Sunday, May 31, 2015

Boab Sammy

In Jordan, each building has its own caretaker called, Boab's.  These guys supervise the building and help maintain the cleanliness of it.  Our Boab, Sammy takes out our rubbish, cleans our car and waters our plants on the front porch.  We pay a fee once a month for this service.  Our Boab, Sammy is a lovely man from Egypt (they are all mostly from Egypt).  He is the sweetest thing and so kind to Ayla.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Independence Day, May 25th

In 1946, Jordan achieved freedom from the British.  It was on this day that Transjordan became what it is know as today, The Hashemite Kingdom Jordan.  Today, there has been a wonderful airshow flying over Amman.  Ayla has been petrified of the loud sounds going over our heads.  It is a national holiday in Jordan and a nice day off work.

Long live the King of Jordan!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Copas Central

Copas is new hang out for Robert and I.  We have been here once and it was a lot of fun.  It sells tapas and other foods.  On a Thursday after school, many of our friends come here to take advantage of the 'Happy Hour' which is buy one drink, get the other free.  As the weather is getting warmer, this a is a great place to hang out and unwind after a hard week's work.

Shams El Balad

This morning, some good friends took Ayla and I to a nice restaurant downtown called, 'Shams El Balad' near first circle.  It is a wonderful place to catch the morning sun and enjoy a cafe with some excellent, organic food.  The manager told us that the food is made off site by local women who use only organic produce.

There is a nice, smoke-free downstairs, but an even better upstairs with a nice view of the Citadel and the Ummayad Palace.  

They do not sell bottled water which is a huge plus for the local environment.  They have free water for customers which is very good for Amman.