A Little Fun Before Beginning the Grind
Trip Start Aug 24, 2009
66Trip End May 24, 2010
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What does this mean for me on this beautiful Sunday? That I am at FoEME for my first day of work! Well, it is actually Ali and Rebecca's last day so things aren't really being handed over to me until tomorrow or so but today is my first day at the office. The staff is six and there are three interns, the other two are from Japan and deal with botany and forestry (soil samples and such). Everyone is very kind and although we are located in a weird industrial area of Amman the office is nicely painted and fresh feeling. Oddly my only complaint thus far is the A/C. I am cold! I was sort of looking forward to a hot hot country and now I am sitting here freezing, haha.
I had a brief skype call with my pups. The web cam stuff was working really well on my end which was sweet but I guess I was frozen in time on his end. Either way it was good to know my new mic and headphones work well for those types of calls because I have heard that calling cards are very expensive if you want to contact people in the States.
After our yummy dinner Rebecca and Casey and I headed to CityMall because Casey needed to go to the Virgin store there. I actually ended up purchasing a few Spot books in Arabic to help me practice! They are cute. I don't know why but in Arabic they don't call Spot by Spot's name...they write the word for puppy as Spot's name, which sounds like Bubby (i.e. Where is Bubby?). After CityMall we went to a Friday night market called Souk Jara. A lot of tourists and less traditional Jordanians hang out there smoking nargileh, buying souvenirs, etc. They Wild Jordan, a restaurant where everything is fair-trade, organic, recycled, etc and proceeds help their foundation maintain protected areas of Jordan's environment. This place was amazing and it is on top of one of Amman's hills so the view at night was gorgeous, overlooking the Citadel and the downtown area.
This was a lazy day. Lots of nothing happened. I checked out the tiny corner store on our street and they actually have a decent selection at cheap prices so I will probably get what I can from there before heading to the bigger grocery stores. Is it safe to eat eggs that have not been refrigerated? I never know since so many people have different opinions about refrigeration. One of my house mates refrigerates her peanut butter which is news to me.
I was tired of using my computer on this lazy day so I started a book which is turning out to be very good. The book is called Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia by Carmen Bin Ladin (she was married to Osama's brother). I am about half-way through and it is very interesting.