Life in Jordan: Amman

Somewhat surprisingly, Jordan has become one of the more significant countries in my home story. And since it's a pretty cool place that doesn't get a lot of attention, I thought it would be fun to write some about all the great places in this little country.

Disclaimer: Life is confusing because I both live in Jordan and am married to Jordan. I shall try my best to indicate which one I'm talking about. Also, I'm in no way an expert on life here, just sharing my own experiences.

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Some basic facts about Jordan. Arabic is the official language. It's comparable in size to Austria, or Indiana. Most of the population is Muslim, with about 10% being Christian. About 6.5 million people live here, and while statistics are tricky to pin down, at least 2.5 million are Palestinian refugees who had to flee their home country and now permanently reside here. There is also a large Iraqi population following the recent Iraq war, and now thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing the current conflict in Syria. Jordan, despite being a poor country with few natural resources (including water) has an admirable spirit when it comes to refugees. As one of the few stable countries in a region filled with uncertainty they have done more than their share for the surrounding people. They also let us live here, and in a world that will more than likely shut it's doors on you, that's something I consider to be a real gift.

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Most of Jordan is desert, but Amman (the capital, where I live) has the benefit of some elevation, between 700 and 1,100 m (2,300 - 3,600 ft). This means that our summers, while hot, are not unbearable like they are in most of the surrounding countries. It also means that we can get snow in the winter time. Most of the time we have rather pleasant weather and can enjoy the nice desert sun. Also, sometimes we have sand storms.

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Amman is a very scenic city, built on 7 hills, there's often a view to be had, but it's a beast to walk around, especially since the idea of sidewalks hasn't been fully developed. It also has some great history, with a Roman amphitheater and the ruins of a Roman citadel looking down on the city.

The amphitheater is down in the city and the citadel up on the hill. You can just barely see the columns at the top center of the photo
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Amman has some great markets, and delicious food, but I'll save that for another post. If you have any questions about anything, feel free to leave them below in the comments and I'll try and answer them in a future post.

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Recent Comments

Melissa Bechtloff
Melissa Bechtloff Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:51

it really does look beautiful

Harriett Humphries
Harriett Humphries Sat, 01/26/2013 - 20:45

What a beautiful city. And what great experiences you and Jordan are having.

Betsy Niederer
Betsy Niederer Fri, 01/25/2013 - 15:26

The amphitheater is so pretty! Do they use it for anything or is just for visiting? The weather looks really nice too!

Candi Stears
Candi Stears Fri, 01/25/2013 - 04:39

wow! gorgeous photos!

Lisette Verhoeven
Lisette Verhoeven Thu, 01/24/2013 - 08:39

Thanks for sharing your experiences, I love your photos.

Janet Scott
Janet Scott Wed, 01/23/2013 - 22:57

Lovely photos and it looks like such an interesting place. Would you recommend bringing a family there (two young kids) or would you wait until they were a bit older? Also, how did you end up going from MN to Jordan...quite a cultural difference!

Kaleena Farmer
Kaleena Farmer Wed, 01/23/2013 - 13:03

Awesome - it is nice to know more about Amman.

Meridy Reeve
Meridy Reeve Wed, 01/23/2013 - 09:37

Very cool! Thanks for sharing. Would love to hear more!

Sarah MacIntosh
Sarah MacIntosh Tue, 01/22/2013 - 12:32

Thanks for sharing! It's much more interesting to hear what a place is like from someone who lives there rather than reading about it. Oh and the picture of you and Jordan looking out onto Jordan is beautiful!

Candy Lee
Candy Lee Tue, 01/22/2013 - 11:29

What a great looking city!

Laura Wellinghoff
Laura Wellinghoff Tue, 01/22/2013 - 09:08

Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos and a bit of what it's like there! Would love to visit that area sometime, but like you mentioned the hills, I'd be leery if I ever did get to go. Sometimes I'm up for walking, but hills would probably definitely do me in quick! Please share more!

Lou Anne Hazel
Lou Anne Hazel Mon, 01/21/2013 - 22:29

It looks like a fascinating place to live. I have some of the same questions as Sunny. I hope you'll share more.

Sunny Faith Rush
Sunny Faith Rush Mon, 01/21/2013 - 18:38

Is the amphitheater still used at any time? How are the women treated? What about education and technology? Transportation? Do you plan to make this your permanent homebase?

Beth Bayer
Beth Bayer Mon, 01/21/2013 - 18:09

Beautiful corner of the world. xoxox Beth

Lisa Lavery
Lisa Lavery Mon, 01/21/2013 - 11:24

Like the photo of you and Jordan in Jordan :-) Sounds like a neat place! How are you being treated seeing as you are american and some of the middle east doesn't like america?

Emelyn Magpoc
Emelyn Magpoc Mon, 01/21/2013 - 11:19

How fun to stay in Jordan!! We visited there a few years ago, only a couple days, but it was great. We loved going to Petra and the Dead Sea!! My son's name is Jordan, he just turned 8 when we went there, he was super excited to see his name everywhere!!

Heidi Shafer
Heidi Shafer Mon, 01/21/2013 - 09:04

Interesting!

Jessica Feagle
Jessica Feagle Mon, 01/21/2013 - 06:51

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

Lana Fischer
Lana Fischer Mon, 01/21/2013 - 02:34

This was so interesting!! I have often wondered how safe it is to live there. My favorite picture is of you and Jordan looking over the city. Thanks so much for educating us!!