Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hey Y'all!

Hey guys! Long time no post! If you were wondering where I went, I have been oh so busy planning my semster in Jordan, aaaand, I'm finally here! It's totally amazing! I've smoked some hookah, seen some camels, and even floated in the Dead Sea! But, since this isnt a travel blog, I won't go on about all that here.

I will say that weddings here are impossible to overlook! There are a few traditions I've seen in action although I haven't actually been to a wedding here (yet). Coming from the airport I encountered a tradtion that would never fly in America. We passed a long line of cars with the flashers on all honking and driving slowly. I assumed somthing was wrong, but when we got to the front of the line, our driver pointed out a white antique car with a bride and groom sitting in the front. The bride would stand up and wave at the cars behind her like a pageant queen!

Wedding tradition number two I discovered through the window of an upstairs apartment--fireworks! That's right! No Jordanian wedding is complete without a fireworks display! This all happens right in the middle of the city (I'm totally jealous) and yes, you may think that sounds dangerous, but it sure beats the original tradition. Before, celebrations included firing guns into the air! The government decided that was dangerous and introduced fireworks as an alternative. I think this one is much prettier anyhow!

Well, soon I'll be back tracking to tell you all about the wedding details I sorted out before hopping the pond over here! Next up? Dresses!