Friday, March 20, 2009

Facebook, et al

OK... I've been officially sucked into Facebook.  If you want to know my daily, mundane or otherwise, activities, you're gonna have to stop by there (see link).  I didn't think I'd like it, but it's great touching base quickly with people who've dropped off your radar... for good or bad.  I'll still keep updating the blog here since it allows for longer messages, and there's still a lotta folks who haven't or won't take the FB plunge.  You know who you are... stay strong and resist.

So... a few tidbits:  we had dinner with some of our Sri Lankan friends tonight... they held off on the spice a bit for our sake, but it was still just so tasty!
This weekend in Jordan is Mother's Day and our church celebrated with some fun during the service.  Here are a few of our moms from the noon service... quite a cross-section of nationalities... it's so cool to be part of this group.

We made a quick run to Mt. Nebo this past week with Christy, one of our Aimers.  It was a beautiful day and you could see Jericho, Palestine, the Dead Sea... it was so clear.  Kind of a coolness factor... we met some of our Filipino friends who were there on a day off!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Jordan Makes National Geographic

Jordan has been an adventure haven for longer than any of us have been around.  This month's Nat'l Geographic Adventure magazine gives just another reason why... and highlights the lengths that Jordan is going to attract visitors to the region. 

The article describes Adventure's pick of the top 50 Ecolodges around the world.  Jordan's Feynan Eco-Lodge made the list and we're pretty proud of that.  The solar-powered Lodge is located in the Dana Biosphere Reserve and is only accessible via mountain bike trails.  Check out the Jordan Times' article and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature for more details.

Just another reason to come see us!

(Jordan Times file photo)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

It's March...

And it's beautiful.  The rain's stopped, it's in the high 70's (low 20's) and the house is starting to warm up after a cold winter (which means we don't have to huddle around the heater like Bob Cratchet!).  We did get snow last week... which Facebook fans know got me all excited.

We've commenced walking at least 30 minutes several times a week in the neighborhood.  Lest you think, "Oh, 30 min isn't too long to get your heartrate up," you should see the hills we live around.  Amman, and the surrounding environs, fluctuate several hundred feet in the matter of a block or so.  Of course, you never know what you'll meet along the way... this week some Bedouins invited us for tea (we politely refused) and we had to dodge some pretty frisky goats.  We get our workout in... don't worry.

Our neighbor was kind enough to let me scale his wall and grab some lemons off the top of his tree.  Ever picked fresh lemons?  These things smelled great and Suz made some crazy lemonade... (yep, life gave us lemons, yada yada...).

Today I went with our neighbor to get new tires on the Camry and have it inspected and registered.  As in the States, the inspection and registration process is set up by the gov't.  However, like many staples here in Jordan (bread, water, gas), the insurance price is also set as a flat rate, based on the car.  We went to Marka and ran from one building to another, getting official stamps, signatures, inspections, paying fees, etc.  We're grateful all went well and there were no tickets!