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14 °C


Less than 30 hours ago, this same porch was covered with snow. Today, it’s such gorgeous weather that we decided that we will have lunch outside (khyar ma2li just in case you’re wondering, Nabelsi cuisine at its best). What can I say… global warming is growing on me.

Eating outside makes me feel like I’m back in Riyadh, especially as my dad is here for the weekend. Back in Riyadh, every Friday, the neighbors would organize a pot-luck sort of lunch and everyone would gather around the common area and spend the rest of the day eating, playing water polo in the pool, and smoking argeeleh. Ammanites aren’t the most social people though- aside from the Khouris across the street, I don’t really know anyone in the neigborhood, although it’s been “our neighborhood” for the past 30 years.

And hmm, I just realized that I now consider 14 °C “gorgeous”. So much for the days when 14 °C was the chilliest part of Riyadh’s desert winter.

Old picture of Friday lunch in Riyadh


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  1. I am absolutely in love with today’s weather :) I was just thinking this morning about the funny contrast…

    you see, that’s one of the things I love about going to the mazra3a; the social friday lunch with whoever is up for it :) but I do agree, Ammanites are not the most social people around!

  2. Nas

    ironically yesterday was minus 15 and today is minus 14 where i am

    im enjoying the nice weather too :-D

  3. I think ministry of tourism should make use of this thing by promoting Amman as “the city where u can live the four seasons in less than a week”!

  4. roba! what is “khyar ma2li” excatly? cuz my family cook something similar and i thought it was khalili cuisine! =)

  5. onzlo

    Ive never heard of khyar ma2li, but in all honesty it sounds disgusting, who would fry cucmebers as a meal?

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