Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Day Two: Amman

Our second day in Jordan didn't work out quite as planned. Despite advanced planning attempts, we discovered too late to alter our travel plans that we would be in Amman to meet with the U.S. Embassy on a federal holiday (Veterans' Day). As U.S. Embassies honor U.S.holidays, the offices were closed.

This worked out for the best, as my boss needed a day to recuperate from a cold that had left her completely voiceless for the entire trip to Jordan. Me? I had to suffer through a morning sitting in the sun by the pool trying to get work done while fighting with an uncooperative wireless connection. Things could have been worse.

That night we had the opportunity to meet up with some of the Jordanian alumni of our summer program. The students were amazing. They were so happy to see us and were so eager to share their country with us.

We started out with (non-alcoholic) drinks at Jafra. Some of the students also shared some shisha, an incredibly popular past time in the region. Next up, the students whisked us down the street to Hashem for falafel and hummus worthy of a king. No really, the king of Jordan had eaten there. After stuffing ourselves to the gills, it was time for a Jordanian dessert, kanafeh. Deep fried cheese with a crunchy, sugary crust? Yes please.

At this point in the evening, I was starting to lose steam. I had woken up at 3 am that day and wasn't able to get back to sleep. But the students were psyched to show us Roman ruins. On the way to the ruins, though, we had a flat tire instead. The consensus was that the ruins were closed anyway and instead we took a brief detour to the mall, the Taj Mall actually.

I would post some pictures of our visit with the students, but I was shooting in RAW on the camera and it appears I no longer have a RAW editor (read Lightroom) on my computer since it came back from the warranty fix. So those are going to have to wait.

The boss and I are in Algeria now. More action and adventure to come.

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