Today we actually left our neighborhood, for the very first time.
We went in groups with our speaking partners to Rainbow Street and Wasat al-Balad. There’s a fairly well-known market in Rainbow Street called Souq Jara that is pretty touristy, but other than that they are very sha’bi neighborhoods. Literally that means popular, but a better translation might be something like working-class.
These neighborhoods reminded me a lot of Tripoli in Lebanon. Crowded, dirty, and busy. I had falafel and hummus for the first time in Jordan from a comically cheap restaurant — less than $1.50 for more than enough falafel and hummus.
There was also a concert by a local Jordanian band at Souq Jara: JadaL. The most surprising thing about the concert (to me at least) was that they paused the concert in anticipation of the call to prayer. It was good though. I don’t instantly like them as much as Mashrou3 Leila or Adonis, but still a lot of fun. Also I think both Mashrou3 Leila and Adonis are going to have concerts in Jordan this summer, and I really really hope they’re while I’m here, because if so, I am going.
The concert was also the first time I really saw Amman as beautiful. It’s a great view.
This will serve as proof that I’m actually in Jordan. This is also the most frequently I have ever updated my blog. Don’t get too used to it, I can’t promise I’ll keep it up.