Life in Jordan: Friday Market

You might be wondering about the best things that Amman has to offer. There are in fact lots of nice things, but the two greatest things are hummus and the Friday Market. Today I'm going to tell you about the second.

When Jordan and I arrived to Amman, almost two years ago, we came with basically the clothes on our backs. We had been backpacking for about a year, any clothes that we had had previously we'd left in Korea and the clothes we'd been wearing for the last year had perhaps seen better times.

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Living out of a backpack has some perks. An extensive wardrobe is not one of them.

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Airing out our clothes in between wearings.

Amman is not be the easiest place to try and rebuild a wardrobe. Many clothing stores sell imported brands (H&M, the Gap, Zara, etc) which are considerably higher priced than they would be in the countries where those stores are from. There are a couple stores that offer a more affordable selection, however even these are still higher than what I would pay shopping in the States. So for a while I twiddled my thumbs and made due with a few purchases.

However, then I became aware of the Friday Market, which is a giant market for used clothes. It's only here on Fridays, and it sells pretty much everything. And over time I've collected enough clothes to render my backpack useless as a mean of carrying everything I own. I think now I'll use it to store my scarves.

What follows is a photo essay Jordan took during our last trip to the market.

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Liv Hudson
Liv Hudson Sat, 04/27/2013 - 15:43

What an interesting life you have. When your life is over I doubt you will be saying to yourself, 'if only I had . . .' That is just so awesome.

Wow! Now, pray tell, did you leave with bundles of clothing?

Lana Fischer
Lana Fischer Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:32

Oh yikes..backpacking for a year! Aren't there bugs, spiders and snakes?? Love the market!

Aracoeli Gonzalez
Aracoeli Gonzalez Wed, 04/24/2013 - 08:11

Must be fun!!! I love the orange blouse with the butterfly, did you get it?

Jessica Alexandra
Jessica Alexandra Wed, 04/24/2013 - 05:11

Awesome! :D

peggy aplSEEDS
peggy aplSEEDS Tue, 04/23/2013 - 20:50

looks like my kind of place! great pics!

Sunny Faith Rush
Sunny Faith Rush Tue, 04/23/2013 - 14:09

Oh my. That is amazing. I would love to be there sorting through items, and finding something really cool.

Loretta Myra Bettis
Loretta Myra Bettis Tue, 04/23/2013 - 13:34

Wow! I've never seen anything like that and you're so courageous. Backpacking sounds like a lot of fun but my idea of camping and hiking is a 2 day weekend. lol
Good for you. Enjoy life while you're young.

Meg Bertapelle
Meg Bertapelle Tue, 04/23/2013 - 12:43

certainly seems like it'd be a good place for a shopping spree :) love seeing these photos of your travels! :)

Sarah Lewis
Sarah Lewis Tue, 04/23/2013 - 11:37

Thanks for sharing bits and pieces of your life in Jordan!

Angela Hoynes
Angela Hoynes Tue, 04/23/2013 - 09:11

Wow! I have never seen such a large market for used clothes!