Estonian man in Jordan

I guess it can be taken as an experiment. What else it can be, when you take Estonian mentality and put it in Jordan and tell “this is your life now”. So, the following will reveal notes and the results of the observation “Estonians in Amman”, which has been carried out in between December 2014 – April 2015.

First of all, let’s observe the unknown (unfortunately) Estonian mentality.

Estonians are considered as very reserved nation, who express only basic emotions in the world (mainly being hunger and tired). Of course, embarrassment may occur as well, but there are only few situations, when this can happen. Either they are running late (meaning: if an Estonian isn’t 10 minutes earlier for the meeting or appointment, they are already late) or they have to ask someone’s help. Two main-known situation, when you can see an Estonian blushing and sobbing quietly (only to lecture themselves for being late or being weak). We considered this to be connected to the old saying of Estonians: “The one, who has more things at the end (when they die), is the winner”.

When it comes to love, they like to keep it simple. When expressing love, an Estonian bunches other Estonian’s arm while saying “I hate you less than others”. This is, of course, performed with absolutely no enthusiasm or emotions. But what else could you expect from a country, where the weather is throughout the year described as “Sh*tty skiing weather” (this is how their summer looks, ha-ha). This probably explains also the well-known fact about Estonians favorite food – another Estonian.

The only way to fully understand Estonians is to go through the website, created only for that purpose – Estonianmoments.ee .

Now, let’s take the Estonian mentality and place it in Middle-East.

During the first weeks, the observed Estonians were constantly confused by the idea of always having time. No matter what, Jordanians always had time for a tea or time to prepare and eat the lunch. This, as observed, caused a lot of confusion. As this is something Estonians are always lacking – time – it is understandable, why it confused our subjects. Yet, it was confusing for the other side of this experiment – Jordanians. Constant rushing and planning, measuring everything 10-times seemed to be a strange idea.

During the experiment, the subjects showed less confusion and more relaxation. To describe the situation, they used words like vacation, pause from life and etc. They also showed some signs of weakened Estonian mentality. It didn’t seem to be an issue anymore, to arrive to the meeting at the exact time as scheduled. The 10-minutes earlier rule seemed to be vanished. Still, after five months in Jordan, they are never late. Even though everyone around them seems to be.

The first more or less shocking moment came with the first experiences with the traffic. As Estonians are probably the best ones in the world to crash their cars (it can be drunk driving as well as stupidity) against other cars, trees or even pedestrians, it was nearly impossible for them to understand the systems of traffic in Jordan. Well, okay, there aren’t any systems or what so ever. Still, after two weeks of, what they called as absolutely insanity, we can say that they adapted the situation and by now … as they said … they even enjoy the traffic. No matter how crazy it seems, you can always cross the street or squeeze your car through the intersection. Of course, after five months they know only one basic rule of traffic in Jordan – in traffic, whatever you want to do and whenever you want to do, just place your hand out of the window and you’ll be good to go. And of course, peep as much as you can. Doesn’t matter if it is needed or not. By the end of our experiment, they have changed their first impression completely. They share their amusement of the safe traffic and no car-accidents and how easy it is to find your way between the cars.

The next field of this experiment is rather sweet!

The subjects of this experiment found it absolutely astonishing, how much sugar you can find in Jordanians’ tea. As they said “you literally drink sugar with tea, not the other way around”. But let’s admit it; it was only a matter of time, when our two Estonians would start to appreciate the sugar in their tea. Of course, you say it’s because they got addicted to sugar, but we say that Jordanian tea is just that good! No questions asked.

The most important part of this experiment was food. After enormous amounts of food, it is agreed that both – Jordanians and Estonians –are absolutely in love with food! The portions of food served in Jordan are the best examples of saying known also in Estonia: you don’t stop eating when your plate is empty or when you don’t have anything left, you stop eating when you hate yourself! And this is an every-day phenomenon in Jordan, as the trays are full of absolutely delicious rice and meat. The biggest success in this area was that the subjects of this experiment started to take time to eat. This is very unusual for an Estonian. They like to have their meals behind the computer, while working for a next huge project. But in Jordan, it has chanced and this can be considered as one of the biggest victories during this experiment.

