Wednesday, March 12, 2008

My take on Jordan..


It is still March 12th in Canada! I have two more hours to publish this post! It is March break and I have been busy with the kids :)

Hmmm what to say, what to say! I have not read any other blogs today so I will not copy cat anyone.

Before 1998 Jordan was just a random country to me, I had never set foot in Jordan...Ok this is a lie I did spend a night in Amman when we too our first flight to Canada 20 something years ago! But it doesn’t count.

I married hubby, half of his family is in Jordan so naturally it became our yearly vacation spot, along with Syria.

On my first visit to Amman I fell in love with it! I did not know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised that it had lots of stores and brands I was used to, not as much as it does now! But after spending few weeks in Syria Amman was like Toronto! I loved how you can go to places and feel like you are in a western country, and go to other places and feel like you are in a different exotic world AKA downtown Amman, I love downtown Amman, it is a fun adventure!
I loved the Aqaba, it was very quite and serene! I loved the Dead Sea, Wadi rum, and all the historical places we got to visit in Jordan, I still have not been to Petra though!! (Annoying hubby! (*&^&%$#@QW$%R%&*))

In Jordan I felt that I belonged! Being a Palestinian in Lebanon was hell! In Jordan I was not any different from the rest, everyone talks the same way I do, and our family is called by our name, not the falastiniyi! *&^^%%$$! It felt more like home than anywhere else I lived in!

I enjoyed living in Jordan! The six months I got to live there were unforgettable! I loved every minute of it, except when I was crossing the streets and waiting for a taxi!

I will leave you with pictures of some of my favourite times in Amman. I have more pictures of our trips to 3ajloon and um qais I would like to share but they are on my other computer...I will leave them for the next blog for Jordan day! Enjoy...:)
Having lunch with friends at Macdonald's
At Dreampark

The Farm...so peaceful! Except for the dogs barking...!


At the Farm feeding the goats



Riding the horse in the Aqaba




At the Aqaba





Party at Wadi Rum






Cookie party! My yummy cookies!







snow in Amman








Dancing at the deadsea









Friday prayers, I loved the mosque in front of our house










Eid prayer..my baby is praying with them























10 comments:

KJ said...

*ignored everything in post and focuses on cookies*

must

must have those

must

*drools*

they're

*licks screen*

Summer said...

Sam, Glad you made it with the two hours deadline!
nice post and nice photos.
i cannot wait to see the rest of the photos next year on march 12,2009!

kinzi said...

Yay, Sam! Amman was even more fun when you were here. When I drive by your old neighborhood I think of you. Not to focus only on cookies, but wasn't that a blast??? Sigh.

Qabbani said...

Wow , thats so nice :)

i kept check your blog to see if u write or not :)


gald u did and nice photos :)

MommaBean said...

Sniff, sniff. COME BACK! We miss you still. :( Kinzi and I are just wanting our Sam back... We'll have a cookie party for you if you come back. I mean especially in your honor, no other purpose. Glad to see you snuck in there just before the end of the day...

Qwaider قويدر said...

Everyone falls in love in Jordan, everyone falls in love with Jordan

Lovely pictures Sam ..

loolt said...

I really liked your entry :) This sentence stuck out:

"In Jordan I felt that I belonged! Being a Palestinian in Lebanon was hell! In Jordan I was not any different from the rest, everyone talks the same way I do, and our family is called by our name, not the falastiniyi! *&^^%%$$! It felt more like home than anywhere else I lived in!"

i know many people find this surprising. They think of the situation of Palestinians in egypt, syria & lebanon and think it is same.

Batoul A. said...

LOL&ew @KJ!! I loved your post and the pictures are so varied and nice:) Each one speaks a story. To be honest.. those cookies do look delicious.

Sam said...

KJ they were super yummy cookies....i tried so hard not to eat them they were too pretty to eat....i did not expect them to be this yummy...if cookies do not have chocolates in them i do not eat them..but those were an exception! thanks MB and Kinzi!:)

summer thanks for reminding me earlier:) i almost forgot! so busy these days:)

Kinzi IT WAS a blast!! i loved the cookie party i will be talking about it for years..:) i miss u guys!

Qabbani...thank u:) and thanks for adding me on your post:)

mamabean...i miss u guys too :( it was fun while it lasted...next time im in jordan we will do more stuff...we still didnt go to the children muesuem...:( next time we will for sure:)

thanks Q:)

Loolt thank u:) it is so true..it is so not the same...it is the worse in lebanon:(


batoul thanks:) and yeh the cookies were yummy! kinzi and mb make very yummy cookies...it was a good (lucky for everyone) thing i was not the one making them...:) thank u:)

Sam said...

akinogal get the hell out of my blog u &*&&^%$$$ and stop leaving your stupid link! i am so sick of deleting u people!