Tip #457: Adventures in Salt, Jordan- Part One

On March 4, 2013, Posted by , In travel, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #457: Adventures in Salt, Jordan- Part One

“Adventure is the champagne of life.”  G. K. Chesterton

I was welcomed at the barbecue by some of Jafir’s brothers (he has seven from his mother and two from his father’s other wife), their wives and children, Jafir’s father and I think his first wife’s mother. It was very chilly, but we ate lamb chops, onions, and lamb meat on skewers roasted over the large fire and then kept warm under Jordanian bread (which is the consistency of parchment and even larger than the other loaves we purchased for breakfast.) The food was delicious.

Later, Arwa’s “sweet” was a huge hit. Most of us (including me!) had two servings (eating with spoons). An interesting observation. I was served first (as … Read the rest

Tip #456: A Special Day as a Guest

On February 25, 2013, Posted by , In travel, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #456: A Special Day as a Guest

“What is there more kindly than the feelings between host and guest?
Aeschylus

Hello. This was an amazing and very very long day. I spent 12 hours with Arwa, her husband Jafir, their 8 year old daughter Zain and their 4-year-old son Raed.

This included a special Jordanian breakfast at their flat, lots of playing with the children, showing Jafir how to project from his diaphragm (he also teaches), getting huge flat bread baked in front of us in a wood oven, looking at lots of family photos (including marriage and baby pictures), driving to Salt (their original home), going to an outdoor lamb barbeque at Jafir’s father’s farm, meeting his father’s two wives, walking, taking photos of the … Read the rest