Back to work today! We’ve pretty much found a daily routine now. It goes something like this:
7.15 Wake up, shower, breakfast, etc etc.
8.15 Leave the flat and walk to the office. All the locals think this is weird, even scandalous, as nobody walks in Amman. The taxis come up behind us and hoot to get our attention and seem extremely surprised when we ignore them.
N.B. The Jordanians seem to have a slightly different relationship with their car horn to the British. Whilst the latter only use it as an expression of extreme rage, a horn in Jordan can mean
- “Look out, I’m right behind you!”
- “Do you want a taxi?”
- a wedding celebration or
- an expression of extreme rage.
8.55 Use our keycards to enter the building and sign in for work with the fingerprint scanner.
Despite the title of this post, I do actually enjoy it. Work consists of a variety of projects, such as making the company more environmentally friendly, improving the employee intranet, and editing English translations. We take approximately an hour off for lunch, sometimes eating in the canteen and sometimes going out.
18.00 Free time, woohoo Our most exciting activities are at the weekend (coming up in my next post, get psyched) but evenings are pretty cool too. So far we have
- Met friends in cafes on Rainbow Street and Downtown
- Gone to two concerts
- Cooked dinner at home
- And once went to Carrefour to get groceries (although I doubt this trip will be the highlight of our stay in Amman)
If we have spare time in the flat, I practise my transliteration, or put on BBC World. However, this does not often happen, as there is a huge amount going on in the city. The most recent concert we attended was absolutely superb – a fusion ensemble, Zaman al-Zaatar, consisting of a bass guitarist, violinist, percussionist and oud player. I’m not going to do a full-on review of the band here, but if you fancy reading someone else’s review, there’s one on this site.
This picture was taken just before the concert, and the oud player is the only performer currently on stage. The oud (عود) is similar to a guitar, but with 11 strings and no frets. I might stop now before I get too far into Musicology mode! Can’t wait to attend some more concerts in Amman.