Thursday, May 26, 2011

Happy Eid al-Istaqlal, Jordan!!!

Yet another country that celebrates independence from the British... Although I wasn't able to purchase a flag this year due to a ridiculous schedule, I did have the opportunity to spend the holiday at an NGO function in Marka. Let me set the scene for you...

We arrived 15 minutes late, which turned out to be far earlier than any festivities began and waited for the rest of the attendees to enter the tent. The large tent was flapping perfusively in the wind made a flapping noise throughout the celebration that made it virtually impossible to concentrate on the speakers. Besides the dhaja from the flapping tarps above, all of the attendees were so interested in their neighbors, children and current conversations that no one listened to any of the speeches. Instead, the conversation died down a little in order to chant "His Majesty King Abdullah II lives! He lives, he lives, he lives!!!"

I went with two interns to Abu Khaled's for a lunch and then after, we went to a government funded party. It was pretty interesting and I had a blast. It reminded me of a convention that I went to a few years ago. I loved it!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It's nice to be back.

Everything has changed since last year, but I have grown to love this place and yearn to return when I am away from it for long. I went and visited some of my favorite spots in Amman during my first few weeks and am anxious to become a member of the community again. After my first week, I realized that I hadn't taken any pictures and that I must capture the city as I see it. Here are a few of the sights that I have captured in the past few days.