Today, we gathered a bunch of random friends, stuffed ourselves into several cars, and headed off to Amman’s Global Village, where we spent a good 5 hours having fun and wandering around the fair.
I didn’t get the chance to attend last years Global Village, although I knew it was something worth going to as it saw 15,000 visits each day! So today, I was really excited to see what the fuss was all about, and let me say that I wasn’t disappointed at all.
The group was really excited about the rides, so that was the first thing we did. There are quite a few games in the fair that were brought in from England, and some of them are actually much more adrenaline stirring than they look. It was hilarious to find out that all the guys were scared shitless of rides while all the girls would line up excited and jump off laughing while the guys stood aside and held our purses with horrified expressions on their faces(naqisato 3aqlin wa deenan? into naqseen qalban wa gutsan).
All pictures grow when clicked.
After everyone had enough of the rides, we went to the country pavilions, where 21 countries were displaying products and cultural dances. We started off at the Thai pavilions that had a lot of very pretty artificial flowers and a whole ton of accessories.
Then we moved on to the Chinese pavilions where Sarah and I fell in love with the kimonos and ended up buying 3 very unwearable but very pretty kimono tops. The Indian pavilions was also fascinating, especially since the Indians’ love of bright colors completely suits my taste. My curtains are actually pink saris that my mother managed to find in downtown Riyadh.
There were also several local national bands going around the fair singing ethnic music. The Palestinian pavilions had dabkeh music on, and that was a horrible, horrible temptation as a good amount of the dabkeh people were a part of the group and we haven’t done the dabkeh together in years.
When we finally finished looking round the various pavilions, we realized that we were starving and headed off to the food court, where we found that many countries had also brought in their national foods for the people of Jordan to try! There was also your typical fast food outlets, like McDees, Burger King, KFC, and Mrs. Fields(LOL, enlarge the Mrs. Fields picture and notice how the Mrs. Fields “corner” had shawerma!!!) I didn’t know what to eat, as there were so many choices including two of my favorite cuisines- Syrian and Turkish. In the end, I decided to have a Syrian cheese sandwich made on the traditional saj, although looking back I should have tried something more different as I can eat a cheese saj sandwich anywhere in Jordan.
Of course, there’s always more room for dessert, and I was really dying for “eshta bi3assal”, which is fresh unprocessed cream topped with honey. Unfortunately, the “eshta bi3assal” place didn’t have seats and we were tired, so a Syrian guy wearing a tarboush convinced us to go into his “corner” and have their “eshta bi3assal”. When we sat to order, I said “eshta bi3assal”, and the 3amo told me that they don’t have fresh eshta, they have diet eshta because all the women are on diets. I was too tired to get up and I’m on a diet anyway, so I agreed. Hehe, naturally, the “eshta bi3assal” had NOTHING to do with “eshta bi3assal”, it was icecream! Yes, icecream! Diet my ass. And eshta il to2shot badanhom . Later on, we found out that this corner was actually Syria’s legendary “Bagdash” icecream, so the icecream was pretty good anyway, but Sarah and I couldn’t help but muse at the length they’d go to sell. Isn’t the picture of Sarah really nice?
Finally, it was time to go home, but not before I almost ran over a goddamn horse, got lost for 15 minutes in the horrible parking lot, and had to deal with 6 people stuffed in my backseat. And oh, yes, now the band mania has reached the “Jordan First” campaign, they were giving out “Al-Ordon Awalan” bands for free.
I encourage everyone to go take a look around Amman’s Global Village, and experience the many different colors, textures, and flavors of this globalized world that we live in.