These are the results of the experiment found during the experiment. We still haven’t finished with the tests, so there are not the final results. Still, to measure the results during the process, we asked our subjects to think if their mentality has chanced somehow. Both of them found some major chances within themselves. Mainly, it was about the time and taking time off. They have noticed that people actually do have time for tea and maybe it is not the best idea to always work and earn money. Even if it might mean that they will not be the winners at the end. Maybe it makes sense from time to time have a break, enjoy yourself and the company of your friends and family with plates full of Maqluba!

by Keku

It will never be the same again

Five months have passed; five bunches of days, with experience for five long summers! And again I wonder, how will it be to come back home. Thank you Wordsworth for helping me to begin this blog article – the beginning is half of the whole. To be more accurate, I’m leaving in exactly three weeks from the day that I’m writing this article. When I’m quiet and alone, I already see the pictures of my return. How will I greet my friends, how will I organize my work, which presents I want to give to my family, how will I present my experience, will anyone understand me? And what is even harder, what will I have to leave behind, what if I will just forget or let go these feelings, these thoughts, these dynamics in me, that I have here. It’s hard to describe everything that is going on in my head right now. But a lot of issues seem frightening until you face them, so for the beginning it might be good to ask myself, what am I actually afraid to leave behind, to lose?

OK, there are “simple” things that seem obvious. First there is amazing Arab food that will never taste so good if I try to prepare it on my own and probably not even if I visit Egyptian restaurant we have in Ljubljana. And also to sit down and smoke shisha will not be the same. Another thing, of which the loss is not so difficult to understand, is the traffic. Goodbye to catching a bus wherever it passes by and farewell to this easiness with which we could stop a car at the end of the hike in the middle of nowhere and ask the driver to take us to the nearest place, where we can catch a bus. No more chats on the streets or in the coffee shops with strangers that want to welcome you and get to know more about who you are and where you are from. And one of the clearest “losses” that is simple only to understand, otherwise it is far from that term are all the friends I met here and all the free time available to me to hang out with them. It’s not an everyday thing to meet people that are so open, and so accepting, so warm-hearted. Thank you for that, if you are reading!

Then things get vaguer when I think about a tie to the culture. Most likely I won’t be able to follow that much what is going on in this (geographical) area any more. Neither when it comes to the political events nor will I be exposed to music, films, experience of the people and their situations, their stories. I will miss this diversity of Arab nations that one can witness here. Everybody has some relatives in Palestine or a family in Saudi Arabia or has lived in Emirates or… You can discuss the situation of different neighbouring and nearby states (Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen etc.) with people who came from there and can tell you their own view on happenings in their home countrys. There won’t be so much of this coexistence of different Christian churches and a Muslim majority, from which I could learn a lot about the religious tolerance. I can’t even say tolerance, I’ve seen friendship, connectedness.

Right now when I’m writing there’s another field in my thoughts that is getting clearer. Somehow I feel like I don’t want yet to go back to where everything seems so usual. When I’m in a foreign country, everything seems to be new, and worth discovering. Going somewhere is not even a matter of consideration – why not – I’ve never been there, I want to see, I want to experience it even if it’s just a coffee place or a cultural center, a nearby village or a green valley. And learning is not demanding so much effort. With just hanging out with people and a bit of openness and interest the insights come. Of course, it has not always been easy, but learning this way is learning from experience and not with a lot of study and limiting oneself to a specific narrow topic. I don’t get so much of this back home. Even though … Well, maybe I didn’t until now, but actually most of the time in Slovenia so far I’ve been studying or doing some not so intensive voluntary work. The days that are coming for me now could actually be far more dynamic in that sense. I will soon finish my studies and start with my professional life, where I will be a pure beginner connecting what I have studied with life experience. You see, that’s why I like writing, I’ve just realized that. And suddenly my return home doesn’t seem so frightening any more. It’s true, that some things will stay behind (and now I can at least name them), but the most important and deep of them, will be somewhere in me. Maybe not so present in my everyday thoughts, but I believe they will pop out just in the right moments. And what’s more, there will be new possibilities opening. However in everything I will do, there will be something of my past experience in Jordan. It may sound slightly too much, but life will “never be the same”.

by Krištof

EVS Promotion At Princess Sumaya University For Technology

On the 23rd of March three of WE Center European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers visited Princess Sumaya University for Technology to tell the attendees about EVS and Erasmus+ programme and to encourage Jordanian youngsters to apply for EVS projects in different European countries. The volunteers and some of their mentors also shared their personal experience with Erasmus+ projects in Jordan and Europe. After the presentation the attendees were able to talk to the volunteers and mentors more, and ask them questions about EVS opportunities for Jordanians.

by Dace

Phenomenon of Insha’Allah

“Insha’Allah” is like a drug that helps you relax, take things easy and reduce responsibility. Convenient and practical painkiller of everyday troubles. You can get it without any prescription and almost every Arab use it. However, there is a catch – this antidote can cause addiction.  

