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Flotsam and jetsam from the Middle East.
Cultural Insensitivity, Egypt, Jordan
Some falafel flavoured “facts”:
- Researching Jordan is difficult; Katie Price has a lot to answer for.
- Jordanians can’t read road maps. When asking for directions, the addition of a map will make an already confusing conversation impossible. (Based on an entirely scientifically accurate poll of two people.)
- Lots of the houses here look unfinished, with rebar and pillars sprouting out of the tops of each roof. Apparently it is the dream of every man to own a home big enough to house his entire family and the extraneous material is there so that the son can add an additional level to the family home.
- It is almost certainly culturally insensitive to hear the evening call to prayer and for a second think it is an air-raid siren, even if you’re only 30 miles from Libya.
- The alcohol in Egypt is suspicious: Gordoon’s Gin, Johnny Warder Red Label and Finelandia Vodka are amongst the finer offerings.
- A fantastic Egyptian song from 2010 has a title that roughly translates as You have too many male friends on Facebook.
- Upper Egypt is in the South. Lower Egypt is in the North. It’s the Nile’s fault.