Orientation week

Hello to everyone!

1 Amman
1. Amman, view from hotel
2. Al Qasr Metropole Hotel view
2. Al Qasr Metropole Hotel view

Hello!

Since arriving in Amman on the 23rd and until a few days ago, I was staying in the AlQasr Metropole Hotel. Breakfast there was exotically delicious.

3. AlQasr Metropole breakfast
3. AlQasr Metropole breakfast

On September 30th, I rented a magnificent apartment in Jabel Al Weibdeh with a wonderful view of the Old Citadel. (Photos 4,5,6).

Entrance to apartment
4. Entrance to apartment
Living room view of old Citadel
5. Living room view of old Citadel
6. Sitting room in apartment
6. Sitting room in apartment

This past week we attended meetings during the mornings at the Fulbright House.

7. Fulbright House
7. Fulbright House

The information that was presented pertained primarily to social customs.

8. Fulbright House training
8. Fulbright House orientations

What did I learn? A lot. I developed a deeper understanding of the reasons certain social customs exist, primarily for strengthening the welfare and advancement of extended family. I’ll explain more about this at a later date, suffice it to say for now, the family works as a unit and each member’s behavior reflects on the economic and social advancement of the family.

On the walk to the Fulbright House we pass a city park that houses peacocks, chickens and various types of birds.

9. City bird park
9. City bird park

In the afternoons we were transported to various circles in Amman to see apartments for rent.

10. Fulbright group viewing apartments
10. Fulbright group viewing apartments

On the very first night I arrived, the 23rd, I smoked my first hubbly bubbly – watermelon flavored! It was good to puff on but too strong to inhale. The patrons at the cafe were primarily women, dressed in their best long black dresses (decorated with white beads on the neckline and shoulder areas). Hubbly bubbly (hooka) cafes appear to be the “in” place for women’s night out.

12. hubbly bubbly and capaccino
12. hubbly bubbly and capaccino

The second night, a few of the Scholars (Angela and her husband Stephen, Zohreh, David and I), ate dinner in the restaurant on the roof of the hotel.

14. Stephen, Zoreh, David, Suzie, Angela
14. Stephen, Zoreh, David, Suzie, Angela

The following are more photos taken during our orientation week:

2 thoughts on “Orientation week

  1. Good job Suzanne….like the journal. Want to hear more about the social customs that keep family’s cohesive. They are fortunate to have you there……….

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