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    Date Palm Fruit and Dried Dates

    by machomikemd Written Aug 31, 2013

    Favorite thing: love Dried Date Palm Fruits sine I was a child and always buy them in supermarkets and in my recent middle east jaunt, i have sampled a lot of them from egypt, saudi arabia, israel, palestine, jordan, syrian and UAE kind. Jordan is the world's 21rst largest producer of palm date fruit which can be eaten fresh or dried and evan covered in chocolate coating.

    But fresh Date Palm is also a good snack as it taste like a cross between grapes and breadfruit. A good thing about date palms is that they grow here in the arid desert and you spot their towering tree palms which are like mini greeneries along a sea of desert sand. You can buy fresh date palm fruits at the supermarkets and the mini markets and at the souks of amman and Jordan

    Fondest memory: according to wikipedia:

    Dates have been a staple food of the Middle East and the Indus Valley for thousands of years. They are believed to have originated around Iraq, and have been cultivated since ancient times from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt, possibly as early as 4000 BCE. The Ancient Egyptians used the fruits to make date wine, and ate them at harvest. There is archaeological evidence of date cultivation in eastern Arabia in 6000 BCE. (Alvarez-Mon 2006).

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    Arabic Coffee

    by machomikemd Written Aug 31, 2013

    Favorite thing: Arabic Coffee is different from your regular roasted starbucks coffee! Arabian Coffee is made from Arabica Beans too but the difference is that it is heavily roasted and spike with cardamom or even cloves of saffron or cinnamon and is usually drinked as it is, without any sugar or sweetener and milk (or sometimes milk is added just to color the coffee) and the taste is strong with hints of the cardamom or the cinnamon. they are served into small porcelain or paper cups and not only for breakfast but also after a heavy meal to wake you up. Jordanian drink about 3 to 4 small cups of coffee a day but they are heavy drinkers of arabian tea than coffee.

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    Fondest memory: They are complimentary in souvenir stalls or at the souks and at middle eastern restaurants around amman

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    Arabic Tea

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 31, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Arabic style of drinking tea is always hot. Tea is more popular breakfast drink than coffee as coffee is more used during lunch or dinner here in Jordan and all over the middle east!. Our Jordanian Guide told us that they drink an average of 15 to 20 small cups of arabic tea a day while only drinking 3 to 4 small cups of Arabic Coffee a day. Arabic tea is brewed from the dark tea leaves and in a brass kettle and is not sweetened with sugar. Optional adding of honey can be done and mint leaves or sage leaves are usually added. You can also make this an iced tea but they used green tea leaves for the arabic tea instead of the black tea leaves of east asian and south asian teas.

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    Fondest memory: Arabic Tea is usually given for free if you are in large souvenir shops Madaba, Amman, Petra and Jerash.

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    Shisha (Waterpipe) Smoking

    by machomikemd Written Aug 30, 2013

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    Favorite thing: The Shisha was invented in the 12th century they say. Here in Amman and in the Arab World, people smoke waterpipe as part of their culture and traditions. Social smoking is done with a single or double hose hookah, and sometimes even triple or quadruple hose hookahs in the forms of parties or small get-togethers are used. When the smoker is finished, either the hose is placed back on the table signifying that it is available, or it is handed from one user to the next, folded back on itself so that the mouthpiece is not pointing at the recipient.

    Fondest memory: there are lots of shisha bars and lounges around amman where you can have a smoke of your favorite flavored shisha and a drink.

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    Mezze

    by machomikemd Written Aug 30, 2013

    Favorite thing: Mezze is a generic term for middle eastern small dishes (similar to the tapas of spain) and includes a wide variety of small platter servings of hummus, tabbouleh, falafel, assorted yogurts (used as dips or snacks, not as a dessert), and lots of other salads and dips. The difference of the Arabic Mezze platter from the mediterranead Mezze platter is that the Arabic Mezze has little or no meat dishes as compared to the mediterranean mezze of which, Jordan is a Part Of.

    If dining in a buffet breakfast in your local Amman Hotel, you would see these mezze platters in the buffet station and also dining at local Jordanian and Lebanese, Turkish, Moroccan Restaurants in Ammab, they include a mini mezze platter as appetizer before the main course.

    a word of warning, these mezze platters can be filling especially if added to flat breads and you might be full even before having the main course.

    Fondest memory: you might get full before having the main course as the assorted mezze and pita bread are so heavy on the tummy.

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    Water Closet (WC) aka Public Restrooms

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 29, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Public Restrooms and Toilets all around the Middle East are called Water Closet (WC) as each region has a peculiar english translation of stuffs, like the Toilets are called comfort rooms in the Philippines, lavatory in China, washroom in Canada and here in the Middle East, the public toilet is the Water Closet. Most Water Closets in the middle east (including here in jordan) charges people to use these faclities and here in Amman, they charge JD 2 per person for use of the Toilet (or water closet).

    Fondest memory: Public Restrooms (or water closet) are not free, you are charged from JD 0.50 to JD 3 per person to use it in most areas.

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    Soft Drinks (Soda) in Jordan

    by machomikemd Written Aug 29, 2013

    Favorite thing: like in any countrty, Jordan Has it's share of the multinational softdrinks like Pepsi Cola Products and Coca Cola Products, both have their own bottling Plants around Jordan and retails their assorted soft drinks products. Jordan laso has a local soft drinks industry and it is Called the Breezy Cola and it competes for market share in Jordan.

    You can buy the assorted softdrinks around amman and other places in Jordan and are available everywhere, In restaurants, convenience stores, shops, tourist areas, bars, etc. and are available in different sizes.

    a small 240 ml aluminum can of softdrink will cost JD .060 at convenience stores and the larger 354 ml aluminum can bottle at JD .80, the big bottles of like Coke or Pepsi at JD 1 to 2, depending on the size.

