During the past few years, i have visited several countries.. and met wide variety of nationalities and ethnicities.. and upon introducing myself.. of coming from Jordan.. some had very interesting reactions. I would like to share with you some of them:
Polish guy (hostel receptionist): Ah nice you know, u r the first ones who come to our hotel from Jordan... where is Jordan anyway?? please tell me anything about ur country.. i really wanna know !
Polish guy again: Do u have cars? (Dear God) :S
French man (artist): Ah Jordan! I was there..Petra is just goregous.. its a shame people don't speak french there..
French man 2: ah oui oui.. Jordanie.. lovely people.. there is this lovely city i can't forget.. i can't remember its name..
FM2: no no.. it starts with B ?
me: ha?? are u sure??
FM2: yes yes.. its on the sea..
me: are u talkin about Beirut?
FM2: YES.. thats the one..
me: sir this city is in Lebanon..
FM2: Oh.. (speaking to his friend) i should stop drinking.... (and falls into a deep laughter)
Bulgarian guy: oh Amman! how exotic!! (i dunno what did he meant by that - but i guess he had a flashback image of Arabian Nights)
Swedish flat-mate: Ah Jordan... yea ... King Abdullah and Queen Rania.. also the late King Hussein.. very lovely Royal family..
Swedish flate-mate 2: you have a lot of water pipes there no?? :)) Dude Shisha rocks..!
Swedish colleage at University: oh you from Jordan?? Assalamu Alaykom! I Study arabic for fun!
Swedish girl (my friend's flate mate): do you have a lot of terrorists?? ( WTF?)
Swedish man (at Westren Union office) :
WU: where do u want to sendmoney to? Jordan? where is that?
me : You know Jordan.. middle east..? Amman..?
WU: Ahh Yordaniaa
me: yea thats what am saying..
WU: no sir.. u said Jordan.. how am i supposed to know!
my Greek Professor: Jordan.. and Amman.. i love them.. it reminds me of my home in Greece.
Turkish hotel receptionist: Ah Urdon! Urdon! :)) (and that was it =) )
2 Macedonian old ladies:
OL1: So u lived in Jordan?
OL1: but u speak fluent Macedonian...
me: yes am half macedonian and half jordanian :))
OL2: there must be a macedonian school in Jordan... hence the fluency..
me: ha?! macedonian school in jordan!!? ( didn't expect such answer)
Macedonian friend: Jordan?? hmm.. yea yea.. Jordan River.. wasn't Jesus Christ baptised there?
to be continued :)