January 24, 2010 – Aqaba, Jordan
I consider myself to be an open-minded person.
No, really. Very open-minded. So I’m a bit surprised that traveling around North Africa-the Middle East-Muslim nations for the past month has given me a new totally perspective. I wasn’t quite ready for the complex nature of these societies, and I thought I was ready for anything. I think the best way to describe these countries is “layered.” Before I came, I thought I understood the political and social environment. But I don’t. All I now know is I haven’t a clue. For instance, my new friend Inji in Cairo described Cairo society as incredible diverse (and I agree). But my interpretation of diverse was different than hers. I was thinking of diverse in terms of nationalities, while she was talking about the intermingling of women who wear head scarves and those that don’t. Frankly, I wouldn’t have thought of dividing society in that way.
As I arrive in a new city, the port town of Aqaba, and a new country, Jordan, I’m thinking pretty deeply about this new view of mine and what it means. So stay tuned. You might actually be able to see my mind expand.
This entry was posted on Sunday, January 24th, 2010 and is filed under Arab Region.