Enjoying Amman with a 10 JD Budget or Less
In a country where everything seems over-priced, increasing in prices or just ridiculously expensive, it makes me sad that Jordan – Amman specifically has become outrageously pricey, it almost sounds impossible to go out without spending an average of 15-25 JDs per night (and yes sometimes per person depending on the place.) So I decided to jog my memory on some of the beautiful, non-costly things that one may enjoy in Amman now a days, with the golden rule that it should be under JD 10.
 Treat your self to a witty Jo-Bedu T-Shirt with a smart sarcastic line, like “Bala Gafye” or “7ata Hadaf Hayati tele3 tasaloul”! Their only 10 JDs, and you’ll have one more item to put in your closet, you’ll be in a good mood every time you wear it, and will eventually make people smile when they catch a glimpse of you wearing such a statement.  Treat your self to a “Blast From the Past” Restaurant as I like to call them! Sohor at Hashem Downtown in Ramadan, Falafel Sandwiches from Falafel Al-Quds on the first circle or a scrumptious sandwich from Reem’s Shawerma on the second circle. All of which wont cost you more than a JD or two.  Enjoy a day of art, many don’t, but you can’t say you don’t enjoy art until you experience it personally, so before you go making excuses on how lame art is, stop by Jabal Wibdeh and stop by some the National Gallery (which costs you 2 JDs) or Darat Al Funnun and check out the latest insight of Jordanian and Arab artists showcased there.  Buy a cup of coffee or a cuppa tea from a coffee vendor in Jabal wibdeh for 0.500 fils and sit on the hillside of Jabal Wibdeh over looking downtown, the scene is spectacular, it’s usually cool as your on a hillside, and the distant sound of traffic is ironically soothing.  Order in an Argeeleh from Wheels Express! Yes Argeeleh’s are ridiculously expensive to enjoy at a place out side the house, with tax, a cup of coffee, and a bottle of water (and lets not forget about tipping the coal man). Enjoy a wheels Express Argeeleh for 5 JDs delivered to your home, with love and full of flavor!  Drive to Abdoun where Bianca Café and Macaroni’s restaurant are located, if you drive and park 500 meters down the hill, get out of your car and take a look, the hill on your left hand side, is packed with buildings showing a less fortunate area of Amman, on the right hand side is the luxurious Abdoun/Deir Ghbar area. The view is quite artistic and is worth enjoying a sunset there.  Head to the Animal Humane Center on the Airport Road, and enjoy a day playing with kittens, puppies and other animals. Many of those animals have been abused and are lucky to have found a temporary shelter. Make it your good deed for the day, and if you’re lucky enough you might be able to adopt and make one of those orphan pets yours.  Share a “3azeezi” – as it is the latest and funniest epidemic that has over washed Jordan. Or log on to their website 3azeezi.com and enjoy reading the hall of fame and the hall of shame, where some are seriously funny, some are just lame, that people should think twice before posting them. (This includes me, I made it to the Hall of Shame, am not that funny)  Drop by Abu Khamees Bakery on a Friday and grab some Manaqeeh for your family and your self, as the oldest bakery in the fast growing Swefieh area, it is still quite cheap and insanely delicious, with some tea you got your self a Friday Breakfast/Brunch for under 10 JDs.  There are ten stairs that lead downtown from the surrounding mountains, walk down the stairs from the one in Jabal Amman to go to Downtown, it’ll cost you nothing, you’ll boost up your energy level and enjoy an artistic perspective of Jordan.
September 23, 2016
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