Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Did I mention that it's hilly?

I read, before we got here, that Amman was located on hills, but what can I say? I am from Florida. Florida is flat. This is a new experience for me. Ok, not totally new. I have lived in hilly places before, but it has been a long time, and it's not my native habitat, so it feels new. Preparing myself mentally wasn't enough. The idea of living on hills is not quite the same as actually doing so. I am constantly caught by surprise as we drive around town. Round a bend, and we're looking out over a valley, round another and we're looking out at city, climbing up to the sky, far into the distance. It rained yesterday. We actually had quite the downpour (for all of 20 minutes!) and the water was rushing down our street, which is down a hill, in a bubbley stream. I guess it will take some getting used to, but I am enjoying the random sensory surprises I get as I catch these sights and am physically reminded, again and again, of the incredible variety of terrains our earth gives us as home.

One of my favorite views is from this bridge. Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to snap a photo with a good camera. These are from my mobile. I need to go there one day and see if there is a sidewalk so we can experience the bridge as pedestrians.


9 comments:

bettyl said...

Thanks so much for keeping us up on your new adventure!

Limningedge said...

That bridge reminds me of one in Putrajaya (near Kuala Lumpur) the federal capital of Malaysia.
I will post some of them one day.

Lydia said...

It's b/c you've been in a desert for 5 years!! We tend to get accustomed to surroundings. I still get a little *woot* of pleasure when I find a parking space right by the door, then I realize that there is a whole parking lot for all the patrons of WalMart.

Expat Mom said...

Hey, we have those trucks with the garbled messages, too! The boys seem to be able to understand them, though, they can tell me when the fruit truck is coming and they know the music for the gas car.

Hills are nice! I love mountains and hills and I'm sure you'll get used to them quickly.

Robyn said...

Just discovered your blog on the expat blog site - I'm enjoying your writing and photos! :)

Connie said...

Large parking lots! Yep! You are so right Lydia :D It is funny how we learn to appreciate the simple things in life after doing without! Probably why Brad and I ran around like kids in the first snow of the reason, looking out the windows at the rain the other day.

I am sure we will get used to the hills, but it is an interesting sensation.

Cairo Typ0 said...

We lived in the midwest for years so i totally get how hills can suddenly be weird. LOL Glad to hear that Jordan is going well. :)

Little P said...

I just found your blog and am really enjoying it! I haven't lived in Jordan- just visited my husband's family for a total so far of maybe 2 months...
I can't remember if there was a walkway on that bridge (you probably have found that answer now anyways- I'm so late!), but I do remember seeing a bride and groom walk with bridge with a stream of cars honking (part of their party) behind them! :)

Connie said...

Hi Little P, and welcome to my blog. Thank you for visiting! I am pretty sure the bridge is closed to pedestrians, but I can imagine a bride and groom getting special permission to cross :)