Summer Thusfar

Halfway through my summer in Jordan folks so I wanted to go back and check what I accomplished on my wish list which I wrote back in Marchâ?¦nearly 4 months ago to this day. This will help me review what I’ve done and what I’ve yet to do (because I forgot) Bare with me

1- Camp at Wadi Rum
2- Take 200 pictures
3- Drive in amman at 5am in july
Ammended to 3:30am because I’m getting older
4- Check out the Roman Performance at Jerash
Next Week
5- Avoid all cafes as much as possible
Pretty much done. Some places walk a thin line between café and resteraunt
6- Go on a strict binge diet; consume only humos, shawarma, and such and such
Hell Yeah
7- Go on a strict binge diet; consume only home cooked meals
Hell Yeah
8- Avoid speeding
I Tried…
9- Frown heavily everytime someone mentions “Starbucks”, “Blue Fig” and “Books@”
Oh Yeah
10- Find and purchase a working copy of Madrasat il Mushagebeen from the balad
Should Do
11- Pray in the King Abdullah Mosque
Not Yet
12- Play at least one network game with friends
Not Yet
13- Avoid breaking any guitar strings
So far so good
14- 3 words: Chilli Cheese Fries
Hell Yeah
15- 5 words: Chilli Cheese Fries in Aqaba
Next week
16- Talk politics with a taxi driver
17- Talk politics with a barber
Of Course
18- Get my haircut for 2 jds to compensate for 3 years of 11 dollars at supercuts
Hell Yeah
19- Seek and consume a nutella and bannana saj…at least 5 people out there know what the hell im talking about
20- Drink coffee at a decent hotel with a decent view with some decent friends
Not yet.
21- Get thrown out of a decent hotel for arguing over politics with decent friends
Planning on it
22- Contribute to at least one social event so i dont feel spoiled all summer
23- Pass by the old stomping grounds and visit teachers and mentors
24- Demonstrate to teachers and mentors how much more smarter i am than them
25- Avoid saying “ganwa” for 20 weeks and 4 days
I Tried
26- Drink sweet turkish coffee at the side of the road
Not Yetâ?¦I have no idea why
27- Avoid relatives
I was definitely on something when I wrote that
28- Watch a basketball game at the Sports City
Ammended to “play a basketball game at the King Abdullah Gardens”
29- Avoid Dune’s Club or any establishment with the word “Club” as a prefix or suffix
So far so good
30- Take a Picture of every english sign that is mispelled
31- Inform the owner of the spelling mistake
No Signs as of yetâ?¦should go to Syria though
32- Drive to Umm il Sous hill and find out if its really haunted
Should do
33- Take a 15 minute walk everynight in amman
Should start
34- Strawberry juice at Shahbander’s
To much smoke there so amended to “pina coladas outside safeway at 2am”
35- Avoid 10 people I don’t really want to see but will eventually run into
I might be able to accomplish thisâ?¦so far I’ve run into one of them
36- Play trix and tarneeb at least once
Doneâ?¦Damn right
37- Watch a movie at the Philidelphia
Ammended to Concord, and will do.
38- Physically hurt any friend who suggests we go to lebanon for 10 days
39- Bury the evidence
I knew I forgot something
40- See the Arabian Oryx at the Shumari Reserve
Where are the friggin animals
41- Drink traditional tea in Kerak
42- Eat mansaf…in Kerak
Not Done
43- Attempt to Hot Air Balloon in Wadi Rum at dawn
Not done, but might
43- If balloon ride is too expensive, watch the dawn in Wadi Rum on the lousy ground
44- Drink coffee with the parents
I’m 22 and they won’t let me drink coffee
45- Attend the International Rally in July
46- Buy that Turab book about Jordan
Currently broke
47- Convince Abdullah to stop watching Sponge Bob Square Pants
Damn you for not coming
48- Go on a Mashawi picnic with friends at the Dead Sea
This Thursday
49- Avoid scorching my eyes with Dead Sea Water
50- Repeat

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