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Newbie moving to Jordan! What to visit? How to prepare move?

Hi! I'm in Amman for the next 3 weeks trying to get a lay of the land before I bring my family over early next year. I didn't realize when I accepted this TDY that I'd have a whole week off courtesy of 4th of July and Eid! So, I'd be grateful for any advice on local venues to visit and of course, advice on how to prep for my upcoming move. I look forward to meeting everyone!! Jimmy

Welcome on board  :cheers:

What kind of advice you're looking for?

Soon you'll find out that whole Jordan is a cultural and architecture city.  Every site is unique and worth to visit. You need to take time to visit them all.

Go up to the Citidel take some wonderful photos of the city to send back home to get everyone excited.  Try some shopping in downtown, Jabal Amman, etc. Although it's crazy now because of Eid it's part of the experience. Go to a cafe and have some shisha, Turkish coffee, and knafa. An afternoon at the Dead Sea is one of my personal favorite things. There are plenty of things to do and visit depending n your tastes. Of course the big things like Petra you'll probably want to save for when your family comes.

As far as preparing for the move I can tell you the things I regret not bringing with me. If you think you will need any portable electronics (laptops, iPads, cell phones) in the near future buy them before you come as stuff like that costs twice as much here. Also kitchen stuff (pots, silver wear, knives) other than dishes and glasses. Of course unfortunately, most of your appliances won't work here. The converters don't work (220 to 110) they just end in a puff of smoke. If you wear men's shoes size 11 or above or wide feet you'll have a hard time finding ones that fit here.  Shoes don't come in half sizes either and I've yet to find a pair that fit me here other than at the "American outlet" stores. Also to note that it gets cold here in the winter. My apartment doesn't have heat other than a portable gas heater we use which is the norm here. I'm from a very cold and snowy part of the USA and I thought I'd be able to handle it but not having central heat is a whole different animal, 50° in your house when you just got out of the shower seems a lot colder than 50° outside. Bring lots of long underwear and warm slippers. Especially if you are coming in the winter!

Great advice! Thanks! I'll check out DT today and have plans to go to the Dead Sea this weekend. I just assumed we'd have central heat here, but now I'll check to see what our housing pools are equipped with. Thanks again!

Also, a lot of the apartments here do not have dishwashers or clothes dryers. They are just not popular here. They can be bought though. I've gotten used to it. But might want to ask about that.  Especially if you're not the one doing the washing :).  As a side note there are a lot of "American" things here. If your family isn't used to an overseas post and feeling nervous little things hs like thay can help, at least they do for me.  Just the other day my husband took me to DQ for a blizzard and it totally made my day.  A trip to Applebee's and Ikea can make me feel like I'm back in DC.

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Also, a lot of the apartments here do not have dishwashers or clothes dryers. They are just not popular here. They can be bought though. I've gotten used to it. But might want to ask about that.  Especially if you're not the one doing the washing :).  As a side note there are a lot of "American" things here. If your family isn't used to an overseas post and feeling nervous little things hs like thay can help, at least they do for me.  Just the other day my husband took me to DQ for a blizzard and it totally made my day.  A trip to Applebee's and Ikea can make me feel like I'm back in DC.

What is DQ and DC  :/

DQ is Dairy Queen. And DC as in Washington DC, USA. Sorry, Americanisms :)

Welcome to Jordan Jimmy hope you have here and you get used on it as soon as possible :) don't  hesitate to ask any one for help

Thanks everyone! This is definitely valuable info.  I don't know why, but when I signed up for this account, it wouldn't let me add the US flag to my profile, on the the British flag. I am American from San Francisco and am VERY familiar with DQ  ;)  It will absolutely help... Thanks again!

Hmmm. Idk I see the American Flag for you.  Are u seeing the British Flag in the right hand corner?  I have that too, I think that is just for English as the language selected.

Hope you had fun exploring so far. I went to Souk Jara on Rainbow street for the first time this weekend. It was nice. Mainly tourists shopping there when I went and the prices were higher than some places, but it was nice and relaxing and not super crowded.

if you still in Amman, try to visit Abdalli

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