Friday, August 25, 2006

All About My Trip to Jordan

I know, the story has become an old one, and maybe boring to some of you.. but it still worths posting!


First Time…

So, I didn’t have enough time to write about my trip to Amman. I should mention here that this is the first time I get out of Iraq in my whole life, and it's been my first time I get on plane but sure not the last time!


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In my first visit to Amman I went to movies for the first time in my life. There used to be many movie theatres in Iraq before the war but I was too young and didn’t have that interest in movies. And we all know that those theatres were closed after the war. So far, I watched two movies: Pirates of the Caribbean II with Attawie, Anarki and The Kid, and Superman Returns with Mom and sister. Other movies on DVD were The Da Vinci Code, Pride and Prejudice, Incredible Cruelty, Scary Movie4 and Zathura.

I hated the movie of The Da Vinci Code a lot; it's nothing like the novel and is missing a lot of the information and details in the book. After watching it, Attawie and I decided to reproduce and redirect the movie, change the actors and actresses, put more conversations and action like in the book, and probably turn it into a T.V. show if it gets too long!!

I'm having so much fun here although we're going to almost the same places everyday. I don’t feel homesick at all except for missing my father so much for he couldn’t come with us to Jordan. I mean, there's nothing to miss there anymore cuz it all reminds me of pain, lack of security, daily agony and the smell of death everywhere in Baghdad. Surely, these are not things to miss anywhere! I miss our old Baghdad though, and there are things that remind me of it here in Amman; the lights of the night down the streets with people walking around here and there. The night breeze of Amman reminds me of the autumn and early spring in Baghdad when we could have our dinners at the restaurants on the Tigris side. Ol' happy days those were that could never come back!


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A fourth bloggers meeting took place on Saturday. We were ten this time: Anarki, The Kid, Baghdad Treasure, 24 Steps to Liberty, Zeyad, Nabil, Micho, Attawie and I. the tenth person was Attawie's sister. This time the meeting wasn't at the mall as the previous meetings. One of the bloggers chose a nice café shop and we all agreed on the place and time. Reading their blogs for over a year now I didn't feel that I was meeting them for the first time. It was like meeting old friends and having so much fun with them. Time passed so quickly that we (the girls in the group) had to go back home on sometime. We planned to meet again, but this time to go on a small picnic.

We talked about many things; about blogs, current news and points of views about political issues, about Baghdad and news from home and about our future plans. I think that most of us, if not all, don't want to go back to Iraq. At least for the current time. It's sad to know that educated people are fleeing the country for their lives leaving nothing but destruction and tears back at home, but there's nothing to do about it. We're seeking life somewhere else other than home cuz we've had enough and decided to want to live like other people. It's sad and not easy for me to say this and I don’t really want to admit it but that’s the hard truth.

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The first bloggers' picnic...

That’s what Baghdad Treasure named it, or a chips picnic according to Attawie's description. As much as it was a simple picnic, it was awesome! There were Micho, Attawie and her sister, BT, 24 Steps to Liberty, Anarki and his friend, Zeyad, Nabil and finally me. The Kid didn’t come cuz he was having cold. My mother and Attawie's grandma were with us as well. We set the place and time at Al-Hussein Park on Tuesday, 8th of August. We brought chips (Lay's and Mr. Chips), nuts, mini cake roles and Pepsi. Though we didn't eat everything we brought, there's no picnic if there's no food.

We chose a place on the sidewalk as our resting spot and we started talking, singing, eating and laughing out loud. Nabil played guitar for us and we sang songs for Metallica, Hotel California, and other songs. When it came to singing old Iraqi songs, though no-one said it loudly, I looked in the eyes of each and every one of them and saw that they all missed home; the country that once we had! And since we are all fans of F.R.I.E.N.D.S and have seen many many episodes of the show and know their songs and quote them by heart, we sang Phoebe's famous "Smelly Cat" song. Now I know that every time I watch Phoebe singing on that show I'll remember this happy day.