    Fondest memory: lots of softdrinks in Jordan

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    Bottled Water In Amman

    by machomikemd Written Aug 29, 2013

    Favorite thing: Like in any country you visit, It is best to buy bottled water rather than drinking tap water and here in Amman, there is a multitude of Bottled water companies that sells mineral, spring, distilled water in many sizes, the standard size is 400 ml bottles and 1 liter, 2 liter and 1 gallon water containers and these bottled water are available everywhere, in convenience stores, shops, (hotels give you a complimentary bottle of water everyday), restaurants and bars. they don't serve regular tap water even at restaurants for guests and patrons.

    Fondest memory: price of a 400 ml bottle water is 0.50 JD and 1 liter at JD 1.10 at convenience stores and are available everywhere

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    Jordan's Most Popular Beer: Amstel

    by machomikemd Written Aug 29, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Amstel is not a native Jordanian Brewing Company, this brewing group is a Dutch Brand that is famous internationally and is owned by the Heineken Group (makers of of the World Popular Heineken Beer), Jordan has it's local beer and it is called Petra Beer and it has a high 8% to 10% alcohol content, depending on the kind, But the Local Jordanian Beer, Petra is not as hugely popular in Jordan that the Dutch Import Amstel, hence this beer is the number one beer in Amman and in Jordan in beer sales!

    Amstel Beer here in jordan has several kinds of Pilsner: Amstel Lager uses predominantly light pilsner malt, although some dark malt is also used. Amstel Light is a 3.5% abv pale lager. Amstel 1870 is a slightly dark 5% abv lager and Amstel Draft Beer.

    Fondest memory: If you would buy a can of Amstel Beer in a convenience store, it will cost JD 1.50 a can and JD 1.75 a bottle, if you are getting Amstel Beers at the Bars around amman, One Mug of Amstel Draft Beer will cost JD 8 and One bottle of Amstel Pilsner Beer will cost JD 7.

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    Jordanian Dinar (JD)

    by machomikemd Written Aug 28, 2013

    Favorite thing: the Jordanian Dinar is the main Currency of Jordan. The current exhange rate of 1 Jordan Dinar (JD) is pegged at 1.40 US Dollar (US $). The dinar is divided into 10 dirham, 100 qirsh (also called piastres) or 1000 fils. The Banknotes are 1 dinar, 5 dinar, 10 dinar, 20 dinar and 50 dinar denominations and the coins are ½, 1 qirsh, 2½, 5, 10 piastres, ¼, ½, 1 dinar denominations.

    Amman has many money exhange shops and banks where you can change your local currencies into jordanian dinars.

    Fondest memory: Amman is not a touristy area like other areas of Jordan, so you need to change your local currencies into jordanian dinars to dine and shop here unless you want to use your international credit cards, but many small shops and stalls only accept jordanian dinars as the main currency.

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    MY INTRODUCTION TO JORDAN - AT 3AM

    by DAO Written Mar 2, 2012

    Favorite thing:
    I arrived at around 3am at Queen Alia Airport courtesy of Lufthansa form Frankfort. As I approached the Passport Control I realised there was on 2 guys working and I was going to be the last person checked by the older balding gentleman with a moustache behind the glass window. I quickly realised that he only spoke Arabic and I only knew one word - which was not yet of use to me in the situation. He was asking me questions and kept looking at my passport, then looking at me, then at the passport... then at me...

    Finally smiled and pointed at me and then began to rub his moustache. That's when I realised my passport photo was an old one and that I was now older and clean shaven. I raised my hands and looked upwards indicating I had no good reason for the lack of hair under my nose or aging. I then pointed at him and then rubbed the hair at the top of my head. He laughed and pointed his hands and eyes upward himself.

    We both began laughing very hard and I he let me know I was not only welcome to Jordan, but that I could expect this from everyone in his friendly country. It was one of my best memories of one of my best adventures ever.

    So in this guy’s opinion I am probably the best mime comedian in the world. I think he is the best Border Guard in the universe.

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    Entry Visa

    by cheerssweetie Updated Jul 9, 2011

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    Favorite thing: If you don't already hold a visa, you can by one on arrival for JOD10. It is single entry only.

    UPDATE: Just came back from Jordan and the cost of the Visa has increased from JOD 10 to
    JOD 20. - Single entry and valid for 30 days.

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    Offical Language

    by cheerssweetie Written Sep 10, 2010

    Favorite thing: Arabic, though English is in common use.

    USEFUL ARABIC PHRASES

    Hello or Hi - Marhaba
    Yes - Na"am or Aiwa
    Please - Minfadlak
    No - La
    Thankyou - Shukran
    Goodbye - Ma salaama
    My name is - Ismee
    Excuse me - Assif

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    Arrival at Amman Int. Airport

    by jlanza29 Written Feb 26, 2009

    Favorite thing: On arrival at the Amman International Airport a foreigner must buy a visa....it cost 10 JOD....we landed at 2:30 am and there were several exchange counters open.....once you pay the 10 JOD the offical passes you passport to his collegue next to him, who stamps your passport and gives it back to you. Simple and easy.......everyone speaks Good English.

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  • Best weather ever

    by patrick63 Written Sep 5, 2008

    Favorite thing: with the weather being the way it is these last couple of years who can predict, but I would think for most of the time it has been fair weather in December here in Jordan, it really starts getting cold around mid January and up until April, nothing comparable to the cold you see in some parts of the sates i.e. North Dakota or Minnesota and some European countries.

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