'Howdy all. Long time no blog. The issue is that here seems so normal now that it doesn't feel like there's anything interesting to write about.
So, I live in Jabal Wiebdeh, one of the oldest parts of the city. Jabal Wiebdeh is one of the original seven hills of Amman which now sprawls over twelve hills (technically 'jabal' means 'mountain' but, well, you can't blame them for trying. For the longest time, I thought 'jabal' just meant 'big rock'). This is my favorite part of Amman; it's relatively quiet, has everything, lots of trees, and one of Amman's only good walking neighbourhoods.
I live with my friend Lynne in a 2br apartment. I've converted the office as well so we're looking for a third person to split the rent. The coolest thing about the apartment is the balcony. It has a nice view across the hills and includes Jabal Qala, which has the ancient Roman ruins. I spend MANY an evening out here, enjoying the view.
We have Yummy Bites, which does quite a good chicken fajita sandwich but hasn't been open lately. Fortunately, if I'm too lazy to cook, there's also a pizza place down the road AND a new saj place with awesome chicken saj. You can see the argile (water pipes for tobacco) place next door - at a place called Smokers Paradise (I'll also have to get a shot of that at some point):
This is Duwar Paris - or Paris Square (although 'duwar' means circle) - about a half block from the apartment. In the summer it's crowded into the wee hours of the morning with families hanging out. It's also the site for occasional parties and protests. Lately, these bonehead shebab have been using the circle for a race track around two am. Nightly.
We get our fruit and veggies from this guy. It's a bit more expensive here than downtown, but it's worth not having to lug all the food up the hill (in my lazy opinion):
I don't know what this building is, but it's orangy pink. My friends all think it's ugly, but I'm just happy that there's a building here that's not smog colored:
Cafe de Paris on Duwar Paris. Cool place to spend hours doing homework and surf the internet. They also have awesome chicken in lemon-butter sauce with roasted vegetables, a nice break from hummos and foul.
I don't know the kid, but the cat is always there:
Just one of a thousand funny shop names - I should do a blog just on that. This is a cookie/pastry store:
The first photo here is Terra Sancta, a big Christian school in the neighborhood. K thru highschool, I believe. Actually, Jabal Wiebdeh has a large Christian population and at least three churches. The next photo is the mosque directly across the street from Terra Sancta. It's one of the older mosques in Amman.