Downtown Amman & the Souk

Trip Start Aug 03, 2007
Trip End Aug 01, 2008

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Today was the 5K walk! Not an organized fundraiser thing but a walk from the top of old Amman down all the steps to the Souks and shopping. I went with the Ford-Kendrick family(4th & HS English) and the Wheeler's. We met at school and then had the tradional caravan for this event. We parked by the British Council area and then walked down to what I would consider to be the "real" Amman. It was easy getting down as it ws all down hill and some amazing views of a different part of Amman that I had not seen before. Temp? Low 90's!

At the bottom, we were at the King Hussein Mosque but the real intrigue was what was behind. Once we got in that area it was the bazaar that I remember from Shiraz! The sites, smells, and the people were right there to bring me back to that time. You could tell this is where the real people of Amman shop. Each vendor was hawking their merchandise of fruits and vegtables, spices and meats, fresh herbs and grape leaves. Today we were just in that area but on the other side streets were the rest of the shops for clothing, house stuff and what ever else you might need. Like a dope, I forgot my money in the car so I had to borrow money from the Wheeler's but I had my bag to carry all my purchases in! I bought 1k fresh dates, 500g pine nuts, and 100g whole cardamom pods for 7Jd at one stall. I also got fresh figs-1k for 1JD. If I had had my act together(and my money) like the F-K's did, I would have done all of my vegtable and fruit shopping for the week. There were some amazing sites that pictures don't work for-women completely covered, men in the tradional white dishday's with Birkenstocks and a cigarete, boys with grocery carts for hire to push your groceries for you, people wondering where you are from and why you are here. At one stall we were talking to a gentelman that had lived in the US-New Jersey & Nebraska and invited us to him home for lunch! We weren't able to but he said if we were here shopping again and he saw us, we were always welcome. The generousity of the people was wonderful and very gracious. My only thing is ALL the people! The F-K's said that this was nothing compared to later in the day. I think I will come in the morning!

After walking up the steps very slowly, it was time to go home and unpack my goodies. Next was a nap! I went grocery shopping at 5pm and decided that this was stupid. The people were out getting last minute stuff for iftar and the shelves were empty. You would have thought bad weather was coming or it was a holiday meal. I had to go to 2 stores to complete my list! I even broke down and bought some Coke Light to have at home as I am out of coffee and refuse to buy Folgers right now. If I get desperate, I will break down and buy some at Starbucks. Getting home was tricky as it was after 6pm and the crazy drivers are out trying to get home.

Time to go to bed. Sunday is busy with a Geography test, a pre-observation meeting with my principal, and then a new teacher gathering to discuss how things have been going at the elementary principal's home in the evening.

Enjoy the pictures!
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