Well, here I am in Kharabsheh, Amman, Jordan. I’ve been here a week with no internet and no phone. Hopefully we’ll get a phone soon. The flight was fine; I took Dave Lebovitz’ advice and took an Excedrin PM, since I don’t sleep well on planes. Alhamdulillah (praise God), I slept like the stereotypical-but-not-very-true-to-life baby.
So far I like Amman. Kharabsheh, I’ll have to decide once I’ve met some people. Evidently I arrived in the middle of a heat wave; last Friday was about 42 Celsius which I believe is 107 Fahrenheit. It seems to be over now, and the weather is rather pleasant.
I’ve been able to study here very well, maybe even better than I could at home. For those of you that don’t know, I was almost done with my Masters thesis and wanted to come here after defending it, but my advisers were not able to do it during the summer, so I decided to just come here, finish it, and return to defend it and take my MA exam in the fall.
I should be able to meet more people once I get a job. There’s one place nearby, which will remain nameless for now, that might hire me; I should know sometime soon. If not, there’s another place with a big name (don’t know if they pay big bucks or not though) that may hire me. They’re further away though.
There are lots of cats here, and some chickens in the neighbourhood. I hear the roosters in the morning. It’s nice to hear the call to prayer, and I don’t have to bother to print out the prayer times each month.
The cheese is pretty nice here, which is good because I love cheese. Evidently many Jordanians cook only once a week here, and eat the leftovers for the rest of the week, along with bread and cheese. A tradition I can wholeheartedly embrace.
Oh yeah, and our doorbell sounds like a bird!
That’s about it for now. Look for a musician spotlight on Haero Dizaye sometime next week insha’Allah.