Relaxing day in Amman

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

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Sunday, October 14

Today was a very relaxing day. We slept in and decided not to go to Jerash. We were both tired! Casually we got ready and headed downtown to the Souk. Not much was open and it was quite quiet. Kirsten's favorite spice store was closed so I will have to see it the next time I come. While downtown we went to the Roaman Theater. The Theater is very similar to that of Delphi, Ehpsisus and Pompeii. The cost was 1JD. Along the sides of the Theater there were two museums that had artifcts of old head dresses, clothing, jewelry, pottery and mosaics. These were all Bedoiun tribal artifacts. Outside the theater we walked by King Houssain's mosque - very old and beautiful. It is on a lot of postcards. While down in the Souk area we went to a fabulous bakery that Kirsten calls her "corner bakery". Inside they are making all their homemade bread, pastries, and cracker type cookies. It is interesting as they are out in the open and people just help themselves to what they want. There are no plastic gloves here. We bought seasme crackers, rounds, variety of date cookies and fresh pita bread. It was a fun experience and will go back before I leave. It was soon lunch time so we went to this great little outdoor restaurant called Ward and Kabob. We ordered Futtosh (garden salad) and lamb in a tahini (seasme) sauce. It came with bread and was very good and cheap. The sauce was rich! After lunch we ventrued to a home interior store that was very high end design. The day was beautiful with sun and a nice breeze. Of course I wanted to check out the malls and grocery stores so we headed up to the top of the city. One way to tell that you are at the top of Amman and near where you may want to be is the tall "towers" which are soon to be office spaces. It is helpful if you get lost. The first place we ventrued to was the infamous Safeway. They did a radom security search of the car, but the car behind was waved through. Not sure how important it is. When you enter you walk through a security gate and it beeps but the guard standing there just looks at you and waves. They have household items and lots of other in somewhat of an organized fashion. The store is just there. I would just do my grocery shopping there for some things. Kirsten needed a phone card so of course I was game to go. Our next stop on the my list was the "mall". It is also know as the Mecca Mall and it is huge and tacky! I didn't help the economy here at all! We were there for about 45 mintues and then had enough. Did go through the home store that was like a K-Mart version of IKEA. I ws amazed to see a vendor selling corn - yes, yelow whole cornel corn. People are eating it all over. There is no butter just salt. There was also a lady making fresh pita on the floor in the middle of the shopping mall. So much for health regulations! The next stop was City Mall and Carrefoure. This mall is more upscale and more American stores. We wandered around and then headed into the grocery store. I wasn't sure if our car would be in one piece when we came back as Kirsten parked in a real spot but a small car had pulled into a no parking spot and blocked him in. She said that he could wait til we got back to get out. There is no rhyme or reason to what some do here. Back to the grocery store. This place was huge - groceries on the main floor and clothes, furniture, elcetronics and health and beauty of second floor. I felt like I was at Fleet Farm, Menards, Target and Rainbow all in one. It was an adventure and one-stop shopping. We bought some groceries and headed out to our next stop. Chocolate chips were $7.50 a bag and Crest was $5.60 a tube. I can see why I brought stuff to Kirsten! I was getting time for supper so we headed to a small take-out place by her house and had Schworma's. They were chicken pieces shaved from a spit and french fries rolled up into a pita bread and grilled. We ate the at home and they were very tasty! I woud have them again as they are cheap. While at home we knitted and of course went to Starbucks for more coffee and knitting. Our newest pattern was a candy corn. I brough this and the yarn with me. Kirsten was able to figure this out, but Barb, you are still very much in need!! Don't think you are off the hook! Because we had been there and Kirsten goes there, we were treated to free drinks. We sat for a couple of hours and my caffeine headache came - hadn't had DC in three days. Because of this, I was able to go to the third gorcery story - Cozmo. That is a fancy grocery store. I got my Coke Light and off we went back home. This was a very relaxing day and full of sights and sounds - horns! Gotta go to bed and Petra is tomorrow. On a side note, drivers here are crazy. There are no real lanes, so you just fit in where you can. To move over or to have someone move over, you just honk. There are city circles, 8 of them, that are our round-abouts. You just move your way into the circle or across the circle. Just stick your car out and have a car next to you as your buffer. Move and drive at your own risk!
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