First few days in Amman
Trip Start Jun 27, 2011
20Trip End Sep 04, 2011
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I arrived around 2:30 AM Wednesday morning and got to Paris Circle by 3AM. My roommates came out and met me on the circle and carried my bags upstairs. They are great and have been so welcoming and friendly. That night Greg was working on a paper so I stayed up chatting with him and watched the sun come up over the city. Around 6am I went to sleep. When I got up I learned how to turn on the gas heater and make the water hot for a shower.
Then Greg took me on a tour of the Weibdeh (our neighborhood), pointing out the grocery store, ATMS, good hummus places, cafes and liquor stores. Then him, Anael and I went down to the Balad (center) so Anael could buy some gifts before his trip back to France. I drank sugar cane juice and we ate kebab. Later that night I went to Shmeisani (another neighborhood) and I met some girls that are Fulbright scholars and PeaceCorps volunteers as well as a few Jordanians.
Today Zane and I went to Abdoun to look for my office. Abdoun is very different than Weibdeh. The homes are new, big and beautiful. There are a lot of western ammenities on Abdoun circle like McDonald's and Papa Johns. The US Embassy is in Abdoun. It looks like a huge palace and is so very heavily guarded. I picked up a SIM card so I have a Jordanian number and can call Hind (my supervisor) since we didn't locate my office. Then we went and grabbed breakfast, which included an italian omelette which came with toast and a big hot dog on the side...yum! Then I successfully navigated myself back to Dwar Paris. I am trying to be really attentive and pick up key arabic words and directions. People have been very friendly, but you definitely get a better deal if you speak some arabic.
Pictures to come soon!