No one understood why we were going to Jordan. The Middle East scares the crap out of Americans! It really wasn’t on our list but we love to travel so no country is really off the list. This is especially true when we know someone from a certain country or if a friend has moved to another country. And in this case, both are true.
I haven’t been everywhere yet, but it’s on the list
We met Adam while I worked in Australia and have been friends since. He was born in Jordan and still has strong family ties in the country. Jen and Adam met at an event in Melbourne. The rest is history…. May 2016, it’s wedding time in Jordan.
Jen and Adam were able to round up 36 of the coolest people on the planet. Friends flew in from all over the world to be a part of their epic wedding.
We arrived on Friday evening and we were greeted at the airport by the travel consultant. Upon arrival, Amman seemed like a regular city except with Arabic signs. As we drove to our hotel things still seemed “regular” because we passed a huge blue store with yellow writing. “Is that Ikea??? Yep!” (Brand game strong!)
We made it to our first hotel, The Geneva. We quickly freshened up and made our way to dinner. Before we left the hotel we stumbled on a wedding at the hotel. The men looked great and the bride was beautiful!
Ok, on to dinner. Our first meal was Lebanese Mezze at Faroujna Restaurant. My stomach just wasn’t big enough to handle the delicious food that was about to go down. But first, Arak. It’s a milky looking Jordan drink that tastes like black licorice. It doesn’t sting in your throat like Vodka.
Next up…. a plethora of starters, side dishes, and meats.
Adam’s friends were calling and texting him about a house party. He asked if we wanted to go. It was a no-brainer. When else could we go to a Jordanian house party?? We made our way to a pretty nice house. We walked into a kitchen full of drinks and smoke and greeted by Adam’s friends. They all seemed happy to meet us saying things like “Adonis, I’ve heard about you” (Uh Oh!) We poured our drinks and dove right into conversation about our trip, our friendship with Adam, language, travel, work, and our daughter.
The night ended with one more drink and a long night’s rest which was interrupted by the city’s 4AM call to prayer which plays on a loud speaker for at least 10 mins.
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