, though I have mostly mastered the alphabet.
They say it is a difficult language to learn as there is the
classical language that is written and also spoken in formal
situations, and there is the colloquial Arabic that varies by
nationality. I want to master both, though I know that's more than a
little unrealistic. Just being able to read and hold ...
... 7 of us in one taxi)
We are very thankful for Ala to help us, in we go to one shop and they want $500jd ($750) for a used kids bedroom suite. Before long out the door he goes with us in tow not really sure what just happened. I guess they put the price way up for us! Eventually after a few in and out of stores we get some curtains, sectional, bed frames, wardrobes etc. Ala even arranges for them to deliver and set up everything.
By the afternoon we are fading ...
We were warned about Jordanian time but I'd never experienced it till yesterday when my host mother, who I've been ordered to call " mama Rana", announced we were going shopping and leaving at 6pm. They started getting ready at 5:50 and we left at 7, and I thought my real family was good at being late. Shopping was really fun an I got to meet more of my host families relatives. They were shopping for and outfit for Zaina and her two cousins for the feast at the end of Ramadan. After ...
... upper class) and some tourists, we were treated to huge portions of appetizers and mains that unfortunately none of us were able to finish. Had a taste of maleh, a traditional dish of lamb and yogurt on rice as well as the refreshing lemonade with mint. Fruit was dessert, but we were entertained by the waiters who made food art right at our tables. No shisha’s yet, but the tour ain’t over yet.
Tomorrow, Petra bound! ...