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Amman, Jordan

Amman, Jordan

VISITING FROM: 20/03/10 — 10/03/10

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Amman is a modern Arab city rather than one of the great cultural centres of the Middle East; it has never rivalled Damascus or Cairo as a grand Islamic city of antiquity. For those arriving from Syria or Egypt it can, depending on your perspective, feel either refreshingly or disappointingly modern and Westernised.

Residents talk openly of two Ammans. Conservative and Islamic in its sympathies, Eastern Amman (which includes downtown) is home to the urbanised poor, with vast suburban Palestinian refugee camps on its fringe. Western Amman is a world apart, with leafy residential districts, trendy cafés and bars, and impressive art galleries. It's impossible to gain a full understanding of Amman, or even Jordan, without visiting both areas.

The city's character has been indelibly altered by the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees and, more recently, 100, 000 Iraqi refugees, most of whom are highly educated and have pushed the boundaries of a cultural life that had been kept under close rein by Islamic conservatives. Along with a young generation of Jordanians, these immigrants have helped to make Amman a tolerant and outward-looking city.

Don't come to the nation's captial with expectations of medieval souqs and bazaars, or wonderful mosques of Islam's grand architectural heritage. Do come to Amman to catch a glimpse of a modern Arab city, embracing an international and culturally diverse vision of the future. Whether you're in the urbane western suburbs, or the earthy, kinetic chaos of downtown, the welcome you'll receive is sure to be warm.

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1 lisa commented on 15/05/10

Hi Charis ,

Hope you are keeping well . How is school ....are you getting lots of homework ?

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2 lisa commented on 15/05/10

Hi Mathew ,

How are you getting on with your new baby sister .... Is she good ?
Axel would love to skype you if you have a skype account ?
XX

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3 charis waller commented on 14/04/10

hi axel and famliy youre photo’s are very good
from charis and famliy

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4 matthew caird commented on 12/04/10

Hi Axel, I got a new baby sister!!!!! I got your postcard today, your trip looks great. We look at your website to see where you are. We went back to school today, I will bring in your card tomorrow. Did you love the ruins and the desert? Was it fun being like Indiana Jones? That’s all for now,Matthew Caird and all the family

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