As promised, I finally brought a camera with me on a jaunt to Madaba and Amman. Lyman and I try to get off campus at least once a week, and a quick drive into Madaba goes a long way to reminding us of why we’re here. There is more to do in Amman, but I love wandering through the streets of Madaba. We’ve never lived in a third world country before so the poverty and trash is shocking at first. But when you look closely, there is beauty and happiness all around us.
Yesterday (Friday), we went to Souk Jara, an open air market off of 1st circle in Amman. Of course, I was having so much fun looking at all of the vendor stalls (and buying art and earrings) that I forgot to take pictures of the market. I did remember to take pictures as we got lost and meandered through parts of Amman that we would never have seen otherwise. We’re fortunate that Lyman has an extraordinary sense of direction, so getting lost isn’t intimidating–it’s just an opportunity to explore. I know he’ll always get us home, so we can really enjoy the ride.
We’ve bought several locally made rugs and some paintings. I’ve shared some pictures on Facebook, but I know that many of you aren’t on FB, so one of the next posts will be pictures of our found treasures.
xo from Jordan