* Please read this article carefully before you start using “insha’Allah” or cunsult with a native because this expression  used improperly threatens your career, private life or health.

After several months of living in Jordan I finally realized that almost nothing is in our own hands. Everything depends on simple Arabic expression “insha’Allah”. It means no more than “God willing” and locals use it quite often. This phrase comes up when speaking about future plans and events. Muslims believe that everything was “written” so people can’t change “Allah’s will”. Nevertheless, and I know it from the experience, it might be an expression that is used to show that we’re not intending to keep a word.

* Along with it useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. The unwanted effects of “insha’Allah” often improve as your brain adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your Arab friends if any of the following continue or become troublesome.

First situation: Friend asks you to help in homeworks in the near future. You should say “Yes, sure” (because it’s impolite to refuse to help). Of course, you can also come up with some excuse but if you think to slow you can add universal ”insha’Allah” in the end of the sentence. And now it doesn’t mean that you’ll do it for sure and your friend can’t blame you if you’ll change your mind because not you but “the absolute” doesn’t want it. And it’s forbidden to oppose his will.

* You will not use “insha’Allah” for longer than is necessary. If you use it over a longer period of time, your body and brain can become used to it and they will not work as well. This is called tolerance.

Second situation: You can hear “insha’Allah” even in a taxi. After you say your destination a taxi driver might say this words. What does it mean? Isn’t he confident of his driving skills? Don’t worry and know that in this case it’s just an expression, something like “hopefully”. So I will be a millionaire soon, “insha’Allah”.

* Make sure you follow the instructions this article has given you carefully. If you are unsure either about your dose or how to use “insha’Allah”, ask your friends to explain this to you again.

Third situation: Even if you arrange a meeting at exact time be ready to hear “insha’Allah”. If your mate is late… well, nothing you can do.

* If you are planning a trip abroad you are advised to carry a description with you because “insha’Allah” is a controlled drug. 

I’ve learned that there is a bad and good “insha’Allah”. Sometimes you just have to sense a tone to see a difference. First one doesn’t obligate to do something and warns that some changes in plans might happen. Good “insha’Allah” just shows that a person emphasizes the importance of God in its life.

* Use “insha’Allah” exactly as this article and your Arab friends tell you to. Once you have been told what dose is right for you, keep using this dose unless you are told otherwise by more experienced.

Now don’t be surprised why it’s so popular. It’s possible to use it almost in every problematic, uncomfortable or dubious situation. I think I will smuggle a couple of pills to Europe.

by Rad

Bedouin traditions

Bedouins, comes from Arabic word “bedu”, which means “inhabitant of the desert”. They mostly live in the south of Jordan. Probably most of you have heard about Bedouins, about their traditional clothes, nomadic lifestyle, beautiful handicraft, amazing tents and so on. So, that’s why I’m not going to talk about them. I’ll tell you a little bit about their traditions and culture.

If there is a happy occasion, that the child is born in Bedouin village, what should they do? Of course, slaughter a goat or a sheep and eat it. Important is to share the meat of the animal with everyone around you.

Then the child grows older and older. The child will have some questions about the life – why is the sand yellow? Why is it hot and so on. Well, they might ask their parents, but Bedouins are clever people – they will not answer you directly. Instead, they will tell you a story. It’s up to you, to get the answer from a story. Bedouins believe, that direct answer to question means that the person is shallow and has limited intellect.

Then comes the time in Bedouin life, where they want to find the significant other. It is surprisingly “easy” for them to do that, because the pressur from parents is usually not very strong. Young couples usually date for a about a year – which means the male can visit female and they can talk, share views and get to know each other. If that doesn’t work out – there should be no disgrace to the  woman family and the life goes on. If they decide to get married, then it’s party time!

Bedouin wedding, which I had a chance to attend, was amazing. For three days they set up a huge tent, where everyone are welcome. I literally mean everyone. If you’re a stranger, don’t know anyone – you can still come. The party lasts for three days and the groom has to pay for the food and drinks. First, when you come, young boys will offer you Bedouin coffee. It is followed by tea. Then, when the food comes, you can hear some gunshots. After that they bring the mensaf – rice and lamb meal, with nuts and delicious sauce. Of course, eating with hands. After that, you can wash your hands and enjoy a cup of tea. Did I mention, that only men are allowed to be there?

