A Woman's Life in Jordan: The Joys and the Hassles

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A Woman's Life in Jordan: The Joys and the Hassles
« on: November 26, 2010, 07:00:23 »
A Woman's Life in Jordan: The Joys and the Hassles
   


The night is crisp, an unfamiliar feeling for June in Amman. A young blonde woman sits next to an elderly Jordanian woman on a dark green bench in Paris Circle. There are children playing with a slightly deflated soccer ball and across the square. Five old men in grey suits cram together on a single bench.

They stare at the foreigner, wondering why a blonde woman is sitting with the locals, wondering where she came from, and possibly, wondering if she’s a Russian prostitute. But she likes to believe they are just admiring the beautiful night and not her neckline. She ties a light blue scarf around her neck and ignores the men’s stares. Some foreign women take these stares as a great compliment, as it makes them feel beautiful, but she knows they are merely staring because she is blonde. But occasionally, she has to remind herself of this.
   

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