It's ironic that we all live in Baghdad yet never had the courage to think about meeting there! But the chance brought us all to Jordan for different reasons in order to make this happen. I can say that those days were among the happiest days of my life; I had the chance to go out with people and to have new friends whom I can share everything with. And the most important thing was that we all are of almost the same background, have the same interests and strife for living normally like all young people in the world.


Does bad luck accompany Iraqis everywhere?? … Possibly!

Of all days of the week, the Museum at Al Hussein Park closes on Tuesday (the day we went there)! After walking for about half an hour in the humid and chilling weather to the museum, we found a big label says "Museum is closed on Tuesdays". We didn’t have the chance to get in there and see the stuff inside, but we didn’t want our walk trip to the place to be unfruitful so we took our "back" photo in front of the museum.


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"The Museum is closed on Tuesdays"

Birds of a feather flock together!

Our meetings didn't end this far, and it's still going on till this moment, and every time we all met we planned for a next meeting. The reason is obvious; it was fun to do so, and for me it feels like I know them all for a long time. On Thursday after the picnic day we went to Mecca Mall, walked around the place and got to the arcade center and played table hockey and foosball. We played in teams in which BT and I always lost against the other teams! Well, I admitted to them that was the first time I played those games :P … The photos we took here were so much fun that I keep laughing every time I look at them, but they are not to be posted on the blog! Later on that day, we met I Was There with his family in one of the cafés at the mall.

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I would call this one.. "Bloggers United"
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I didn’t go to historical places… I didn’t have enough time for that, besides we were told that Iraqis were not accepted in some of those places! However, I went to the Romanian relics which were located inside Amman. There were only me, my Mother and sister. We didn’t stay there for a long time cuz the place was rather small and there wasn't that much to see. It's not like the historical places we have in Iraq in which you can spend days looking at wonderful things. Here are some photos we took…

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At night of the same day, I met the bloggers for one last time. It was at Bel Mondo café again. We sat there, had coffee, took photos, talked about many things, mostly blogging. Attawie suggested that we all tell the story of our blogs, how we discovered the blogsphere and why we started to write.

The next morning (Sunday), I came back to Baghdad alone, and it's been about two weeks for me in Baghdad now. There was only one day separating me from meeting Melantrys, and two days from attending the wedding party of Attawie's sister! The reasons why I had to cut short my vacation I come back home? Can't tell now but rather on the right time!

Bottom line: I had twenty wonderful days in Amman in which I met my closest friend after three years of non-meetings, I went to so many places, I met many new friends and had so much fun with them, and the most important thing, I "practiced" life!

More photos from Jordan...

Amman at night



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And in the morning..

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From a museum

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On the way back home to Baghdad...


Down the dangerous airport road in Baghdad


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Somewhere in Baghdad where a black rag annoucing the death of a person, a martyr, it says



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Across the Tigris River


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End of the journey! :P

13 comments:

Original_Jeff said...

Dear Morbid Smile,
Sounds like a great trip with many "firsts" for you--the first trip on a plane, first movie in a theatre, and first time in a foreign country.
I am so glad you got to go and do fun things with great people. If only all Iraqis believed/felt the same way as your group of friends!

"The reasons why I had to cut short my vacation I come back home? Can't tell now but rather on the right time!"

Hmmm.... Very interesting... Sounds like something good may be coming?

Best wishes to you and stay safe.
Original.Jeff@Gmail.com

karina said...

wow! it seemed I had a trip in Jordan too!

do you know i like Queen Rania of Jordan very much? She's very beautiful and the JOrdan version of Princess Diana. ;-)

David said...

Such a wonderful trip with so many great memories! I am really happy for you Morbido that you had this experience! :D

I have not seen The Da Vinci Code yet. Too bad I can't see the redirected version by you and Attawie! ;)

I am going to guess you are wearing the light blue shirt in the "back" photo. Am I right?