Life goes on, Bedouins, like all people, like to have friends over. But don’t worry, if you’re not a friend. If you come near Bedouin house, they are obliged to invite you in and provide a shelter, food and drink even to their darkest enemies. In case of war, they need to defend treat you as you would have been their family members.

Bedouins offer you coffee, which they boil three times. First cup is for the host, he pours it and drinks – to feel safe. The second cup is poured and tasted by the guest – that he would feel safe. Third cup is served by the host to the guest. And you can drink coffee for eternity – until you but a cup on the palm of your hand and cover it with other and wiggle a bit – that means enough.

If the marriage doesn’t work out – don’t worry, life goes on! Divorce is not considered a sin or something to be ashamed of. Both parties can initiate the divorce. Though, wife has to go back to her father place, after the divorce.

When Bedouins die, they need to be buried in 24 hours. They have a simple grave, with a stone on the head of the body and in the feet. When they visit the grave, they take off the shoes, say a prayer and eat a fruit. If there are children, they get a sweet treat. Also, the leave the clothes of the dead on at the grave, so who ever needs them, can take them.

Welcome to Wadi Rum!

by Nikolai

How to make a very traditional Jordanian dessert

As Kamila has already mentioned – a volunteer is only happy when he’s full. If you started your day with a piece of Zaatar bread and had some Hummus and Falafel for lunch, you might like some Jordanian dessert for supper. Here’s a delicious one that’s easy enough to make. Jordanians call it ‘’Rozzeb haleeb’’ (‘’رز بحليب”); literally translated it means ‘’rice with milk’’.

First, you’ll need some rice (depends on how thick you want the rozzeb haleeb to be). Check out the picture to see how much rice I used (look at the strawberry for measure  J ). Cover the rice with some water (I used 6 cups of water) and boil it in a pot until the rice is soft. You can also first leave the rice in a bowl of water for some time before you  start cooking so that it will be softer and wouldn’t take too much time for boiling.

Now you have approximately half an hour off to have some tea and homemade Latvian candies. :)

When the rice is soft it’s time to add the second important ingredient – milk. I used powdered milk/creamer; so I mixed approximately 15 tablespoons of it with a glass of warm water, stirred it properly and added it  to the boiling rice.

Add about half a cup of sugar (the sweetness depends on your taste; I prefer it to not be too sugary).

In a few minutes mix 1/3 of a cup of corn starch with 1/3 of a cup of water, stir the mixture properly and add it to the boiling rice. The more starch you add the thicker the rozzeb haleeb will be (the consistency should be in a range of a thick liquid drink to a jelly-like pudding).

You can also add some citric acid or lemon juice to the mass.

Stir the mass properly so that it won’t get burnt while boiling. In approximately 10 minutes it should start to swirl heavily. Turn off the oven and fill the hot rozzeb haleeb in dessert dishes. I made six portions out of the amount of ingredients I used.

Rozzeb haleeb is usually served with cinnamon. I added some coconut flakes and pistachio as well.

Let the dessert cool and – Sahteen! Your rozzeb haleeb is ready!

by Dace

Goodbye Jordan? No, See you soon!

Life in Jordan is exciting and challenging in a good way! After living in Jordan for 6 months some things in life have changed a lot! For example, from now on I will be extremely aware of water waste. After living with limited of water for four girls, I will appreciate the opportunity to take a long shower with a pressure and won’t let the water run while I do the dishes. On the other hand, I will appreciate the fact that I can do laundry more than once a week. I will miss the good weather but at the same time love the fact that we have central heating in Denmark. It will be nice to finally go out without harassment, but on the other hand, all the benefits you get in the daily life in Middle East will be taken away from you in Europe. So you will get cheaper alcohol but wait in the line like everybody else. So at the end of the day – what do I prefer? The luxury of taking a taxi and at the same time pay way less than Europe has been a nice experience. In general being able to travel cheaply to other countries in the Middle East has been absolutely amazing as well. I will leave Jordan as less of a control freak than I was before I came. I will still organize, arrange and make lists but Jordan has showed me that in the end everything will be fine. I will leave with this, but will be back for sure! So if you meet a colourfully dressed Danish woman making lists on the bus about life– feel free to say hey!

by Karina

Voice of the streets in Amman

This is a collection of street art I have delightfully found on my own while wondering around on the hills of Amman. Facing diversity, splashing colours!

