August 3, 2010

In Jordan

Visiting Kate has been wonderful so far!  Well, except for the heat.  We've had a heat wave here.  Usually it's in the upper 90s or low 100s, but we've had several days ranging from 112-122.  That. is. HOT.

Adventures so far include:

Being served seeds, chocolate, coffee, 2 apples, 4 plums, 2 large figs, some cactus fruit (yum!) immediately after lunch.  And being expected to eat it. all. Immediately followed by dinner. Which was followed by 3 cups of pomegranate kernels and 2 pounds of grapes.

Teaching a 9 year old girl how to pat her head and rub her tummy simultaneously.

Seeing a Bedouin goat herder (with tent) in a low field adjacent to a Western-style mall.

Navigating luggage via a crowded bus and then finding a way to get to Kate's village (ride did not show up, and no bus that day)

Visiting Ajloun Castle--gorgeous

Shopping in the market for fruit and vegetables. (yes, that was an adventure)

Tomorrow we head to Mafrac to visit with the family that hosted Kate when she was in language school.  They are Bedouin and are Kate's absolute favorite.  We'll be back to her village in a couple days, and then off to Amman and Cairo!

I do have pictures, but Kate has a slow modem so I'll need to post them when I'm home!

p.s. I've heard that Hannah is having a great time spending this week with Wendy over at The Saunders Gang!

p.p.s.  If you have heard about the rockets fired into Aqaba, Jordan, we are nowhere near there.  Kate heard of the rocket attack via phone call from the Peace Corps, and I was informed soon after via email from the State Department. They continue to keep us informed so we can stay safe.

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