The old Roman amphitheater is very impressive! I love old ruins. I really had a great time when I went to Italy while I was in High School. I saw so many amazing things and imagined I was back in Roman times. :)

Hey, I heard that Mel had a wild night out on the town in Amman last night! ;)

Good luck with the next leg of your journey Morbido!

Melantrys said...

What night? Where am I? Who am I?

:D

Non-Blogging said...

Been following your blog for some time and now with the new post got the excuse to send my greetings your way :-). Keep up with your good job and blog more!

Marshmallow26 said...

Hello Morbido,

It was such a nice trip you had there, you know what, this trip will be stuck in your mind for ages, cuz you experienced many things, events, new blog colleagues and like you said you experienced life!

Looking at the pictures you inserted; reminds me of my trip to Syria that I had month ago, it was just perfect and I am still dreaming of it.

BTW: I like the picture of sneakers!!

I hope what comes next will be the best for you...keep going.

Morbid Smile said...

Hello all, I'm glad that you liked the post! :)

Yes, Jeff, it's a VERY good thing coming! ;)

Hello Karina, it's always good to see you here! Queens are always a source of inspiration.. well, that's the case for me. She's been on The Oprah Show last month!

Hello David! Wel... mmmm.. I'm not the one with the light blue shirt. Sorry!! The whole group in the photo had been guessed on 24 Steps to Liberty's blog.. I'm the one with the white and pink shirt (first one on the left).. and the one with the white and light blue shoe in the other photo! :P

Talking about old ruins, you should visit the ruins of Babylon and the other old civilizations of Iraq! I hope that there will come a day when people from around the world can visit here with total safety!

Hey, I want to hear about that wild night in Amman! What happened there?? Mel, it's better that you say it otherwise I will get the details from my insider in Amman! ;)

:P

Hello, Non-Blogging, and welcome here! :) I'm curious to know why is it a "non-blogging"?? Keep on coming back here :)

Hello Marshmallow!

I once had a five-day trip to the north of Iraq last summer, and it got stuck in my mind till now as if it happened just yesterday! So, I'm more than sure that this trip will last in my memory for a life time!! That's what happenes when you spend the greatest time every!

Non-Blogging said...

Hello, Non-Blogging, and welcome here! :) I'm curious to know why is it a "non-blogging"?? Keep on coming back here :)

It's from the times when I didn't even have a Blogger ID. And in a way it's still correct. I don't blog, I just read them hehehe!

You're already on my list of favourites, so you can be sure of seeing me here more now!

David said...

Morbido, you have the best looking shoe! ;) No reason to be sorry! Actually, I guessed correctly who was Attawie (I checked 24 Steps). I guessed you were wearing the light blue shirt because I thought you would like to hug both Attawie and your sister in the picture. :)

I hope that I can visit Babylon someday!

Lynnette in Minnesota said...

O.K. I think this is working for me today.

Cloud pictures. Yes, the first time I flew that's what I took pictures of too! :) Did you have any problems with your ears? That's the one thing I don't like about flying.

You didn't have any interest in movie theatres before 2003? I loved going when I was a kid.

I'm usually disappointed in movies that are based on books I have read, too. There have only been a few that have lived up to my expectations. "Lonesome Dove" was one of those.

Nice pictures. If you haven't been over to Zeyad's yet, he's got some good pictures up of Aqaba.

Looking forward to hearing your really good news! ;)

programmer craig said...

Morbido, are you going to tell us which back belongs to which blogger or do we have to guess!? :D

Looks like you had a lot of fun!

ac blue eagle said...

Thanks for the post and photos. Enjoyed them.

olivebranch said...

Great to have you back in the blogosphere Morbido and good to hear your version of the events :)

I hope some day I can travel to Iraq and see the relics of the dawn of the great civilizations of Man! I wish to travel one day to see what remains also of the great Persian empire, but I want to avoid IRAN in its current political state as much as I want to avoid Iraq!!!!

One day I am sure that with the help of people like you and me we can bring enough peace to your part of the world to allow safe travel for those who wish to go see these places :)

may peace be upon you and safe times lay ahead :)

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