I developed a keen interest for street art because I see it as a great creative tool to send a message across. It is an expression of the self and rather a response, a reaction to several stimuli. You can find sprayart in public places, which are saturated by the advertising and billboards or as a reach out to create a communicative act, to let your voice be heard. The pattern that I observed travelling to different countries is that street art, per se, represents a sort of catalyst transforming the public space, where urban art, indeed, is the voice of the young, an opportunity to re-claim the street as a space of expression and freedom.

Call it vandalism, peaceful protest, cosmetizing or empowerment, at the end of the day the label is not minimizing its powerful message. For me, street art is a witty way for statements and raising questions.

Enjoy! The collection will be updated each time I encounter new murals and stay tuned for a future article on: Voice of the streets in Jerusalem!

1.Jabal Al Qala’a: work by An Urban Reflection (non-profit community arts residency programme inviting artists to connect with different areas of the city)

2.Downtown: work by WOW Baladk (the first regional street art festival in the Middle East. 25 artists and graffiti painters)

3.Skatepark downtown

4. Various murals and graffiti from individual (anonymous) artists

by Oana

Europe and its Other – an “EVS in the land of the “Others’s” view on current political issues in Europe

The attacks on the „Charlie Hebdo“ satirists have again stirred many discussions about Muslims living in Europe. The answer of Europe is the preparation of “Anti-Islam” legislation as well as an outburst of a series of anti-Islam protests. Noteworthy in this respect are the “Pegida”-protests in Germany and Austria’s “Islamgesetz”, which has been tabled in parliament in December 2014 and has received a lot of support since the attacks on Charlie Hebdo. But are such answers really the right and especially most effective ones for dealing with the problems of constantly increasing radicalisation as well as fundamentalism in Europe?

Je suis CharlieEurope, as pointed out by Edward Said, has created some parts of the world, and especially the Arab world as a constitutive moment of its own identity. To understand this idea better, it is worth taking a look of one of the sources of Said’s thoughts: the philosophy of G.W.F. Hegel’s dialectic. Hegel analyses the phenomenon of a society’s necessity to have an „Other“. This “Other” is a constructed identity which is filled with every characteristic which constitutes the opposite, the exact other, to the identity which is the one actively constructing. Characteristics are especially given in those categories, which are considered as very important for the constructing identity.

In the case of Europe, those are especially the following: religion, human rights, gender equality, justice, liberty and security and minority rights as well as LGBT rights, amongst others. It is therefore clear why Arabs are seen the way they are seen in Europe: as too strict and too old-fashioned about religion (arguments sometimes even go as far as considering Islam a bad religion), as barbarians who do not understand the concept of (Western!) human rights, as a folk who has an unfair justice system and who is too inhuman to accept minority and LGBT rights.

What Europe, or at least Europe’s society does not understand is that it supports, if not even creates a conceptual chiasmus like this as it is, as described above, constructing an opponent other while also wanting to spread its ideas and „europeanise“ the world, as will be explained below.

Since the establishment of what is now called the European Union, Europe has been aiming to become one if not “the” big normative power in the world. The political interests of this are quite straightforward: If European values are spread out to the world, Europe will benefit from a better economy and can better play out its political interests in the world as a result of increased leverage.

Je ne suis pas CharlieTo start with the less obvious one, European values once successfully spread out to the world will also bring Europe’s economy a boost. Spreading certain norms means spreading a certain culture, thus spreading opinions, views on how to live in the world and a believe system which helps to identify what it is that is considered as bad or good, or worth and not worth an effort. It also means the spread of the ideas and how to live your life, what aims and life goals people should have and are considered as „conform“ with society and also how food shall be prepared and eaten. When Europe therefore succeeds to successfully convince others of its culture, more products can be exported as societies will try to imitate European culture. And not only that: with more research put into the more cost-efficient production of originally „European“ products will help Europe to get its own products cheaper or to, with imitating other States’ newly developed technology, to produce more cost-efficiently.

Second, if Europe managed that the world conceived it as a „normative power“, Europe’s leverage and decision-making power would increase significantly. This means in the following that Europe could create a safer and more peaceful world, and especially a safer and more peaceful „neighbourhood“ for itself. It is especially its „neighbourhood“, the Arab world, where more and more threats are perceived from. Examples include the problem with Syrian jihadists from Europe (and coming back to Europe after fighting in Syria), the higher criminal rates in Europe of people with migrant background and the radicalisation.

