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Jordan

Jim Wright, Amman

Posted by: Jamie on Wednesday November 30, 2011 (00:53:50)
Jim enjoying the sunset
I am Jim Wright, originally from Alabama, USA now living in Amman, Jordan.

After living twenty years in Birmingham I became listless and ready to move on. I had spent 12 years in the Navy traveling the globe. As a student of ancient history I decided to move to the Middle East and as I had friends in Jordan, this seemed the logical place to live.


What challenges did you face during the move?

By far the biggest challenge was the fact that I still did not know much Arabic at the time of my move. Making the transition from a largely consumerist and unfriendly society to the basic and hospitable culture of Jordan was quite a surprising shock.   more ...

Jordan > Expat Experiences

Jordan

Julie, Amman

Posted by: Jamie on Wednesday November 30, 2011 (00:50:02)
Julie
I am a thirty-something stay-at-home mum who has been a kind of expat all her life. It all started when I was 5 and my parents decided to leave Denmark for sunny south of France. That's where I grew up and thought about a career that could allow me to travel. Eventually I studied and worked a bit in Switzerland, left for Los Angeles and then London, Paris, London again and now because of my husband's job we are settled in Amman, Jordan.

We moved in January 2010 for 2 years. So far so good, I really enjoy it. We had been on the look out for quite some time for a move from London, but the economic situation was not so good so it took some time. When the position opened in Amman, we got really excited. For us, it was the best country in the Middle East: history, central, not too hot!   more ...