If you are considering coming to Jordan we can promise you that it is worth! But be careful, some things might surprise you. We present you top differences between Jordan and our countries.
Differences between Jordan and …
1. For 100% Poles perhaps the greatest shock will be the price of apples. Our country is one of the largest producer of apples in the world so they are relatively cheap in Poland and we eat a lot of them. Here we can not afford apples:)
2. Smoking in public places is totally normal. You can smoke everywhere, in office buildings, in shopping malls, at bus stations and even in restaurants. In Poland you would have to pay a fine at the police office for smoking or get kicked out from the restaurant.
3. Living without Cracow’s public transportation is really difficult for us. You can not count on public buses in Amman but you can always take very cheap taxi.
4. We really miss green!
5. Every second Jordanian studies enginery. Young Poles usually choose humanities, social science or economics.
by Kamila and Radek
1. Latvia is green, Jordan is yellow.
2. Latvia is wet, Jordan is as dry as dust stuck in your throat.
3. Latvia is flat forever, Jordan is only either up the hill or down the hill.
4. In Latvia, you would be ashamed if somebody saw you littering, in Jordan, you would be ashamed to be noticed looking for a trash.
5. In Latvia, we do use seat belts and do tend to obey the rules on the street and do get into accidents, in Jordan, there are no rules, no seat belts, no safety, no accidents (according to locals).
1. One of the biggest difference is religion. Most of the people in Jordan are Muslims (~94%) and you can recognize it in everyday life. Every day you can listen to the five prayers, you can see numerous beautiful mosques and a lot of taxi drivers have the Quran in their cars. Many people in Germany are without a confession (~33%) and a lot of people don’t go to church even though they are a member of a church/confession.
2. Another difference is of course the landscape – Germany: plenty forests, many lakes, rivers; Jordan: desert, less water, of course some forests but not as big as in Europe)
3. And the mentality of the people – Germany: very punctual, well organized, schedules for busses and trains, boring(?); Jordan: more hospitable to strangers, busses are leaving only when they are full.
One of the biggest difference that we have noticed here is a transportation. Indeed, the most common way to move is by a taxi. And you know what … before coming to Jordan I had never taken a taxi in France! In France it is enough to take a bus to go everywhere and whenever and it is cheaper than a taxi. Of course taxis exist also in France but it is more expensive and it’s better to take a train, a subway or a bus to move through cities. Cities in France are very well connected and you can quickly go from one place to another. In Jordan, let’s say, it is a little bit more complicated… It is sometimes necessary to wait 20 minutes to manage to take a taxi!
by Manon and Doriane
Since we came to Jordan we’ve noticed many differences between Jordan and our home country, Denmark.
1. One of the first things we noticed is the friendly people of Jordan. In Denmark no one ever talks to strangers on the street, but even the first day we were here we were met by kind people wanting to show us around this wonderful city.
2. Secondly we’ve noticed how people smoke everywhere; in busses, at home, in taxis, in restaurants, and even at the hospital. Smoke is everywhere you go.
3. And third of all we’ve experienced how much, often unwanted, attention you get when you are a blonde Danish girl walking around in the streets of Amman. Harassments are a part of daily life when you are a female in Jordan – even local girls wearing hijabs are experiencing this.
by Karina and Julie