For Europe to become such a “normative power”, it is important to understand the concept of norm creation and dispersion. Besides others for this article less interesting characteristics (the intrinsic nature of the norm, a link to the local culture and the actor’s prominence), the most important thing for a norm to successfully spread in the world is to have or at least give the “Other” the feeling to have positive narratives about it. Nobody listens to someone if it clear that he/she is not respected or does not make a positive impression to the other person. In the same way, Europe’s norm will be perceived as bad and “حرام” (harām) if Europe’s negative feelings about this part of the world are obviously negative.

Europe will therefore, to overcome this self-created conceptual chiasmus, need to focus more on its view on Arab society itself and on the Arabs living in Europe, instead of going out to world thinking it can spread its norms despite its radical destruction of “Otherness”. The promotion of education about “intercultural learning” and exchange programmes, (and youth exchange programmes, in particular) between Europe and its “Other”, the Arab world, will help to foster a more positive image of Arab society in Europe. Integration programmes, including the fighting of the extremely high unemployment rate of Europeans with an migration background, many of which have Arabic roots will, on the other hand, help to positively influence European’s view on its Europeans with migration background, the “other people”, which are living in Europe.

So therefore, my beloved Europe, please make love instead of creating more cleavages between you and your Other – it will not only save you and your people but perhaps also help to in the end finally spread your well-appreciated and valuable European ideas and concept of human rights to the world. It is, in the end, just a double win-win situation for you: you will be safer because of less fundamentalism on your ground, the Arab world will benefit from your liberal ideas and concept of human rights, and this, my dear Europe, will make you consequently even more safer as your neighbourhood will threaten you less. Good luck!

by Hana

Never give up on your stupid, stupid dreams

As an average Estonian, who’s rather slow and knows at least 10 different ways to cook potatoes, I’ve often thought of, what is it that made me abandon everything I knew and reach out for something unknown. While being on a plane to Jordan, enjoying, what I thought was my last beer in the next six months, I started to repeatedly play these thoughts in my head.

never give upFor as long as I know, I’ve always had a dream to live abroad. But life has its own ways, or how people here say – in shallah – and as the years flew by, it seemed even more and more impossible. Besides, I was having a pretty good life in Estonia: I had a challenging work that changed the world in its own way, rather comfy apartment and a loving husband and a lot of good people around me. Of course, as any other European, work really seemed the most important thing in my life, leaving me less and less time for other things I enjoyed. Or at least used to.

Yet, when I got the phone call “Do you want to go to Jordan for the next 6 months?” my first though was “Why not!”. Well, by saying that I found the missing link between me and my dreams.

Of course, there were still many loose ends which didn’t let me to be confident about going to Jordan. After all, I had to reorganize every aspect of my life in Estonia. After a month or so, I started to notice, how everything came together, like puzzle pieces which fitted perfectly. Pausing my life in Estonia seemed to be the only and at the same time – easiest thing to do. And for how long had I thought about it? How many “it’s too difficult to get it done”? At the end, it took only a decision to get it done.

Now, after two months in Jordan, I have no doubt, that it was the one and only thing to do – to make a decision and start working towards it. And for two months I’ve been living my dream. There were moments, where my dream-life had no hot water or no water at all, there were moments, where I lived with 8 people (which is pretty unusual for Estonians who are desperate about their personal space), but it was still a dream-come-true.

And I guess now I understand why I wanted this. Why I was so desperate to get out from my every-day life, do go somewhere, where everything is complete different and strange. Especially, while the whole world tries to convince you, that there’s nothing good in Arab countries.

Well, based on my experience, the world is wrong. I’ve met the kindest people in the world and for the first time in a long time – I’m not overworking or stressing about things that I have no power to change. My mind is busy enjoying life, not thinking how to make more money in shorter time. For the first time in years, I understand that it is okay. It is okay to not worry about what’s coming. And those small obstacles, like having no water or showering with ice-cold water, they made my dream even better! Because they showed me exactly, how less I need and how much I take as granted. It shakes off everything you though you needed, but you don’t, leaving only the true values and beliefs that you carry within your heart. You might think that people don’t need to go to Jordan for that, but apparently they do. Otherwise the safe, everyday routine will get absolutely every piece of you, while making you believe that this was what you wanted from life. But did you?

What I’ve learned? I’ve learned that the moment you decide to reach for your dream, you’ve already done half of the job. What about the other half? Well, it seems like it will get done anyway, whether you do it or not, it will get done.

So, never give up on your dreams, no matter how stupid or silly they seem to be. They’re worth it!
And note: if you’re now thinking that fulfilling your dreams will take too much time… well, time will pass anyway, whether you do something with it or not.

by Keku